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BTEC National - ICT Practitioners Unit 1 Communication and Employability Skills for IT Assignment title: Developing skills that employers Need In this task I am going to research what attributes different employers may require to get a job after I complete my studies. My main focus is to explain in this task the skills and attributes different employer's value, I will therefore then describe the development needs of a person and how these needs can then be met. As the job market is a lot more competitive nowadays this makes getting a job increasingly difficult, and so showing an employer that you are fit for the job is a vital factor. Employers mainly search for the appropriate technical skills but also as well as general personal attributes. There are 17 different attributes an employer will be looking for, these are as follow; 1. Technical Knowledge For many jobs the skills that are associated to performing a job are most important. For example if an employer owned a catering business and required a chef, the employer would check that the employee has all the required qualifications and skills to perform the job. If the employee did not have the essential skills and qualifications, then the employer is least likely to employ the person. As a sales representative they may be required to own their own mode of transport. Some employers may provide them with their own company car but it is in greater demand that the employee would have their own means of transport. This would be important to an employer as it means the business will not have to pay great sums of money to buy transport for their employee's. This would encourage the employer to therefore employ a person who has both the qualifications and properties best suited to match the job. Another example for employers looking for technical knowledge may be airline employers. ...read more.


This makes written communication very important and most employers will expect good forms of written communication. An example includes; an employee may be expected to insert a column of text into the businesses newsletter or website. An employer will be looking for these skills to see if the prospective employee will suit the post to manage different types of documents and be able to communicate with customers and other members of staff. If not then the employer will have to help try and develop the employee's skills and not many employers will bother with training, and so they will look for employees who will match their required criteria. 7. Numeric Skills Many employers will expect a prospective employee to demonstrate some level of numeric knowledge and creative skills. Evidence of these kinds of skills can be proved by GCSE (General certificate of Secondary Education) certificates such as maths. Skills required such as being able to use all the controls on a calculator, and how to calculate accurate sums without using a calculator. Many accountants will have some experience of a maths qualification. An employer will value this attribute from any prospective employee as it shows skill specialised to that particular job. As an accountant they will have the responsibility of handling money whether in the form of cash, cheque etc. they will may need to calculate a specified amount of interest on a loan or an account. Without the skills for this type of job, the prospective employee will stand little chance of obtaining the job. 8. Creativity For some jobs an employer may be looking especially for creative skills. These kinds of skills can be demonstrated through the use of a portfolio of work. This could be the manipulation of different images or the design of a new website. Creativity is a thinking skill that can be shown by contributing different artistic ideas to a specific project. ...read more.


By having other employee's that have confidence in each other will help how individual's ideas are accepted. Confidence can be hard to show and is mostly read through body language, stance and tone of voice. Any employer will value confidence as a good quality in an employee; however over-confident is not a quality to be shown as some may easily mistake this for arrogance. This might reflect in not thinking whilst producing a strategy plan. Missing out a vital clue or skim over an important aspect may result in a large problem at some stage. This is why confidence is an important skill factor in employment. If an employer did not require an employee with a good level of confidence this could upset work within the workplace and so to avoid this, the employer will interview each candidate to dictate whether they are suitable for the pole. 17. Self - Motivation Some people are described as self-starters, in other words they do not require anyone else to motivate them. People who are not self motivated either do very little or use other team mate's energy to keep them going. This type of person is not best suited in a team and so an employer will not look for people who reside from these skills. This will help reduce the amount of interviews and candidates there will be for the job therefore making it easier for the employer to decide. Staying motivated is a very hard task however it is greatly valued by employers whenever they see a fellow employee continuously making progress even though there may be an endless supply of tasks to be completed. An example of self motivation could be setting a period of time a piece of work will have to be completed for and sticking within this limit. All of these attributes combine to help the chances of being employed increasingly better. Different skills serve different purposes. Some are harder than others to develop and to maintain. However these will all help in applying for a job in future years. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jody Mc Laughlin ...read more.

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