About edusharp.com

“A young person’s transition into the ‘world of work ’ marks one of the most important milestones in his life.” edusharp was incorporated with a strong focus on skill development and aiming to enhance employability skills amongst freshers by imparting workplace skills and other critical domain related skills not only to get employment but to also succeed in their jobs. One of the gaps identified is solely due to the mismatch between the knowledge imparted and employable competencies needed at the workplace, which is experienced personally by the core team members at edusharp and the same has been implemented while designing the curricula for workplace skills and the domain knowledge. While our country has a huge problem of unemployment, India Inc. today is faced with a shortage of talent with the required workplace skills. edusharp certified program empowers fresh talent with the right skills and helps them find a job that will give them an ideal opportunity to explore their fullest potential in addition to accelerated career growth. edusharp aims at making these candidates, to be the preferred resources with companies in turn creating “ready-to-employ” talent, thereby reducing attrition levels. Our training architecture and regular feedback from industry experts make sure that the fresh students makes a smooth transition to industry ready resources and contributes to “first day – first hour productivity”. The curricula has been designed to build the basic workplace skills required at the entry level for BFSI, Retail, Insurance and IT Sectors, and build on the same to provide industry specific job oriented skills . edusharp has an outstanding team of industry experts which brings together the best in class curriculum training and an application oriented skill development program. Our team has a complete understanding of industry skill set requirements. At edusharp we ensure that there is no dilution in execution delivery of our curriculum. To ensure that there is standardisation across all our business partnerships including franchisee relationships, the delivery of our training and the placements of the candidates is primarily the responsibility of edusharp team.

The Work-Life Balance Dilemma

The work-life balance has been at the forefront of many employers and employees alike for a good number of years as the scales have perceived to have been tilted too far in favour of the employer and business needs. It is also perceived that actually striking a proper balance from both perspectives cannot become a reality particularly easy without a change of mind-set from the business perspective. However, understanding the reasons behind the issues is quite simple to grasp.

Approximately 30 years ago, the working environment in developed countries such as the United states and United Kingdom saw quite a radical change in the lifestyles of individuals and business alike as entrepreneurialism was encouraged by the governments of the day, especially in the United Kingdom, where government activities such as utility services and rail networks also entered in to private ownership for the first time in many decades. It was a change that reduced government spending on wasted resources that saw enormous inefficiencies and placed the roles in to the hands of a new breed of entrepreneur.

What evolved from this change soon became the normal across the world, both the good aspects and the bad, the bad being the work-life balance seeing an equally radical in change. Businesses need to operate as efficiently as possible to compete and maximise profits, and this is the main driver behind the imbalanced that has been created. One of the reasons behind privatisation was to lower business costs, while increasing productivity and reducing the cost to consumers. The average business model, regardless of its location in the world, now operates to a very similar level, which places pressures on the business from top to bottom, throughout the organisation. Directors, Chief Executives and senior management are responsible for ensuring maximum productivity and profits, while the workforce and junior management are responsible for production as close to 100% as possible, in many cases with the possibility of redundancy or employment termination if performance criteria is not realised.

What also evolved was the increase in living standards, and as wages increased, so did the cost of living, including housing, both private ownership and rented accommodation. In turn, the previous family structure of the man going to work while the woman raised the children at home became consigned to history. Job creation opened opportunities for women in the workplace and many homes now have two full-time working adults making the contribution to the household, pushing living standards even higher, to the point where losing one of the incomes could spell disaster for the household. I am not suggesting that employers have exploited this situation but some businesses could be accused of exactly that, as they heap pressure on their employees to produce more, even if this means working longer hours for no additional income. It is not just the lowly employees that experience this action though. Middle and junior management are all under similar pressures to deliver, as per the wish of company shareholders.

The word that is often used to describe such business models is Capitalism, a system where the rich get richer and the poorer (normally employees) either get poorer or never really see any significant change to their life in terms of financial reward. This has brought about a number of scenarios in the workplace.

