Top 10 skills that Candidates should offer to Employers Fiona Betts 11 March 2011 www.BettsRecruitment.

com Employers concentrate on Candidates who offer a 360 degree ‘package’. Hiring today is not simply about being skilled only in the area which the Job Title relates t o. If your CV/Resume doesn’t demonstrate awareness, experience or knowledge that is appropriate to your role and seniority in each (or most) of the following are as, you could be missing out on Interview invitations: 1. Budgets: One of the most important skills a Candidate should demonstrate is a wareness of costs and adding value, especially in the current climate. If you’ve suggested a cost-saving idea, or introduced a service which brings in additional revenue, your prospective Employer will be encouraged by your commercial acumen , whichever department you work in. 2. Speaking: Meetings, Client interaction, getting the most from suppliers or wa ter-cooler moments; whatever the forum, being able to communicate your ideas, pe rsuade Customers, motivate, inspire and explain complex issues is one of the mos t sought after business skills. 3. Writing: Around 25% of CVs contain grammatical and spelling mistakes (and tha t doesn’t include acceptable errors if your CV is in English and it’s not your first language). If you can’t take the time to check your own Resume before sending it off for a job application, it’s unlikely that you’ll check any work you produce onc e employed. Good writing skills should relate to the reader and effectively con vey your point. Taken together, speaking and writing well are the key foundatio ns of your career development, because they’ll enable you to influence colleagues, enhance team spirit, improve productivity and push through management decisions . 4. Organising and Prioritising: Do you meet deadlines? Are you adept at prioriti sing your workload? Can you set up effective systems? Make sure your potential E mployer knows that you work in a logical way and that you get jobs done in an or derly and timely manner. Let them know that you understand your responsibilitie s and that they will be completed efficiently and effectively. 5. Initiative: Stating that ‘It’s not my job’ is the last thing an Employer wants to h ear. They’re looking for Employees who will add value to the Company by making su re things happen. If you bring new thinking to old ideas, let them know that yo u accomplish more than others, because you’re willing to roll your own sleeves up and work with colleagues to add value beyond the normal job remit. 6. Public Relations: Do you ever talk to people outside the Company as part of y our job? You may interact with Customers, Suppliers, Service-Providers, the Medi a or Professional Bodies and whilst you may not be required to address an audien ce of 500, you should be able to handle yourself well. Let your potential Emplo yer know that you understand the importance of PR and, if you have strong skills in that area, let them know that too. Combine PR skills with good grooming, to offer a very attractive Employee profile. 7. Training: Are you the person who your Boss asks to look after the new people, or do you have formal Training/Instructor qualifications? Make sure you get th ose points over very clearly, because being an Instructor says much more about y ou than technical ability and knowledge – it conveys good people skills, patience, willingness to set your own work aside to help other progress and more. Being a Trainer, at any level, is a key skill to highlight.

8. Interviewing: You may become involved in supporting Human Resources’ assessment of potential new Employees. If they know that you’ve had experience as an Interv iewer, or that you have knowledge which can help determine the most qualified pe rson for a job, you will be in demand because you will be able to enhance their generalist knowledge. 9. Negotiating: Have you secured amazing deals for your Employers? Have you re negotiated old deals, to improve terms? If you can demonstrate effective skills in this area, you will be highly desirable. 10. Energy and Commitment: If you are always willing to give a bit more in ever ything you do, it will be noticed. Arriving earlier and/or staying a little lat er than your colleagues makes a huge difference – but don’t think you’re fooling anyon e if you’re using that time to gossip or check your Facebook account. If you appr oach your job and your life with a high energy level, you will accomplish more. These 10 skills are hugely important and if your CV doesn’t convey your skills in these areas, then it’s time for a re-write. Don’t forget that ALL the Employer know s about you, is what you have written on that piece of paper and it’s that piece o f paper which has to work hard at getting you an Interview or Offer. If you’ve se nt the same Resume out 5 times and no-one has invited you to meet them, then it isn’t doing its job properly and needs to be changed. Immediately. If you don’t have the skills needed, then take the time to learn. Ask your collea gues to teach you, use the internet to research best practice – take the steps nee ded to develop your knowledge and at the same time you’ll enhance your employabili ty. The world is changing; it’s not enough to be ‘good at what you do’. Companies want to hire people who share their values and goals. If you offer the skills and expe rience they are looking for and can then enhance your application by demonstrati ng that you knit with the whole Company, they will focus on you as a Candidate w ho is worth talking to. Don’t bulk out your CV just to add more content, but do r eview each section and make sure you grab every opportunity to prove how you con tribute to the wider Company. You’ll very quickly convey valuable skills and achi evements that will have prospective Employers keen to meet you. Good Luck! Fiona Betts

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