Most jobseekers wish they could unlock the secret formula to winning over employers. What, they wonder, is the magic mix of skills and values that make employers want to hire them on the spot? So, what are these critical employability skills that employers demand of jobseekers? And do you possess these sought-after skills?
Check out this list of the top values and skills employers seek and learn how to get and improve them via the au pair programme!
Adaptability_Deals with openness to new ideas and concepts, to working independently or as part of a team, and to carrying out multiple tasks or projects.
Problem-solving_Employers seek jobseekers who love what they do and will keep at it until they solve the problem and get the job done.
Dependability/Reliability/Responsibility_There’s no question that all employers desire employees who will arrive to work every day on time and ready to work, and who will take responsibility for their actions.
Loyalty_Employers want employees who will have a strong devotion to the company even at times when the company is not necessarily loyal to its employees.
Positive Attitude/Motivation/Energy/Passion_The jobseekers who get hired and the employees who get promoted are the ones with drive and passion and who demonstrate this enthusiasm through their words and actions.
Self-Confidence_Look at it this way: if you don’t believe in yourself, in your unique mix of skills, education, and abilities, why should a prospective employer? Be confident in yourself and what you can offer employers.
Self-Motivated/ability to work without wupervision_While teamwork is always mentioned as an important skill, so is the ability to work independently, with minimal supervision.
Willingness to learn_No matter what your age, no matter how much experience you have, you should always be willing to learn a new skill or technique. Jobs are constantly changing and evolving, and you must show an openness to grow and learn with that change.
Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness_There is possibly no bigger issue in the workplace than diversity, and jobseekers must demonstrate a sensitivity and awareness to other people and cultures.
Teamwork_Because so many jobs involve working in one or more work-groups, you must have the ability to work with others in a professional manner while attempting to achieve a common goal.
So, grab the opportunity to be an au pair and all the skills above
During the au pair programme you must be adaptable, since you will have a new family to live with in and also you will need your problem solving skill to deal with one or more children!
Dependability, reliability and responsibility areal still essential, while you are an au pair since you will be responsible for not just the whole household, and car but even more for your host children.
Good foreign language skills, intercultural competence and international experience look great on any CV! The benefit of having work experience in a foreign country is that it helps you stand out from the crowd, especially in an increasingly competitive market.