• Employees that have become willing to work long hours to earn additional income to either support the family or have funds for a holiday or special occasion.
• Two parent families working, but not always working the same hours. It is quite common for one parent to be working during the day while the other in the evening or through the night – just to pay the household bills.
• Employees that are willing to travel away from their town of city to find employment that meets the financial rewards they seek. However, this often entails staying away from the family home during the week or long commuting from the work place to home, consuming many hours every week and further tipping the work-life scales.
• Employees that feel obliged, or under pressure to work away on behalf of a business.

The knock on effect from each of these scenarios is that employees face spending more time with work related issues than they do with individual activities, hobbies or family life. In the cases of family life, there is little doubt that this work/life imbalance has contributed to a steep rise in divorce rates across the world, and for want of a better term, this imbalance is becoming somewhat of a disease in society. Another effect that is largely brought on by family pressures and/or marital breakdowns is in an individual’s health. Sustained levels of stress are not conducive to optimal performance in the workplace and the worst scenario is dealing with employees that are clinically depressed due to the high stress levels.

So far, much of what has been covered has been related to Europe but be aware that the same work/life imbalance also exists in India, and as the country pushes forward in to the global marketplace, the current trend of working hours dominating many lifestyles, is in all likelihood going to continue and probably gather pace until the same “disease” grips the country, unless India businesses and business leaders learn from the mistakes made in the west.

What is the solution to the work/life balance issue?
In the west, it would appear that the issue is not likely to fade away very quickly as most business models have little tolerance to steer in another direction. However, young Indians, looking to undertake management roles need to be aware of the effects of a work/life balance if the scales are tipped too far in either direction. Not only do they need to be aware, they will need to address the issue in their own working environment, to create an acceptable balance for all concerned.

The balance between the professional workplace and a content employee in a stable home environment cannot be stressed too highly, the balance is critical to maximise performance levels throughout an organisation, which in turn will reap the long term benefits.

The Triad of Knowledge, Skills & Attitude for achieving Success

A successful business, irrespective of the section in which it operates, and its incorporated structure is highly dependent on three key elements within each and every employee, namely knowledge, skills and attitude, to achieve a desirable level of short, medium and long term success. The relationship between these three elements, or rather personal qualities in an individual, is fundamental for career advancement and organisation leaders to develop a strong work ethic and sound business. We are going to take a look at each of these three elements individually to identify the attributes that form part of the triad of knowledge, skills and attitude for achieving Success.

Knowledge
The years of learning at school, college and university provide the foundation for a life in the working environment with a focus of teaching quite basic problem solving and communication skills, however these skills are do not typically run in parallel with modern business requirements, but then that is not the function of the national curriculum, the learning years provide the building blocks for individuals to follow up in their personal career development. The key difference in learning skills solely through information is it essentially based on a “perfect world” but business does not operate in the same parameters, there are many variants that make this impossible. It is of course common knowledge that employers prefer to offer opportunities to individuals that are more prepared and equipped to fulfil a specify role and potential career advancement. A business or organisation makes quite a significant investment in career development so in the recruiting process, a candidate with greater knowledge and practical skills will probably signify less investment and a “win-win” situation for the business.

To acquire the appropriate knowledge prior to work placement can only be gained through certification courses that specialise in providing suitable experience based knowledge. Skills that are attractive to employees, where an individual can undertake a working role from the minute they walk through the door, without any initial basic formal training.

Skills
With the exception of the aforementioned basic problem solving and communication skills, the formal, national education system does not really prepare an individual for the workplace other than at a fairly basic level, and although this is the typical starting point for most new employees there is a significant drawback. On entering the working environment without previous knowledge and certain skills, career development and career advancement can still be achieved but normally at a much slower pace. This creates a problem for both businesses in the current climate and employees. As India pushes further in to the world’s service industry marketplace, it has become evident that a severe shortage of suitable management skills that impacts the present and long term future of Indian based business in a global market. As with knowledge, it is a distinct advantage to present the essential or desired skills to an employer during the interview selection process but without previous work experience this is obviously not so easily achieved, though not impossible either.

