Local employers want you to demonstrate that you have employability skills. Some of them might want to see specific qualifications. ALL of them will want to see evidence of ‘soft skills’ in addition to good grades in English and Maths.
Soft skills, also known as interpersonal skills or people skills, are the personal qualities that characterise a person’s relationships with other people. They include communication skills, conflict resolution and negotiation, common sense, creative problem solving, a sense of humour, strategic thinking, team building, influencing skills and selling skills, to name a few.
In the workplace, soft skills are often considered to be as important as hard skills, which refer to a person’s knowledge and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity. Whereas hard skills can be learned and perfected over time, soft skills are more difficult to acquire and change. . . read more
Phillip has some good advice for young people based on his experience of working with local employers and also preparing local people for the world of work… watch the video below!
It’s often said that hard skills on your CV will get you an interview but you need soft skills to get (and keep) the job.
. . . you can go back to Meet Some Employers for a reminder of the skills, qualifications and experience that you will need to get a job in each sector.
. . . you can also visit BEACH – Brighton Employability Advice & Careers Hut – to explore what employers in Brighton & Hove are saying about what they want. Or maybe you’d like to check out Take OFF ‘Our Future First’ to hear from employers in the Gatwick Diamond (Gatwick, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex).
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