It’s impossible to know exactly what each employer is looking for, whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’ve been working for decades. As an entry-level professional, however, it can be more daunting because you’re coming in with little to no experience. Instead of letting yourself be overwhelmed, consider these important skills when applying for an entry-level position.
It would be hard for even the most qualified candidate to get hired without a positive attitude. Employers don’t want to hire grumps who are going to bring their negativity into the office. Practice viewing the glass as half full and see where this attitude can take you!
If you can’t communicate well, you likely won’t be a top candidate for a position. Both verbal and non-verbal communication plays a part in this as well. When you come into an interview, make sure you present yourself well and speak clearly. Avoid crossing your arms and other body language that can send the wrong message. Your interview is your chance to show that you can communicate, and you can do it well.
Ability to be organized
It’s true certain fields require more organization than others, but that doesn’t mean disorganization rules anywhere. You must find a system that works for you to make sure you can keep track of projects and meet your deadlines in a timely manner. If you aren’t organized, you can bring the team down.
This also extends to being organized with your time. In most workplaces, work hours are not a suggestion and lunch break aren’t negotiable every day. Punctuality is a key skill you don’t want to be overlooked in a position or let go.
How flexible are you? Things in the workplace will change and your employer will want to know you can change with them. Even if it’s not the easiest thing for you, be open to change when it happens.
If you can’t play nice with others, you aren’t really of value to the rest of your team. A lot of this comes down to your attitude and communication – make sure you aren’t assuming you’re better than others and watch your interactions.
On top of those soft skills, there are also hard skills when it comes to certain technologies. Software like Microsoft Office is used in most environments and being at least proficient in services like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel is essential. The ability to code using HTML/CSS and read analytics can give you a leg up in this digital world.
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