Employability Skills

When we have a look at different job descriptions, one of the qualifications dreaded by young graduates is on  experience. As a graduate, you have a certain expectation that there are jobs out there that suit what you are looking for. However, some of these companies that are advertising  positions  require someone who has three years, four or even five years experience.

You then tend to ask yourself how do they expect me to meet this criteria and yet I am fresh out of college /university?

This is where you focus on your employability skills.

[blockquote author=”Deborah Beaton”]These are the achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.[/blockquote]

Yes, you may not have  three years experience in the corporate world for the position that you have applied for. However these are the key areas one should check while applying for such positions:

  1. What are my key skills? Looking at the job description, identify what are the key skills that one possesses that are critical and relevant in the position that you are applying for.
  2. What have I done so far that fits into this job? Have a look at what you have done in your years in college/university. What are the roles that one has been involved in, whether in clubs, projects or internships, that may fit into the roles that the job position is advertising for.

There you have it. Be encouraged in your job search knowing that you are well able to get the job done. If you work around these two, updating your CV around them, you might increase your chances of getting that much anticipated job interview.

Go for it!