TheEmployable are delighted to introduce David Shindler, established Employability Author, Coach and Consultant who has agreed to write a Guest Blog for http://www.theemployable.com/
David Shindler is the author of Learning to Leap, a Guide to Being More Employable. An experienced
coach, consultant and facilitator, David helps people at any life stage accelerate their employability. He also owns the Employability Hub, an online social learning community where people share and learn about employability issues.
Check out his post below:
Unemployed? These Skill Sets Make You Employable!
“Mindset will often trump skills,” says James Reed, Chairman of recruitment firm, Reed. Exhibiting the right mindset, indeed, can turn a pedestrian resume — and interview — into a genuine opportunity for employment. But what is the right mindset? What are employers looking for — from you?
Enthusiasm and a ‘can do’ attitude come from your personality, choosing your attitude and enjoying your job. Take initiative, empathize and see how to make things better.
Employers want active people willing to take responsibility; self-starters who are assertive, flexible, resilient,
balanced, reliable, able to juggle tasks, committed to their own development and presentable.
Knowing what good teamwork looks like–and how you can best contribute based on your strengths; co-operating, leading and following in order to deliver a professional service or product and enhance the customer experience.
Listening, questioning well to build rapport, empathy and productive relationships to achieve what the business requires. Putting across your views coherently, fluently and confidently. Producing clear, structured written work.
Information/social communication tools, including word processing, spreadsheets, collaboration, mobiles, search engines and the Internet. Embrace the digital revolution or become obsolete.
Analyzing facts and situations; creative thinking and working collaboratively to develop solutions. Creativity is applying your imagination – we all have one.
Quick mental calculations, estimating, how to work out a percentage instantly. Applying basic numerical concepts to everyday life takes you a long way–understanding statistical significance is significant
Business and Customer Awareness
A fundamental part of being employable is how well you manage your relationships with customers or users; align your mindset with the behaviour you want to present to a customer; look wider than your role.
Of course, not all of us are good at every skill set above. The secret is to “sell” what you’re good at now — and articulate a willingness to learn those not yet mastered. Most important, you must convincingly show how your skill set will solve the problem of the employer — now and long-term.
Want more practical advice?
Next time an interviewer says, “Tell me about you..?” — instead of telling them where you live, went to school, or about your kids — start with this list of skill sets, and show the recruiter you are employable!
Thank you David for your helpful tips and thank you for supporting TheEmployable movement so far! If you would like to get in contact with David for more details tweet him or visit his website at www.employabilitycoaching.co.uk.
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