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10 Employability Skills That You Need To Succeed

 The following 10 employability skills are all skills that employers want you to have.

These 10 employability skills will also help you do your job well, no matter what that job is.

Communication skills

You need the ability to explain yourself clearly, to listen, and to relate well to other people. Good communication helps people understand what you want or need, which means that you are more likely to get it. Listening to other people will make you more able to understand the job that you are trying to get done form other angles.

Problem solving skills

Things don’t always go to plan and some jobs are basically problem solving jobs. The ability to identify, understand, breakdown and solve problems as they crop up is important in the workplace.


The ability to come up with ideas and solutions by yourself rather than sit around waiting for someone else goes along with problem solving as a useful skill in the workplace. No employer wants to get back to the office and find that you haven’t done something that needs doing just because you’ve been waiting around for someone to tell you to do it – recognise the things that need doing and get on with it.


Resilience is important in all areas of life, if we are to be healthy and happy. The ability to work under pressure, handle change and stress and to meet deadlines are all important skills in many roles. Being resilient means being able to handle people putting pressure on you, knowing when to be assertive, and dealing with the fact that many people are not perfect – yourself included.

Organisational skills

Most of the time in the workplace we have lots of different tasks that need completing. The ability to plan and prioritise your work and monitor your own progress against targets and deadlines are all part of being organised.


In motorsport, the pit stop crew each have a very specific job to do. You won’t find them trying to do other people’s jobs and they won’t get in other people’s way.

The ability to work with other people, understand the role that they play in achieving a team objective, support them in doing so and respect them whilst doing so is vital to good team working.


The ability to identify and learn from mistakes and to change the way that you work to in order to get the job done is an important skill in the workplace and for self-development.

Numeracy skills

Unless it is actually your job – nobody expects you to be able to solve complex mathematical problems. However, the ability to use data and basic maths skills to accomplish a task, support conclusions and quantify results will be useful in most jobs.

Value diversity

The world that we live in is diverse. The ability to understand the value of diversity and difference in the workplace is therefore important. Respect and understanding is important if you are going to get on with other people.

Negotiation skills

The ability to reach agreements, express your needs in a non-combative way and to compromise where necessary will help you enormously in your day-to-day work life.

It’s not enough to just list these skills on a CV

    You need to think about these skills before you apply for a job and come up with examples that you can use to illustrate that you have them – for example, when you were working as part of a team, what did you do that helped another team member do their job well? (and that doesn’t mean doing it for them)


About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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