SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES FOR FRESH GRADUATES
Fresh Graduate recruiters look for specific job skills and competencies. These are what they have judged you need to do the job and work in their organization. They might seem straight forward in job descriptions: Communication, Teamwork and problem solving are just a few.
However this is the most common area of confusion for students and graduates when writing a CV or job application or attending an interview. It's when you might find yourself asking: "What Does Commercial Awareness really Mean?" and "How Can I Show My Time Management Skills On A CV?"
Here I will share and provide tips on how to develop them, and give examples of how they are assessed and how to demonstrate your abilities.
# 1 - Analytical Skills: The Ability To Make Sense Of Data
Graduates who demonstrate their analytical thinking during a job interview or assessment centre will stand out from other candidates.
# 2 - Commercial Awareness: It's How The Industry Fits Together
Graduates with good commercial awareness are conscious of how economic and political trends can impact on their chosen industry and the employers they have applied to.
# 3 - Be On Top Of The Basics: Essential Skills And Competencies
You need to show employers that you've mastered essential skills - such as numeracy, communicating clearly, organisation and drive - if you want to get a fresh graduate job.
# 4 - Adaptability And Flexibility: The Skills That Equip You For Any Challenge
What do employers mean when they seek adaptability and flexibility in their graduate hires? And how do they assess these qualities during interviews and assessment days?
# 5 - Communication: The Skill That Sustains Information Flow
The effective exchange of information is essential in business. Good communication is two-way; graduate job hunters need to show they can listen as well as speak out.
Different graduate professions require creative thinking in different ways: find out how best to demonstrate your creativity throughout recruitment process.
# 7 - Customer Service: The Hard Business Skill With A Soft Edge
Customer satisfaction is vital for a business' success, so graduates need to give clients and customers the same care and attention they would give their boss.
# 8 - Emotional Intelligence: A Secret Ingredient For Career Success
Emotional intelligence can help a fresh graduate become the best at what they do, be the best colleague possible and achieve career success.
if a fresh graduate job involves project management, teamwork or working with clients, recruiters are likely to seek influencing skills. But what are influencing skills?
# 10 - Leadership And Management: Prove You're More Than An Entry-Level Hire
Leaders set vision; managers get things done; the best fresh graduate hires can do both. Find out how to develop your leadership potential.
# 11 - Enterprise And Entrepreneurial Skills: Seizing Opportunities And Seeing Them Through
Fresh Graduates with strong enterprise skills can spot an opportunity and use their initiative and a proactive approach to make the most of it.
# 12 - Managing Ambiguity: The Essential Skill For Career Progression
Can you make the best decision based on the information available? Find out why fresh graduate recruiters value the ability to manage ambiguity.
# 13 - Managing Up: The Ability TO Make Life Easier For Your Boss
As a graduate in your first job, you might not have anybody to manage.. apart from your boss. Find out how to manage up and how it will help you succeed.
# 14 - Problem Solving: The Mark Of An Independent Employee
Problem-solving abilities are essential in virtually any graduate role you can think of. Discover how to develop your problem-solving skills and demonstrate them to eagle-eyed recruiters.
Many graduate employers look for resilience in their graduate hires, as it enables recruits to cope with change, problems and stress. Find out how to develop this essential quality and how it will be assessed by recruiters.
# 16 - Teamwork: It's high On The Graduate Recruiters' Wishlist
Teamwork is one of the fundamental skills employers look for and it's on the graduate recruiters' high priority list. Show you can collaborate, influence and compromise.
# 17 - Time Management, Prioritisation And Organisation: Being Ahead Of The Game
Knowing when and where to direct your efforts will help you succeed in your first graduate job.
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