If you have the time to undertake a certification program that will provide the opportunity to learn the required practical skills in addition to the theory, then this is time well invested as again you will become a more viable candidate for selection. This “hands on” form of education is invaluable to both the individual and employer, and the benefits for both parties are quite obvious with time and investment saved on the employer’s part, as the individual is already at a level whereby they can serve a useful function without any immediate training.

Attitude
The attitude of an individual is arguably the most important aspect of the triad of knowledge, skills and attitude for achieving success, for without the right mental approach and attitude the skills and knowledge aspects that have been acquired are diminished and devalued. Irrespective of the organisation, employers want their staff and team members to have and display a positive attitude in the day to day functioning of the business, anything else is considered to be detrimental to the business as a negative attitude can potentially spread among the peer group.

Attitude in the workplace typically comes from either self-motivation or the motivational skills from the organisations management team. The managers will typically be well motivated, had they not been sufficiently motivated they would not have made any progress in their career development or career advancement. So in order for a new employee to make any progress in their career development or career advancement, then obviously the right motivation has to exist, and that only comes about from adopting or having the right attitude instilled.

The major difference with the attitude aspect of the triad is that it cannot be taught. An individual can be encouraged, motivated or guided in to adopting a positive state of mind but it is very much down to the individual to self-motivate toward adopting a positive outlook and attitude. One of the elements in good certification courses or certification program is the right motivation skills to develop an individual’s attitude toward the course with a carefully structured format, one that provides interest in addition to information. The program is designed so that an individual can complete the course with the correct knowledge, skills and attitude for achieving success in the workplace, further enhanced by obtaining suitable placements on completion.

In conclusion
The relationship between knowledge, skills and attitude for achieving success is quite obvious and to omit any one of these three key elements will ensure a reduced capacity for career development or career advancement. To get ahead in the initial period of employment, undertaking certification programs or certification courses will enhance your opportunities while providing you with the three key elements to succeed in your future career. You will learn the skills that employers want, obtain the knowledge you will need to develop your skills and develop a “can do” outlook toward the role you are performing and maintaining a professional attitude.

Positive attitude, the secret of a smart career start!

Embarking on a career and seeking the right career opportunity is not always a simple task but there are steps you can take to enhance your chances of getting the position you want. One of the most important factors is the ability to project a positive attitude toward work and life in general. The term “a positive attitude, the secret of a smart career start” really does ring true as such an attitude helps to project confidence other attributes such as, effective business communication skills, good communication skills, leadership skills that form the basis of corporate leaders.

On having an application for an interview accepted, it is time to focus your attention to the day of the interview itself and prepare yourself what could be for the most important 30 minutes or so of your life to date. This will be your one chance to make a favourable impression to an interviewer or interviewing panel and you want to grab this career opportunity with both hands. To give you the best opportunity of making the right impression you need to enter the interview room with a positive attitude, however it can be easy to fall in to the trap of becoming too positive and consequently appear over confident, and a trait that will be identified in an interview and will work against you. There is a balance that needs to identified to project the right attitude and confidence; get this right and any good communication skills or effective business communication skills you have, will expose themselves as a matter of course during the interview and on reflection it will have been almost effortless.

Why is a positive attitude so important to a business?

It is not difficult to understand why a positive attitude can present the career opportunity you want and the answer to this question is quite straight-forward and logical from a business perspective. When interviewing for a management position, the interviewer(s) will be looking for potential corporate leaders, people with an energetic and positive outlook in every situation, a person who can see potential solutions from seemingly impossible or very difficult situations, in effect leadership skills. Additionally, to possess a positive attitude is an indication of confidence, and confidence breeds confidence throughout a business. It is also a first rate inspirational and motivational tool for team members and other staff members. If you observe corporate leaders you will see and hear the positive tone and demeanour when they discuss any topic that is either business or social related.

What are Leadership skills?

