Employability Skills

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What do you think employers are looking for when they hire new employees? Let's look at the top 12 attributes and traits that were identified in a recent national survey.

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Employability Skills

  1. 1. Career Development What Do Employers Want in Employees? “ Soft Skills” versus “Hard Skills By: Mr. Breitsprecher
  2. 2. Soft Skills <ul><li>Ability to interact and communicate positively and productively with others </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes called “character skills” </li></ul><ul><li>Relates attitudes and outlooks on life </li></ul><ul><li>Learned as we grow up </li></ul><ul><li>Often not directly taught in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to explain, but we know when we see effective “soft skills” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Hard Skills <ul><li>Specific skills, task or job oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Technical skills & academic skills </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to define </li></ul><ul><li>Observable </li></ul><ul><li>Measurable by performance, tests or quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Directly taught in schools </li></ul>
  4. 4. Soft versus Hard Skills <ul><li>Soft skills make us teachable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Able to work and share with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready to learn & work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hard skills let us get things done </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus is on accomplishments </li></ul></ul>We need BOTH soft and hard skills!
  5. 5. Employers Say… <ul><li>Soft skills as important as hard skills </li></ul><ul><li>Can teach hard skills to those with soft skills </li></ul><ul><li>Probably cannot teach soft skills on-the-job </li></ul><ul><li>Hard skills/technical skills do not matter without soft skills </li></ul>
  6. 6. What do YOU think? <ul><li>Before we go forward, what skills or qualities do you think are most important? </li></ul><ul><li>Take out piece of paper, write down your ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Feel free to discuss it with a partner if you wish </li></ul><ul><li>When everyone is done, we will review what a recent national survey said. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Number 1 <ul><li>Positive Attitude </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheerful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upbeat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Can Do” attitude </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sense of humor </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What Do You See <ul><li>OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE </li></ul>Attitude It Makes All The Difference!
  9. 9. Number 2 <ul><li>Communication Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verbal </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. English Classes <ul><li>Learn what you can in school </li></ul><ul><li>Reading, writing, speaking are all related </li></ul><ul><li>Building skills in one area builds skills in all three </li></ul><ul><li>Build vocabulary & grammar skills </li></ul><ul><li>Write clear, concise sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Organize thoughts and presentations </li></ul>
  11. 11. Number 3 <ul><li>Computer skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboarding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Number 4 <ul><li>Strong Work Ethic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Honest day’s work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work smart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Efficient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete tasks </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Number 5 <ul><li>Honesty & Integrity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not lie, cheat, or steal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give a day’s work for a day’ wages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t make personal phone calls </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Number 6 <ul><li>Punctuality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be on time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t take long breaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Return from breaks, lunch on time </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Number 7 <ul><li>Flexible and adaptable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready to make changes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapt quickly, easily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Number 8 <ul><li>Problem Solving Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open minded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helpful </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Number 9 <ul><li>Interpersonal Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relate to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treat others as you want to be treated </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Number 10 <ul><li>Team Work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Respectful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accomplish Goals </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Number 11 <ul><li>Initiative, Motivation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-starter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opposite of lazy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-directed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-motivated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for things to do </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Number 12 <ul><li>Loyalty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak well of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive about organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive about job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep confidential information confidential </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. How About You? <ul><li>Which of these areas do YOU stand out in? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are some areas that you could improve? </li></ul><ul><li>Would YOU hire you? </li></ul>

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