In this highly competitive economy, employers are looking for workers who can do more than just fill a vacancy – they are looking for people who can help them grow. While any job has a specific skill set associated with it, companies want workers with “evergreen” job skills that are always useful in changing times.
If you want to find a job that will let you grow professionally, you’ll want to make sure that you have skills that will help your company grow right along with you. These skills will make you a highly sought-after candidate in any field, and will help you to keep the job you get:
Nobody has all the information they’ll ever need in their head (or on their desk) already, but if you know how to do research, you’ll always be able to find the information in a timely manner.
Every company runs into problems, and those problems need to be solved. A firm grasp of logic and reason will make you an invaluable asset.
Computers have taken over the workplace, and every worker needs to have at least a basic level of skill and comfort with modern technology, just to be able to function.
You don’t need to have a degree or special training in computers or information technology, but you’ll be expected to have a basic level of ability to work with computers.
Every job will require you to communicate with other people, in speaking and often in writing as well. Employers are interested in workers who can express themselves clearly in their dealings with supervisors, underlings and co-workers.
A messy desk may be acceptable (though it is never recommended), but a messy approach to your work is never something an employer is looking for. You’ll probably have to do a lot of different tasks, each with a different schedule and deadline, and being able to organize your work is crucial.
Every workplace has people in it, and those people often have different personalities and temperaments. Being able to work well with others, and communicate across barriers of culture and personality is necessary.
If you don’t know where you’re headed, neither does your company. Having a plan for your own career will make your employer more willing to help you achieve your goals since they will benefit from your growth.
These skills aren’t the only ones that you’ll need for your specific job, but they are skills that will make you an asset to any employer, and serve you well in any position that you’ll find yourself in.