What skills are employers looking for?

Here are some suggestions:

Communication and Literacy

What examples can you give that demonstrate your ability to communicate well? Are you a keen debater at home or with your friends?

Do you enjoy making presentations?How well do you write? Do you enjoy writing – perhaps keeping a diary or a blog? Think of all the different ways you can demonstrate your communication and literacy skills.


Team Working

Do you like working in groups? Are you a good team player or even a team leader? What evidence can you use to highlight your team working skills? This might be from home or work; in sports or hobbies; or perhaps in the classroom.


Problem Solving

Employers love problem solvers so it’s worth thinking about what challenges you have overcome in the past and perhapsexplaining how you go about solving problems. Are you a critical thinker? Do you have an eye for detail? Are you good at seeing the” wood from the trees” (the bigger picture)?  Can you spot mistakes and know how to put them right? Can you “think on your feet”?

Business and Customer Awareness

What experience do you have of the business world and in particular customer

care? At the very least you will have been a customer yourself in many different situations. What have you learnt from this customer experience? How often are you delighted with the service you are given? What makes good customer service? It’s a good idea to show employers that at least you have thought about this and that you appreciate the need for high quality customer service.


Making the Most of Work Experience

Have you undertaken any work experience before? This might be some family connected work or a part-time paper round. Or it may be something you have done through the college. What did you learn and what aspects of your work experience do you think would most impress employers? If you haven’t had any work experience to date, think about what you would like to gain from a trial job. And what skills can you bring to an employer willing to give you a chance? How enthusiastic will you be? You might think it’s not worth saying these things, but how else will an employer know whether you are the person for the job?

Prepare a short sentence whichencapsulates your approach to work and add this into your CV.

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Work Experience and Industry-Related Level 3 Award
This PLACE 21 course has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor that has been applied in its development.

NCFE are an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual, Wales (Qualification Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). Although this is an unregulated course and is not a nationally recognised qualification, it is part of our pilot project PLACE 21 which aims to put West Suffolk College at the heart of the community, bringing our students classroom experience closer to the workplace.