Leadership skills will set you apart from other candidates and will open the door for your chosen career opportunity. A leader looks at challenges in a different and positive way and is capable of utilising appropriate resources at their disposal to overcome a challenge or at least minimise the risk associated by such a challenge. If you get the opportunity to expose your leadership skills during an interview, make the most of it but remember to display your skills without being over confident. An important aspect of leadership skills is the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in the written form. Good communication skills are essential for any leader to be able to deliver instructions, negotiate and effectively manage any given situation.

How can good communication skills be developed?

In the corporate world, communication is radically different from what you learn during your normal education years with a more academic use of words and terminology. This typically means that good communication skills suitable for management in a business are not natural to most people but this need to be an issue as courses are available to enhance your communication skills to a level that is acceptable for an entry level career opportunity. An employer will make further investment to develop such skills with a view of creating the next generation of corporate leaders.

What are effective business communication skills?

Effective business communication skills are the next level up from learning basic good communication skills and are very reliant on the attitude of the individual that is communicating and we are back to the positive attitude aspect in the delivery. Corporate leaders are focused on delivering a positive “spin” at every opportunity about any aspect of their business, creating a feeling of confidence in shareholders, trading partners and employees. This could almost be considered an art form and it certainly is a skill that takes considerable development but you can learn the basics of projecting a positive image.

How do I remain positive?

Being consistently positive does come naturally to some people, those that are self motivated or motivated by what is happening around them but for many keeping a positive outlook is not always so easy when other factors in their life are working against them. The key is in your attitude and how you can manipulate your frame of mind and control any negative emotions, just like preparing yourself for the successful interview that landed you your current career opportunity. There are several methods you can learn and business that prepares graduates for the work place is an ideal place to start.

Conclusion:

With positive attitude there is a direct correlation with other highly desirable skills that employers are looking for, confidence, the ability to present good communication skills, demonstrate effective business communication skills and the potential to become one of the future corporate leaders. Taking that career opportunity you have set as your goal is made far easier if you can adopt a positive bearing and outlook. Employers and fellow employees will look at you and your performance in a favorable way if you can inspire and generate confidence with a positive, “can do” attitude and deliver good communication skills and demonstrate leadership skills or potential leadership skills. Once a career opportunity has been offered, remember what you have learned to date about projecting and adopting a positive outlook and develop it further to build a successful long term career.

Identify the right career opportunity after graduation!

Identifying the right career opportunity after graduation needs some careful consideration and many individuals typically find themselves seeking further career guidance. With no work experience or work place skills, even once a career path has been decided, finding the right job opportunity can remain a daunting task. While qualifications are good they really are only an indication that an individual is capable of absorbing and learning information to one degree or another. Although that may be considered as a desirable attribute it is not normally enough for an employer to offer a position in their business as they are likely to be looking for additional qualities and skill sets that they can utilise.

Many employers will prefer experience when recruiting however even with no work experience, if an applicant has certain essential skills, they may be able to convince and employer that a particular job opportunity is the right one for them. So the question is how do you get these essential skills to pave the way for your chosen career path? This article will cover the key aspects of starting out to find the right career path and what essential skills you can obtain before approaching an employer for an interview to give you an advantage over other candidates.

• Career Path: Qualifications gained through school and university may determine the career path for many individuals but is it always the right career path? In some cases it is, in others in is not and at a young age this is not an easy decision to make. For example you may have obtained great marks in mathematics, what options are open to you? Banking and accountancy are two of the more obvious careers but there are many more options that you may not have thought of that could be a better proposition. If there is a company that can help to match your current skills and qualifications with appropriate work placements, work placements that you may not be aware of, and help you to carve out a more suitable career path, would you be interested in learning more?

• Career Guidance: Career guidance should not be looked upon as something that is for people who are not certain of which career path to follow. Individuals can also benefit from career guidance with a company that are likely to be aware of a job opportunity that cannot be found through the normal channels. Some career guidance businesses go a little further and offer courses so that people with no work experience still have an opportunity to obtain some essential skills that are desirable to employers. Without this career guidance you may miss out on some opportunities so it really is a path that ought to be explored in the early stages following completion of your formal education.

