5 Skills Sets Job Seekers Should Possess

5 Skills Sets Job Seekers Should Possess

Jobs are created to solve a problem. I am quite sure you can count at least 5 different of jobs around you, even though not all of your option fits your kind of dream job.

Over the years, recruiters have found a way to leverage the skills set of a job applicant to fit into roles they don’t qualify for based on their academic qualification.

These days you can find Petroleum engineering graduate working as a marketer at an insurance company, the same way you will medical laboratory science graduate working as a broadcaster.

With Nigerian tertiary institutions estimated to produce at least 500,000 graduates every year. It is rather unfortunate that more than half of this number don’t get jobs 2-3years after completing the compulsory NYSC programme.

Employers now use the skills set of applicants in selecting the best fit candidate for a job. In this article, I will be sharing 5 important skills set a job seeker should have if you want to stand out amongst other job applicants.

These skills are catalysts, the secret is, employers don’t like it when they spend so much time teaching recruits things they ought to have known, that is why you will see recruiters seeking for applicants with 2-3years job experience.

If you possess these 5 essential skills, you will get to the top faster.

  1. Problem-solving 

Problem-solving is one of the reasons why you have job vacancies, so, if you cannot show how you can solve an organisations problem, you might not be considered for the job.

You should state this skill in your CV and be ready to proffer possible solutions to any problem raised by your recruiter.

At job interviews, human resource managers do ask a problem-solving question in other to evaluate a candidate’s ability to solve a problem.

An employer wants candidates who are creative and use reasoning and experience to identify and solve a problem effectively.

  1. Communication skills 

Job seekers should be able to listen, speak right and write properly. The ability to do these three effectively amounts to good communication skill.

Employers want people who can interpret what others are saying and express their thoughts clearly.

Job interviews are conducted to access a candidate’s ability to communicate; employers/recruiters want to be sure that you are what your CV says.

Nigeria is an Anglophone country, so if you are looking to get a corporate job you should be fluent in English.

The ability to effectively communicate can be easily tested at interviews, so put in some conscious effort to be better at it every day.


  1. Commercial awareness

If you don’t sell anything, you won’t earn anything – commercial awareness is one skill set that is lacking in most CVs, not necessarily because people can’t discover opportunities for their employers to grow, but because they feel it’s should be the responsibility of business development managers.

Employers like it when their recruits have basic knowledge of how a business or industry works and how to gain a competitive edge in its marketplace.

Many job seekers spend too much time reading about the history of a company they have applied to, without having good product/service knowledge, which is why they get destabilized when they are asked questions on how they can grow the company given that the company is already a leader in its industry.

  1. Interpersonal effectiveness

Recruiters like it when they get charmed by a candidate, they like it when an applicant can relate properly, this is because relationship matters in any line of work.

They Employers usually note whether an employee can relate to co-workers and build relationships with others in the organization. If you don’t have this skill listed please do, learn it if its ‘not in your nature to relate with people’

If you possess this skill you will need to prove that you are a team player but also can manage and delegate to duties to others. Good interpersonal skill in employee breeds positive working relationships that help everyone achieve their goals and business objectives.

  1. Computer Literacy

Information technology has evolved and businesses are looking to take advantage of software applications that can help their line of work.

Job seekers are expected to be proficient with basic computer skills, for some industry, proficiency with Microsoft word application is fine, while other specialised software applications are needed in others.

If you want to be unique, you can find commonly used software in your field of employment and learn it.


Some skills can be learnt. If you feel deficient in any of the skills mentioned you should invest some of your time and money, study online, buy related books and practice them always.

I hope this article has been helpful. I look forward to getting testimonies.




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