Top 6 Skills Employers Want

Have you ever wondered what skills employers are looking for in your CV?

Recently, we had a chance to talk to some of our clients to get their perspective on what exactly they’re always looking for and while some answers were expected, others were certainly surprising.

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  1. Leadership Skills

This was listed as one of the most desirable skills by our clients and it’s a no brainer. Employers are always looking for candidates with proven self – initiative, even if they don’t have managerial experience. Candidates that go the extra mile and embrace challenges are always great assets to any organization. So the question is, when was the last time you did something out of the ordinary?

  1. Communication Skills

Think about it. You’re always interacting with people in the workplace at some point or another, whether as a colleague or service provider or even a representative of the company. Professional relationships, especially good ones, are built on consistent and effective communication, but are you communicating effectively?

  1. Problem Solving Skills

Experts will always be quick to point out problems but what employers are more interested in is in your ability to solve problems as they arise and whether you’re a solution to a problem they’re currently facing or just another observer. This skill usually goes hand in hand with analytical thinking. Remember, in order to solve a problem, you first have to identify it.

  1. Integrity

Listed as one of the biggest issues currently facing corporate governance, employers want to know that they can trust their employees and any red flags spotted in your CV could be the difference between success and failure.

  1. Strong Planning and Organizational Skills

Most jobs require the performance of a variety of tasks and employers want to feel assured that you can multi task and prioritize your work to avoid missing deadlines which could cost the organization in the long run.

  1. Active Learner

When was the last time you read a new book in your industry or attended a training? In a constantly changing world, it pays to be aware of new trends in your industry especially technology related skills due to their tendency to become outdated very fast. Being an active learner indicates your flexibility and adaptability to new situations to employers, a great advantage in today’s dynamic environment.

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4 Things Recruiters Find Off Putting In Your CV

Have you been sending your CV over and over again and been failing to get a response?

Even when you’re more than qualified for the job position?

Then it could have something to do with your CV, says Margaret, our Head of Recruitment. “Often we receive a high volume of applications, but sometimes, due to a poorly done CV, many great candidates miss out on opportunities they would otherwise be qualified for. It’s all about presentation,” she explains.

A curriculum vitae is usually the first point of contact between candidates and recruiters and if done well can act as a great marketing tool. In today’s competitive job market, writing a good CV is vital in clinching that all important job hence you can’t afford to make costly mistakes.

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Here are 4 things you might be doing wrong.

  1. Poor grammar

Recruiters list this as one of the major buzz killers in CVs as it looks negligent on the candidate’s part. And, let’s face it, no employer wants to hire a negligent employee. Always proofread your CV for spelling and grammatical mistakes a couple of times and have a third party read it for you to get a fresh perspective before sending it off for job applications.

  1. Lengthy CVs

You might be tempted to include everything you’ve ever done in your CV to give yourself the best shot but this might doing more harm than good in the job search process. Recruiters are humans, not robots, and are likely to lose interest in your CV if they find it too long and are time constrained. Make sure your CV is not only compelling, but concise, including information that is relevant and important to your job position. Anything related, can be summarized to avoid drawing attention away from your great qualities and save on unnecessary space.

  1. Going Overboard

It might not seem it, but recruiters can spot falsified information in your CV, and if you’re trying too hard. While it is important to put your best foot forward, avoid overly complicated and flowery language that might make the recruiter fail to capture what you’re trying to convey. Remember to be as truthful, as possible.

  1. Format & Structure

While this may vary according to region or industry, it’s important that all your information is organized and presentable for the sake of recruiters. Have a third party look over it and ask them if they can draw they key points you’re trying to convey within a few seconds. You can also do some research on acceptable standards of CVs within your industry or have it professionally written if you’re not sure how to go about it.

In the end you want a CV that will be positively received by the recruiter, getting their attention and forming a good first impression, long enough to highlight your skills and experience and hopefully land you that dream interview.

 

Do you need further help in crafting your CV?

Email our recruitment specialists at info@r4kenya.com or call us on 0707421350

How To Speed Up Your Job Search

Is the job search process beginning to feel like a full time job in itself?

Searching for jobs is often hard work and a process where time means everything. With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, job seekers need to be even smarter to stay ahead of the competition and reduce the time spent unemployed.

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Here are a few tips to enhance the process.

  1. Be prepared

Often job seekers come across various opportunities but because of lack of preparation and being caught unawares, often miss out. Always have a CV and cover letter ready that can act as your template to guide you when applying for jobs. You’re much likely to save on time this way which could mean the difference between success and failure.

