Skills are just something that you are good at or they are a part of you. Everybody in the world has a skill, but sometimes they are hard to find. When employers look for some one to hire they are looking for people with specific skills to fit the job. Each job has different skills that are accompanied with each job, but there are four main areas in which all employers look for when they want to hire somebody. They are: basic skills, thinking skills, people skills, and most importantly personal qualities.
When I say basic skills I mean skills that we learn while we are in school. Reading, writing, mathematics, speaking, and listening are all very simple things but sometimes the little things are the hardest. Employers just want to make sure that you are going to be able to read things, write things down, and communicate well with the customers or whatever the situation might be.
Thinking skills are skills that are developed over time; these skills include creative thinking, problem solving, and decision-making. Here your employer just wants to make sure that if you are given a situation at work you are going to be able to handle it; and that you are ready and willing to make important decisions, and if there is a problem then you are going to handle it.
People skills are skills that you also learn in school but by being around other people; these include: social, negotiation, leadership, teamwork, and cultural diversity. Here your employer is trying to see if you are able to lead a group while being a part of the group and treating everyone equally. Also your employer will want to know how you deal with the public, if you are representing the company well.
The last and most important are your personal qualities; your self-esteem and how responsible you are. Your employer will be able to see all of this when you first come into the office. If you come in with your head down, and you think that right off you’re not going to get hired then most likely you won’t. It’s all about how you present yourself. If you aren’t responsible about getting to work on time or meeting a deadline, your boss is just going
to think that you are not responsible enough to handle the job.