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What is employability?

Outlines the key attributes, skills and knowledge sought by graduate recruiters

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Skills
Proactive
Self-
sufficient

Employability
"A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace - to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider community"
CBI http://www.cbi.org.uk/
Attributes
Interpersonal
Knowledge
Generic
Self-
awareness

Willingness
to learn

Resilient
Networking
Teamworking
Communication
Leadership
Customer
orientation
Cultural
awareness
Problem
solving
Flexibility
Commercial
awareness
IT &
numeracy
Specialist
knowledge

Intellectual
abilities

Resourceful
Driven
'Can-do' attitude
Seeks opportunities
Translating ideas into action
Initiating solutions
Responds positively to change
Able to cope with challenges
Persistent
Determined
Thriving off challenges
Overcomes setbacks
Able to work under pressure
Creative
Adaptable
Flexible
Builds relationships
Resourceful
Shares information & knowledge
Supporting others
Helping others
Presenting a positive personal image
Responsible
Self-motivated
Reliable
Decision maker
Able to prioritise
Manage own workload
Planning and organising
Inquisitive
Motivated
Enthusiastic
Continuing development
Open to new ideas
Eager to progress
Confidence
Personal vision & goals
Self-belief
Realistic
Aware of strengths & weaknesses
Aware of motivators
Direction
Makes things happen
Desire to succeed
Able to work independently
Subject specific knowledge
Vocation-specific knowledge or experience
Language skills
Technical skills or experience
Critical thinking ability
Reasoning & logic
Ability to analyse and synthesise information
Ability to evaluate
Research skills
Writing, speaking, listening
Questioning
Appropriate assertiveness
Negotiating
Reporting
Giving & accepting feedback
Using networks
Co-operating
Respecting others
Being supportive
Friendly
Contributing to discussion
Being responsible to others
Inspire & motivate others
Visionary
Creativity
Take responsibility
Assertiveness
Delegation
Integrity
Openess
Fairness
Global outlook
Awareness of own and others'
cultural beliefs and values
Understanding, appreciating and valuing the differences between individuals and different backgrounds
Awareness of the impact of own culture on perceptions
Check assumptions
Focus on needs of customers
or other stakeholders
Being responsive
Striving to improve products or service
Communicating clearly with stakeholders
Competent
Self-starter
Personable
Team-player
Initiative
Able to represent the organisation
Accuracy
Attention to detail
Diligent
Hard-working
Eye for detail
Alert
Meticulous
Scientific
Data handling
Rigorous
Analytical
Articulate
Tenacious
Sociable
Committed
Conscientious
Persevering
Loyal
See things through
Enthusiastic
Trustworthy
Reliable
Analytical skills
Logical & practical
Creative
Overcome obstacles
Enjoy challenges
Results oriented
Trouble-shooting
Think innovatively
Identify solutions
Able to adapt to changing circumstances
Versatile
Adaptable
Work under pressure
Multi-task
Manage multiple tasks simultaneously
Handle conflicting demands
Manage deadlines
Business acumen
Business awareness
Up to date with sector/ industry
Market awareness
Enterprising
Seeks opportunities
Has relevant work experience
Competent IT user
Numerate
Able to apply general numeracy skills
Good with numbers
Technically savvy
Familiar with a range of media
Able to use databases and spreadsheets
Familiar with common software packages
Ability to influence others
Persuading
Influence
Attribute:
noun
"A quality or feature regarded as
a characteristic or inherent part
of someone or something."
Skill
: (noun)
"the ability, coming from one's
knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc.,
to do something well"
Knowledge
: (noun)
1. Information and skills acquired through experience or education;
the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
2. What is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information.
We have listed some examples of the types of knowledge which will help your employability. This is not exhaustive and will vary hugely from sector to sector, but gives a general overview of the range of knowledge-related aspects of employability you should consider.
Dedicated
Delegation
Challenge
Building customer relationships
In this Prezi, we explore some of the skills, attributes and knowledge which are most frequently requested by graduate recruiters.

Each of these has related factors, or alternative descriptions in the surrounding circle.

You do not necessarily have to possess all of these; this can help you assess your employability and identify the words to look out for in job descriptions.

For more detail on some of the most sought-after skills and attributes see 'more in this section' on the right of this page.
Professionalism
Professional
Ethical awareness
Ethical awareness
Social/ cultural sensitivity
Able to work independently
Jessica Henderson, August 2012
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