Have you ever wondered, “What are those skills I need to improve on that can fetch me a job?” If yes, then you are reading the right article. This article will definitely help you whether you an aspirant, a student or a graduate. In this article, I will list out 11 skills that can boost your CV and get you a job.
Not only will I list these skills, I will also guide you on how to improve on these skills. If you still doubt me, read some of my previous guides here.
Now, I will list out the 7 job-fetching skills for you.
- Communication skill
- Computer skill
- Writing skill and Reading skill
- Planning skill
- Leadership skill
- Teamwork skill
- Management skill
- Sales/Marketing skill
- Problem solving skill
- Decision making skill
- Mathematics skill
11 SKILLS THAT CAN FETCH YOU A JOB YOU SHOULD IMPROVE
This is probably the most important skill you need to work on. The first real impressive an employer gets is from the way you communicate. This skill comes in two forms
- Speaking skill
- Listening skill
Both are important skills you should improve yourself on. You should learn to listen more than you speak. Every day, try to learn new words and how to use them. Use these new words while speaking with friends and soon, these words will become part of you.
We are now in the computer era. If you are not following the era, you are definitely lost. Even a little knowledge of computer can get you a job. Some people cannot even switch on a desktop. Funny right? That is just the truth. If you can’t learn advance computer uses like programming, graphic designing, website designing, database managing and others, at least learn the basic uses of the computer. This include how to type fast, how to use the mouse, how to create, delete, edit folders and files, how to use the internet among others. You can proceed to further your computer knowledge to have an edge over others.
One of my teachers told me this:
I went for a job interview as an Accounting student. After series of interview, I was put to the final test. There, I was given a computer (desktop) without a mouse. They gave me a letter to type and save on a desktop without a mouse! I asked myself, how do I open Microsoft word to start typing the document?
Let me ask you a question. If you were the one, what will you do? Will you just tell your employers you can’t open the program because there is no mouse?
No! you shouldn’t do that. All you have to do is to use the Start button on the keyboard, go to All Programs with the arrow keys and press ENTER. Scroll down to Microsoft Office with the Arrow keys and Press ENTER. There, you will see the Microsoft Word software. Open it with ENTER key and you are good to go!.
WRITING SKILL AND READING SKILL
These are important skills you should improve on. You may be thinking, “I can read and write now”. You, you can, improving reading and writing skill is more than that. Let me ask you a question, Have you ever written a 2000+ article without copying from others? When was the last time you did that?
Those who write great articles that you read were not born with it. They become better and better with more practice. The more you write, you better you become in writing. However, what you can write depends on what you read. You can’t write down what you don’t have in your head. No matter your course or career, your reading and writing skills are indispensable.
Cultivate the habit of reading daily. Reading won’t kill you; it will only make you discover what you are capable of. If you are the type that read only during examination periods, then your reading skill is poor.
Have you ever been the planner of a successful event? If not, you need to find a way to become one. Becoming a Master planner is all about practice, though you may be naturally talented. What are those things I can plan and become an expert in planning? You can start by planning your day tomorrow.
Wake up as early as possible, write down the list of things you want to do tomorrow. Proceed to list when, where and how you want to do those things. Try to get things done according to your plan and see if it is possible and successful. With constant practice, you become a Master planner.
If you ever want to become a leader in your field, then you must improve your leadership qualities. People can only make you a leader when they see the qualities of a good leader in you. Your ability to lead and direct others is another quality you don’t want to miss out.
Look for good leaders around you and find a way to ask them how. You must be confident in yourself and what you are capable of doing. At the same time, you should learn to be humble to your followers. Learn to earn people’s respect; don’t force them to respect you.
Respect should be earned and not forced.
The success of an organization in most cases, depend on team work and not individual work. When you are good individually, learn to work with others effectively. If you think you can do it all on your own, then you are missing it. Learn to team up with others and work towards a goal.
Teamwork, according to an anonymous author divides the task and multiplies the success. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved easily.
If you dream it up, you can team it up. Teamwork make the dream work.
Your ability to manage your time and resources is another important skill you should improve one. Time may not be enough to do everything, it is enough to do the most important things. Learn to do with your time the most important things of your life. If you can’t manage your time and resources, then you can’t manage your life.
Every company wants to improve her income. If you don’t have knowledge about sales and marketing strategies that work, your service may not be in need. The more income you can bring to a company, the more valuable you become to the CEO of that company. Money is used to run the organization, so don’t underestimate the value of Sales and marketing skills.
PROBLEM SOLVING SKILL
If you cannot solve simple as well and complex problems, what can you do? Day-by-day, we all come across series of problems. However, our ability to manage these problems makes us different. When you come across one, don’t run away or be afraid of it. Face it, and don’t rest until you find a solution.
DECISION MAKING SKILL
Do you find it easy making decisions during tough times? Or you are the type that depends on decisions from others? You don’t need to! I am not disputing the fact that you should ask for people’s opinion. In fact, I do that also. However, don’t let people decide for you.
If you make the wrong decision today, tomorrow is another day. The more the decisions you make (whether right or wrong), the more you learn and improve your decision making skill.
A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion. – Grantland Rice.
You may be surprised I mentioned this, but you shouldn’t be. Don’t ever think that you don’t need to know Mathematics, it is very important. If you want to know how important Mathematics is, read this article.
Some students are now used to calculators that they can’t solve simple equations without it which is very bad.
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