• Essential Skills: If you can offer one or more essential skills to an employer, even with no work experience, you will have something of interest to them; a foundation that can be built on, and that is a valuable asset when it comes applying for a job. What is meant by essential skills? In simple terms they are skills that employers are looking for when selecting and interviewing candidates to occupy a job opportunity; skills such as leadership, IT and computer programming knowledge, banking, retail management and basic work place skills. If you can obtain just one of these types of skills you will obtain an advantage compared to “freshers” that have not undertaken any further development of their skills.

• Work Place Skills: It stands to reason that an employer is likely to select a candidate that has some existing work place skills to offer their business, even at a basic level. Work place skills however are not limited to physical skills; employers require evidence of personal attributes that are considered desirable work place skills; such as leadership, positive attitude, problem solving and lateral thinking. Obtaining certification in basic work place skills is the first positive step toward finding a job opportunity that may be suitable and will open the door for at least an interview even with no work experience.

• How to find the right job opportunity: Finding the right job opportunity is perhaps the hardest task that faces a graduate that is fresh out of the education system. Armed with no with no work experience and very few essential skills (if any), the prospects do not look particularly good when other candidates have at least one of these to offer a potential employer. The first step to finding the right job opportunity is to manoeuvre in to an advantageous position by obtaining the skill sets required for a specific career or specific employer.

The process to identify the right career opportunity after graduation is not as clear-cut as it first appears and although it may be possible to embark on a long and successful career with no work experience, work place skills or essential skills to begin with. However if you are looking to “fast-track” your career with an entry level management role you need to be in a position to be able to demonstrate your abilities and value to a potential employer and this can only be achieved by obtaining skills that employers are looking for today. By enrolling with a business that will help and offer career guidance you will be taking the first step towards to achieving your long term ambitions. Your career path will be realised much faster if you can offer what employers want and what they want is not obtained in the education system. To become a viable candidate for any job opportunity, obtain the skills and knowledge that will give you an advantage over the competition. Once you are offered a job you can then look to build on what you have learned and develop your career to release your full potential.

WHAT EMPLOYERS VALUE

Job hunting for fresh graduates can be a challenging, often overwhelming, task.  Many freshers seeking their first jobs are often completely unprepared and have no idea of where to start in the process. They have no idea of how to create an effective resume or fill out a job application, how to act or what to say in a job interview, or even how to dress for success. Often this causes them to fail before they even have a chance to get their foot in the door.

Employers who hire fresh graduates recognize that they lack the experience and skills of more mature applicants. They, therefore, tend to focus on certain qualities or attributes that they feel will make a good employee while interviewing fresh graduates.

Before looking for that firstjob, it would be wise to know what those qualities are.In our last article, we had covered the keysoft skills an employer looks for. In this article, we willlook at the top personal attributes that employers are looking for in a prospective candidate:

