Top 5 Skills Most Employers Look For

Jan. 11, 2022, 1:41 p.m.
Regardless of the position you’re applying for, Employers will always be looking out for specific skills that are essential for every candidate to have. If you’re applying for an Apprenticeship, these skills may be something you can master to use to your advantage if you're yet to have experience or qualifications on your side. Below our team have listed 5 skills that we believe most employers will be looking for when hiring an apprentice…

1. Communication Skills

Having the ability to effectively communicate internally and externally within a business is essential. Communication skills can include how you approach conversations with your fellow team members, and also with external connections such as customers or clients.
More recently, employers are also looking for candidates to have the ability to communicate digitally. This includes sending Emails, communicating via online systems, and in some cases via Social Media.

2. Self-Motivation

Motivation is often something that stems from within and it all comes from having a positive mindset and being aware of the goals you want to achieve. When recruiting for an apprentice, employers will often see motivation and your desire to achieve as the biggest asset you can have.

If you’re approaching an entry level role, and lacking in experience or qualifications, having a positive attitude towards your self-progression will be a fantastic way to impress an employer. In some cases, employers will hire candidates based on their attitude and passion for the role, over their specific experience or skills.

“Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”

3. Teamwork Skills

The majority of roles that you’ll come across will require you to work in partnership with others, this could either be working alongside internal team members or having to liaise with an external network.
Team working skills are often broken down into your ability to communicate effectively, delegate tasks and take responsibility for your own work. When conducting an interview, the employer may also be assessing your personality to consider whether they believe you’ll be compatible when working with their existing team. It’s also important that you consider how adaptable you are to different types of people, from different levels of the professional hierarchy - this is something you can work on as you gain experience in the working environment.

4. Organisation and Punctuality

When employing a candidate who has a lack of experience in the working world, an employer will want to ensure that they’re fully committed to the role and challenge ahead of them. With little history behind you, it’s important that you show your commitment to being punctual in other ways; you can start by showing up to all meetings during the recruitment stage on time and with a high level of preparation.
Regardless of the role you’re applying for, having strong organisational skills can be an extremely attractive trait to employers. Have a think about whether you’re a good planner, critical thinker and pay good attention to detail.

5. Digital Skills

The majority of roles in the modern workplace will require you to have experience when dealing with digital technology. This could include the ability to operate a computer, the latest smartphone or even a piece of technology specific to the company or sector of work. For example, if you’re looking to progress with your career in Graphic Design, the employer may be looking for candidates who have expressed their own desire to learn how to use a specific design programme such as the Adobe Creative Cloud.