Secret, intangible skills ME employers are looking for
The good news is that most job seekers possess these skills to some extent, and the better news is that you can improve these skills through training.
As a relationship manager, I deal with employers hiring through Bayt.com on a daily basis, and through my experience with them, I’ve come to learn many things about what employers in the Middle East are really looking for. And the truth is, every employer looks for a certain set of skills in a job seeker.
The good news is that most job seekers possess these skills to some extent, and the better news is that you can improve these skills through training. But the best news is that, once you understand the skills employers look for, you will be able to successfully tailor your job search, and show employers how well-suited you are for a specific role.
Here are the top 10 most sought after skills by employers in the Middle East:
1. Communication skills: This is absolutely essential for employers. In fact, 62% of employers in the region say that good communication skills in Arabic and English is the most important skill they look for in an employee according to the Bayt.com Middle East Job Index Survey, July 2014. Good listening skills, the ability to voice your thoughts and opinions, and the ability to be an influential communicator are all important skills employers look for.
2. Analytical and research skills: The ability to analyze and critically think about any form of data and information is also essential. They are the foundations of good decision making.
3. Willingness to learn: Are you always up for learning new skills? Do you ask questions to your manager or coworkers when you don’t understand something? Do you research your industry and stay up-to-date with the latest trends? If not, then you must. The willingness to learn is a major trait that regional employers look for. Here are some tips to help you become a lifelong learner.
4. Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to manage multiple priorities: Are you good at multitasking? In today’s fast-paced corporate life, it’s essential to be flexible with an ever-changing environment. You need to adapt to the marketplace, and adjust whenever required.
5. Interpersonal skills: By this we mean, the ability to relate to your boss and coworkers. You will be spending a large amount of time working with them every day therefore, it is best to be positive and friendly with everyone. Here are tips to deal with difficult coworkers.
6. Leadership skills and a positive attitude: Leadership is not about directing others; it’s about empowering them. Having great leadership skills and an optimistic outlook on life will take you very far in your professional life.
7. Planning and organizing: You must be organized and meet your deadlines on time. Planning and organizing are two important facets for being effective, but also efficient. Here are five time management tips that will improve your productivity.
8. Multicultural awareness: With companies becoming more global by the minute, it’s very important to be aware of other cultures and ethnicities. Employers are looking for people who can identify with different cultures and nationalities, and be fair and equal with everyone.
9. Problem solving, creativity and reasoning: 78% of professionals agree that their organization encourages new ideas to be tried out according to the Bayt.com, ‘Innovation in the MENA‘, January 2013. Employers are always looking for people who can think outside the box.
10. Working well in a team: How good are you working with a team? It’s essential to be an active contributor in any team situation or project. How tactfully you handle your team mates, and what people skills you display are what employers value. Here are tips to succeed as a team player.
These are the skills employers are looking for.
By: Bayan Okdeh
This article originally appeared on bayt.com.
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