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Wednesday 23 January
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Employability Service

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Employability skills

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What are the top skills employers are looking for?


Readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

Team Work

Respecting others, co-operating, negotiating/persuading, contributing to discussions, and awareness of interdependence with others.

Business and Commercial Awareness

Basic understanding of the key drivers for business success - including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty.

Complex Problem Solving

Analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

Communication and Literacy

Application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy including listening and questioning.

Application of IT

Including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, file management and use of internet search engines.


Manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts (e.g. measuring, weighing, estimating and applying formulae).

Project Management

Planning, organising, motivating, and controlling resources to achieve specific goals.

Intercultural Awareness

Everyday conversational ability can be useful, as can a general awareness of cultural differences.

Social Responsibility

Awareness of current and future societal issues. Able to act for the benefit of others based in an understanding of social and civic responsibilities.

Emotional Intelligence

Capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships effectively.

Critical Thinking

Ability to understand, analyse, and interpret information and draw conclusions.

Negotiation and Influencing

Ability to change others’ attitudes, opinions or behaviour through discussing an issue with one or more other people to determine ways to reach agreement and mutual satisfaction.

Audit your skills

Use this simple tool to identify the skills you already have and those that you need to develop to improve your job prospects.