Found a job you like the look of? How to best demonstrate your skills to nail that job

Found a job you like the look of? How to best demonstrate your skills to nail that job

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Are you leaving school this year? Have you been looking for a job in lockdown? Have you found a job you like the look of but you’re not sure how to demonstrate your skills?

Alex Leonard, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at Sheffield Futures provides advice and guidance on how to demonstrate your skills on a job application, or on the phone during an interview.

Hello, Alex again here and this time I’m going to look at the top ten skills that employers in Sheffield want to see and how to show you’ve got these skills.

Top 10 skills

  1. IT and tech

Remember the importance of demonstrating this. Unless you provide an example specifically, other people won’t just assume you have the skills. For example, if you’re going for an office job, specifically outline how you’ve used Office 365 in the past to meet objectives.

  1. Problem solving

Think about a time in life when you’ve overcome a problem. If you don’t have a work-based problem then something personal is fine too. Think about what the problem was, what you did to solve it and what the result was.

  1. English language

If you’re speaking, remember to think about what you want to say and then speak clearly, slowly and be conscious of breathing normally to stay calm.

  1. English literacy

If you’re writing a CV or an application, the quality of your written presentation says a lot about you. Remember do your applications in Microsoft Word and use the spelling and grammar check. If you can, get someone you trust to look over it for you!

  1. Attention to detail

Show the employer you’ve spent some time looking at their website and finding out details about them.

  1. Teamwork

If you don’t have team-work experience on a job then think about a time you have worked in a team in school, on a project or even while gaming online or doing a team sport. What part did you play in the team meeting its goal?

  1. Maths

A good way to demonstrate your skills in this area is how you manage money in your personal life. How do you manage the money you have to make sure you can meet your needs?

  1. Planning

Make sure you’ve read the job description, you know what they’re looking for and you can demonstrate your skills in these areas! Be there on time, well dressed and show them you know your strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Organisation

Do your research. Use this to define reasons why you want to work for them. This will set you apart.

  1. Communication

Talk clearly but also be conscious of listening, make sure your body language is alert, confident and smart and make direct eye contact with the person you are talking to.

For more information, advice and guidance about getting into work from Alex visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk and check out  Alex’s videos on Sheffield Futures YouTube channel 

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