  1. Technology

Are you leveraging technology fully in your job search process?

Hundreds of jobs are being posted online daily and in today’s world, jobs can now come to you. Job sites are now offering the option of signing up for job alerts tailored to your profession and experience, a feature that could go a long way in your job search. Pick a couple of reputable job sites to stay up to speed on the latest job posts and accelerate your search.

  1. Networking

The truth is, not all jobs are advertised which is where networking can be a great advantage. Make sure that all the contacts in your professional network are aware that you are searching for job and ask for valuable job information. Networking events are a great place to start on expanding your network.

  1. Presentation skills

Having a good CV is great but presentation skills are what finally get you through the door during the interview stage. Polish up your presentation skills and make sure you can explain every part of your CV. Also, familiarize yourself with common interview questions and do research on companies before a job interview to refine your pitch and tailor your presentation for the job.

  1. Recruitment firms

Consider seeking expert help from recruitment firms as they usually have a wide pool of vacancies that they’re looking to fill. Where applicable, they can help you polish your CV and prepare for any upcoming interview.

 

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How To Know If A Job Is Right For You

Have you ever seen a job post and known, right down to your very bones,that it was made for you? Or maybe, dismissed a job at first glance, simply because it wasn’t ‘you’?

How could you tell?

If you saw the perfect job, would you know it?

According to Margaret, our Head of Recruitment, applying for the right jobs is not only critical to the success of your job search, but ensures that you thrive in the workplace once you secure your dream job. “In fact, it makes the job search process much more efficient and makes interviews less nerve wrecking than they usually are.” she says.

At Recours Four Kenya, we’re determined not only to help candidates find jobs by linking them with our clients, but ensuring the jobs are the right fit for them.

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Here are few indicators we look out for:

  1. Skill set

Meeting the minimum criteria for the job you’re applying for ensures that your CV gets past the first stage and warrants a second glance. While it’s good to take a few risks once in a while, give yourself the best shot by applying for jobs that require your particular skills.

 

  1. Motivation

Ask yourself this, if you didn’t need to be paid and could still meet your needs, would you still do the job or would you leave it all together? Outline your key motivations and check them against the job details to determine if they are aligned.

Even though motivation cannot compare to skills, it plays an important role in your work productivity and innovation, so don’t completely write it off.

 

  1. Working  style

Just like there are different personalities, everyone has a different working style. Some people prefer routine while others are excited by new challenges and prefer project based work. Others like working alone, even though their colleagues prefer to work in groups. Most jobs usually require a variety of working styles. Aligning potential jobs with your working style, ensures you can perform the job both effectively and with ease.

 

So the next time you’re not sure whether to apply for a job or not, evaluate yourself based on these factors and increase your chances of job success.

 

Got any inquires?

 

Email us at info@r4kenya.com or talk to us today at 0707 321450

 

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Top 5 Interview Tips That Lead To Job Offers

These interview tips will help even the most inexperienced interviewees to shine.

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Often we meet candidates who attend client interviews at our offices but they lack certain things that would otherwise help them excel and acquire the job of their dreams. Our Talent Acquisition team from Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited give their best tips on how to ace an interview:

  1. Tell Your Story

This is the only opportunity that you will get to sell yourself. Potential employers need to be inspired by your accomplishments. At point of introduction speak about your strengths, previous accomplishments and connect them to the current role that you are interviewing for.

  1. Market Yourself

A company needs to believe that they’re hiring the right person, so be sure to give them a good reason why you are the person for the job, and let them know what value you would bring to the company. Always remember that the interview is to know whether you would fit into their company, give them sufficient reasons to believe that you are perfect for the opportunity.

  1. Smile

A smile can be a powerful tool at a first meeting. Even if you feel nervous, make sure you smile because it will make you come across as friendly and relaxed.

  1. Ask Questions at the end of the interview.

Never say you have nothing to ask at the interview. It makes you seem disinterested so always have a few questions to ask your interviewer planned in advance, ask questions related to the company, its expansion plans, training opportunities, working hours and anything else related to the position. It is also important to remember that you need to ask about when to expect to hear from them after the interview.

  1. End positively. 

When the interview is approaching an end try to conclude on a positive note. This could be as simple as saying something like, “I look forward to hearing from you.” Be sure to shake hands in a professional manner and politely let yourself out of the room wishing the panel a wonderful day and remember to thank them for the opportunity.

In case you are having trouble drafting an CV and cover letter to boost your prospects at an interview, give us a call on: 0707321450 or email us at: info@r4kenya.com

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