There are many technical personal skills that are required to progress in your career or even just to get your foot in the door when starting your career, but we thought it would be helpful to look at the 5 most important skills that most good employers look for and will help you progress in your career.
So here are our top 5 skills, do you possess these?
Knowing how to work and communicate with colleagues and key stakeholders is an art and one that is highly desirable for any employer, especially if the role is client facing. Communication is the foundation of any good team and business and an important skill for a leader, so being able to effectively deliver and share information and knowledge is a skill that will help any professional progress in their career.
Networking and building relationships
Being able to network and build relationships is hugely important for most jobs in the construction industry. Networking and building stronger internal and external relationships will only benefit you and your business and more importantly help bring in new business.
For some networking can seem daunting but if you break it down, all you’re doing is having a conversation. The only way to get better at it is by actually doing it. As soon as you have had some positive experiences when networking you will start to gain more confidence, which is half the battle. Remember, networking will help you build a profile in the industry and being known by others will also help you when job searching.
Critical thinking is essentially the ability to think clearly and rationally and understanding the logical connection between ideas. Some people consider critical thinkers as a negative, as they are always questioning ideas. In reality critical thinkers are people who can approach problems in a consistent and systematic way and this is hugely desirable for employers, especially for the more technical roles. This skill can be learnt, but it does rely on the person having sound knowledge of their industry.
Ability to learn
Being open to learning throughout your career is key to staying in tune and up to date with the industry and your profession. The construction industry is always advancing and changing, so if you’re not open to learning and changing then you run the risk of falling behind. Make sure you stay informed by signing up to websites and reading industry publications.
Being commercially aware
Being commercially aware is key for any professional at any level. Not knowing the cost and the impact on profit demonstrates a lack of understanding and recklessness and will only lead to issues when working on a construction project. The higher you progress in your career the more aware you will need to be, so start now and make it a strength.
So there it is, our top five key skills. If you feel you possess these then great, keep doing what you’re doing. If not then start practicing and perfecting them.
If you feel that you are in a business that isn’t allowing you to develop these skills then maybe it’s time to start looking at all of our great construction jobs available. Alternatively you can get in touch with us today and we will help you find the perfect job.
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