  • Well groomed:Employers want to hire those who are presentable and dress appropriately. It is true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. An employer typically starts forming an opinion on you from the moment you meet, based on what they see. They want to see how you will present yourself to clients or customers.  A poor first impression is irreversible! So make sure you project the right impression.
  • Self – Confidence: Self-confidence has been recognized as the key ingredient between someone who is successful and someone who is not. A self – confident person is someone who inspires others. A self-confident person is not afraid to ask questions on topics where they feel they need more knowledge. The self-confident person does what he/she feels is right and is willing to take risks. Self- confident people can also admit their mistakes. They recognize their strengths as well as their weaknesses and are willing to work on the latter. Self-confident people have faith in themselves and their abilities which is manifested in their positive attitude and outlook on life.
  • Integrity:  Employers probably respect personal integrity more than any other value.  It’s probably the most important single quality for long-term success in life and at work. Integrity begins by being true to yourself. This means that you are honest with yourself and in your relationships with others. You are willing to admit your strengths and weaknesses. You are willing to admit where you have made mistakes in the past. In today’s world where there is more empowerment of people there is also the need to have trustworthy employees so that the documents, processes or even cash that the employee has access too is not misused or stolen.  Knowing that you can be trusted in any situation is a very attractive quality in a first time employee.
  • Reliability: Reliability in applicants is important to employers. Employers are paying you to do a specific job and need to know they can count on you to do that job to the best of your ability. You are either an asset or a liability to an employer. Being a dependable employee makes you an asset, being undependable makes you a liability. Employers are not looking for a liability.
  • Positiveattitude: Applicants with a positive, “can-do” attitude are the ones employers see as the biggest asset. While you may not have experience or skills your attitude can make all the difference in how you do your job. Employers are happy to train those who are eager to learn and ready to take on any task with a cheerful spirit.
  • Courteous and well mannered: This one is just good common sense. You are representing the employer’s business so naturally your manners will be important. If you are working with the customers, you will most likely be the first person a customer has contact with. How you behave towards them will be the impression they take away about the business. Being courteous and well-mannered is also important when dealing with co-workers and makes for a more professional work environment.
  • Leadership: No employer wants an employee who has to constantly be told what to do and when to do it! When I speak of Leadership here, it is more about the intrinsic quality rather than a role.  Leadership is the willingness and the desire to accept responsibility for results. It’s the ability to take charge, to volunteer for assignments, and to accept accountability for achieving the required results of those assignments.  The mark of the leader is that he or she does not make excuses. You demonstrate your willingness to be a leader in the organization by offering to take charge of achieving company goals and then committing yourself to performing at high levels.
  • 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. Employers are impressed with those who are willing and eager to learn. Those who have an open mind and do not think they know it all are often the ones who get ahead.
  • Strong Work Ethic

Employers value employees who understand and possess a willingness to work hard. In addition to working hard it is also important to work smart. This means learning the most efficient way to complete tasks and finding ways to save time while completing daily assignments. Doing more than is expected on the job is a good way to show management that you utilize good time management skills and don’t waste valuable company time attending to personal issues not related to the job.

Employability skills and personal values are the critical tools and traits you need to succeed in theworkplace — and they are all elements that you can learn, cultivate, develop, and maintain over yourlifetime. Once you have identified the sought-after skills and values and assessed the degree to which you possess them; remember to inculcate them and market them (in your resume, cover letter, and interview answers) for job-search success.

WHAT EMPLOYERS WANT

When you begin your job search campaign as a fresh graduate, you will find that there are many candidates applying for a particular position. With no past experience, you only have your academic performance to show to the employers. But sometimes your batch-mates with much lesser scores might get a job before you. This means that apart from technical knowledge, employers use certain other parameters to judge freshers. It is these parameters or what we call as ‘work place skills’ that often set one candidate apart from the other.

I am sure you are fairly clear about what you are looking for when you apply for a job –a reputed organization; rewarding salary; great work environment; opportunities for growth and above all enjoy what you are doing.

However, have you stopped to think what the employer is looking for in you as an applicant – a potential employee? While one cannot deny the fact that a good educational background is the first criteria used to shortlist resumes; most companies today prefer candidates who have mastered some essential soft skills apart from bookish knowledge.

Understanding what employers truly want in advance of your interview, is extremely important as it can help you sell yourself as an asset to the organization. Without this understanding, you will not be able to convince your interviewer why you are the most suitable candidate for the position you have applied for.

Let us have a look at some of these critical employability skills that are universally sought after by employer.

  • Communication Skills:Undoubtedly, the most important of all skills is oral and written communicationskillsgiven the absolute criticality of successful communication to any business. If you browse through job applications on sites for job seekers, the single most repeated phrase in the qualification requirement is ‘Candidates with good/excellent communication skills’. If you do not know how to communicate with others, you will find it hard to get your message across. It would be hard to speak your mind or open up to someone about what you think and feel or even put your ideas on the table. Your ability to communicate well will be one of the most noticeable things about you during the application process.

