Which trainee skills are employers on the lookout for?
Today’s stat source quotes the ACCA, which means the original research was exploring the accounting sector. But don’t disappear just yet! Even if you’re not looking to work in the finance field (which happens to be a prominent local employment sector), you’ll see just how many of these skills apply to other industries. All of them, really!
Even if you’re not a trainee, you should be developing these abilities. Especially if you’re looking to take your experience into a new line of work.
The 10 most wanted trainee skills include:
- ‘Strategic decision making’ abilities
- ‘Industry-specific knowledge’
- Technical confidence
- Communication abilities
- Demonstrating initiative
- Being open to change
- Able to meet deadlines
- Commitment and loyalty
- An eagerness to improve
- Excellent customer service
The original feature tells you a little more about how each skill relates to the accounting profession. So, it’s well worth a read if this is your target industry.
How to show employers you have these abilities…
As ever, you need to find ways to convey the link between these job skills and your work experience and achievements. Your CV and/or cover letters are just the place to highlight your core abilities.
It’s not good enough to simply say you can make strategic decisions. Give an example of when you’ve done this and its benefits – even if your example comes from a non-employment role, such as a voluntary position or university project.
As for the industry-specific knowledge, this is where you have to show you’ve done your research. Let interviewers know what you’ve learned about their sector and its challenges and how you can help overcome them. Remember, even trainees play a vital role in helping organisations reach their goals.
Work through the rest of the list and consider which skills you truly possess and how you can prove them. If there are any gaps in your skill-set see what you can do to build them.
Top tip: don’t forget to tailor your CV to any specific vacancies you’re applying for. Watch out for key phrases in job ads and apply the above technique to your application.