Selecting a candidate for a job is a difficult decision. Nowadays, employers are looking for some basic skills that go beyond academic education. They may not be directly related to the position offered, but they usually have an impact on the productivity of employees and the quality of their work.

Basic skills employers most want

These are the nine basic skills that companies are looking for in every professional:

  1. Communication51% of companies believe that communication is the most important skill their employees must have. Whether you’re speaking or writing, expressing yourself properly is essential, especially if you work from home.
  2. Self-confidence. You need to be self-confident if you want to improve any aspect of your life and that also includes your productivity. Self-confidence is not just something you may have or not, you can also train it. Believe in yourself and never forget your opinion counts too.
  3. Time Management. Being able to organise your work and estimate time accurately to know how long it will take you to accomplish each task, or being aware of when you are more productive are key skills in any position.
  4. Networking. The ability to make new contacts is vital to your work. In addition to helping you find new job opportunities, it can also be a way to find new customers, recruit talent or expand your professional circles.
  5. Technological knowledge. Even those who do not work directly with technology need some basic knowledge in this field. The more technical skills you have, the more likely you are to be promoted or find a new job.
  6. Critical thinking. We all have to make decisions, solve problems and find new ideas. Think critically and make creative decisions.
  7. Teamwork. In most jobs, we depend on others to carry out our work. Therefore, it is essential to make everyone feel part of the team, communicate, share goals and even have some fun together at work.
  8. Negotiation skills. Taking into account all the views and finding solutions that may satisfy all parties will help you to negotiate a raise, but also to solve any everyday conflict.
  9. Emotional intelligence. The difference between ‘meeting’ and ‘knowing’ somebody is empathy. It helps you to get to know the people around you, the needs of your customers, how to motivate your teams and how to manage conflicts.

Boosting these basic skills will help you improve both as a professional and as a person. And what’s more, it will make your day-to-day work much easier.

Translation by Susana Castro


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