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What do employers want?

Does it surprise you to know, that when we asked 200 local employers what was important to them in their workforce, qualifications was the least important?

Numeracy: the ability to understand, interpret and reason with numbers and other mathematical concepts. Involves a wide range of knowledge and skills including the ability to calculate and to give meaning to numbers; short term memory; spatial and measurement skills, and the ability to think logically. A high level of numeracy is essential in a range of occupations and is a key requirement of many employers.

Also known as “computer literacy”, IT skills can cover beginner usage to programming and advanced problem solving. Be specific – if you have good knowledge of Microsoft Office, say so! Do you have excellent Excel skills, a moderate Access user or are you an advanced C++ programmer?

Employers need candidates or staff who can represent their company well face to face, on the telephone and in all aspects of interaction with customers

The skills which are needed to take on task-focused team roles include:
Organising and Planning Skills. Being organised is essential to getting tasks done.

Communication Skills.
Persuasion and Influencing Skills.
Feedback Skills.
Skills in Chairing Meetings.
Conflict resolution.

Employers need staff who will make reasoned judgements that are well thought out using analysis, reflection, problem solving and decision making processes – and use their own initiative as required by their roles
Creative problem solving is a way of solving problems or identifying opportunities when conventional thinking has failed. It encourages you to find fresh perspectives and come up with innovative solutions, so that you can formulate a plan to overcome obstacles and reach your goals
Organisational skills refer to your ability to stay focused on different tasks, and use your time, energy, strength, mental capacity, physical space, etc. effectively and efficiently in order to achieve the desired outcome
Commercial awareness is an understanding of how employers and their businesses work. It’s about knowing what’s going on in the world and analysing the way it might impact on your job or the company

Transferrable Skills

These are often known as transferable skills, as they are generic and can be used equally well in all areas of work. Other examples include:
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