Applying for a job can be a really frustrating process, so it’s important to know what kinds of things employers are looking for. There are a few things which can really make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to hiring. Read on to learn three things employers really care about.
How valuable are hard skills if you do not have any soft skills? Does it matter that you are a software programming genius if you aren’t able to listen to the needs of your boss and communicate with your team? Soft skills are attributes such as working well with others, adaptability and self-management. For some, soft skills come naturally, and other people need to be taught. Either way, it is always a good idea to take a workshop on cultivating your soft skills. Taking advantage of opportunities to volunteer can also help you to develop your soft skills outside of the workplace.
The question of whether college degrees are becoming obsolete is being brought up in discussions among colleges as well as business owners. Statistics show that formal education is still important to employers but not in the same way that it used to be. Employers are beginning to care less about the prestige of your alma mater. Degrees from nontraditional schools can be just as valuable those from prestigious colleges, depending on the field of study. Your educational value is all about context. Employers are aware that having a certificate from an accredited technical school that solely teaches computer coding can be just as useful as having a bachelor degree in the same field.
Creative thinking in the workplace can be invaluable. Being able to think outside the box and on your feet to quickly troubleshoot an unexpected problem is a highly valuable skill to employers. Remaining calm while everyone else is panicking usually comes hand-in-hand with this skill. However, as with all skills, if you are a creative thinker who does not have soft skills, things can get messy. Employers will value your creativity, but only if you know how to read the room and understand the dynamics of how to apply it in within your specific work environment. Understand your team and boss and learn when and how to approach them with ideas in a way that they will value.
Knowing which career you want to pursue will inform the type of education you need. Besides your formal education, work on developing your soft skills, and be reliable and well-rounded. This will ensure that employers will be more likely to consider you as a potential candidate as well as give you some amazing life skills for the future.