To start with make sure your resume is well written and free of spelling and grammatical mistakes. During the interview, you should be confident, clear and concise. Do remember to smile and make eye contact. Shake hands and remember names. Remember that a lot of communication is non-verbal – this is one of the reasons why most application processes involve face-to-face interviews at some point or the other.

  • Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork:Teamwork is all about building positive working relationships that help everyone to achieve positive goals and business objectives. The ability to relate to your co-workers, inspire others to participate, and mitigate conflict with co-workers is essential given the amount of time spent at work each day and that most jobs today involve working in one or more work- groups / teams.

You’ll need to prove that you’re not only a team player but that you also have the ability to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility. When you’re explaining your teamwork skills on a job application form or at an interview, you will need to emphasise how your personal contribution allowed the team to reach its full potential. The best way to show off any skill is to explain how you used it to get results. However, with teamwork you will have to show how you achieved a group result.

  • Problem-Solving and Creativity: Problem solving is all about using logic, as well as imagination, to make sense of your situation and come up with an intelligent solution. Today, employers realize that with increasing competition and economy changes, the company’s strategies must constantly change. Employers are therefore looking for applicants who don’t have a set way of doing things but rather are able to ‘think out of the box’ and come up with innovative solutions to new and complex challenges faced by the organization.

Whether you are putting together an application or preparing for an interview, having examples of problem solving experience is a good idea. You will need to explain how you identified the problem, came up with a solution and implemented it. Quantifiable results are good, and obviously the more complex the situation, the more impressive a successful result is.

  • Planning and Organizing Skills:

This is about showing that you can prioritize as well as work efficiently and productively. Employers want people who are not only productive, but who can manage their time so well that they can get more done, and done well.

During your interview, it would be good if you can demonstrate to your interviewers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done, and how you go about meeting deadlinesby giving examples of when you have successfully planned and organised a project or an event.. Remember your answers should reflect that you have the ability to determine the important from the unimportant tasks; to prevent distractions and prevent from disrupting your work; and that you can efficiently meet deadlines without a problem.

  • Flexibility:Organizations function in a dynamic environment and hence recruiters want applicants to be able to demonstrate that they can adapt to changing circumstances and environments They want people with the personal confidence to respond positively to change and to new ways of working; people who are prepared to rise to the challenge of dealing with the unfamiliar and show they can cope with the new or unexpected.

It is not good enough to simply say “I can adapt to situations” or “I am flexible in the way I work.” You have to prove that you are flexible by giving appropriate examples. You can draw on situations like balancing your study commitments with part time work to help you demonstrate your adaptability.

  • Logical and Analytical skills:Recruiters want people who can see that there might be a better way of doing something; people who don’t panic or give up when things go wrong but who will seek a way around the problem.

This skill is often assessed by interviewers when they present with you with a hypothetical challenge or logical problem during the interview.There is usually no right or wrong answer to these questions: the interviewers are seeking to assess your logical thinking and common sense. You may need to ask further questions to clarify the situation and gather more information. You can expect your answers to be challenged. This doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the answer you have given – just that the interviewers are trying to find out how you have arrived at your solution to the problem. They may also be testing you out to see how you cope with pressure and how well you can argue a point.

Since our education system in India is structured largely around academic learning, it does not produce industry ready products, as a fresher you may need to take initiative and acquire these skills. Talk to seniors who are already on the job or use the internet to develop the relevant skills.

Better still, take up a course that can help to groom and prepare you for the corporate world. Whatever skills you mention as your strengths to impress your future employer, you should keep yourself ready with suitable examples in support of them.
Employment opportunities for freshersinIndia have increased in manifold over the last few years. The only way to have an edge over others in the job market is to assess yourself and hone your employabilityskills accordingly. Employers look for certain basic skills and if you can groom yourself to meet their expectations, you can secure your dream job in no time.