Work Readiness 101
Developing soft skills relating to employability has become an essential part of maintaining a job. Job success is largely linked to possessing evolved soft skills, which is why focusing on developing technical expertise should not be your only objective. Important skills, such as adaptability, are often misjudged; employers are looking for people who are technically skilled and can navigate the daily inconveniences of a job with ease. Below, we’ve curated some of the most important tasks and qualities that prove your work readiness:
1. Obtain necessary personal documents
Before applying for a job, you should have gathered all of the necessary personal documents that your employer may ask for. Some of these include proof of education, job history, and picture identification. It is also essential that you remember to obtain your Social Security Number. If you are unsure about the contents of your criminal record, you should request a copy of it yourself before your employer obtains it. This will allow you to check that everything is accurate. If you notice that your criminal record is incorrect, contact a legal professional to get it fixed.
2. Complete the job application
Use various job search techniques, including networking and online advertisements. Some of the best websites to find job advertisements include LinkedIn, Indeed and ZipRecruiter; however, there are many ways to get creative in your job search. Depending on the industry you wish to break into, LinkedIn is one of the best tools to contact recruiters and hiring managers. Once you have isolated the jobs you would like to apply for, focus on building your resume and writing an impressive cover letter. Do your research about the company, open the paragraph in a memorable but professional way and make sure to convey how enthusiastic you are about the position.
3. Understand requirements and responsibilities of contracts
You should be reviewing with attention to detail all the employment contracts you’re given before accepting a job. Some jobs won’t require you to sign a contract, which comes with its pros and cons. An employment contract is a legal agreement that considers the professional relationship of a company and an employee. Having an arrangement in place allows both parties to understand the terms of employment. Such a contract will include your agreed salary, schedule, and duration of work. Occasionally, a legal contract will include a non-compete agreement.
4. Gain an understanding of employment laws
Many employers and employees aren’t aware of the various rules and regulations covered by employment law, which leads to confusion. There are many aspects covered by employment law which help employees take legal action if mistreated. Read some of the employment laws and regulation pertinent to your field and bring your concerns to the relevant parties. Understand your employer’s expectation in relation to employment laws.
5. Develop decision making skills
Recognizing problems and identifying solutions are essential soft skills you must bring into your workplace. One of the best ways to improve these skills is to identify and apply knowledge relevant to your field. Remember to keep being passionate about what you do in order to continue developing decision-making skills. Fixating on bettering your decision-making skills will make you an indispensable employee to your company.
6. Focus on your goals
Having specific goals and setting a timeline to reach those is a great way to continue feeling motivated. Consider goals in relation to risk, focusing on finding the best plan of action to achieve those. Depending on your career targets, you should be able to finalize some things that you deem essential to your professional well-being. Avoiding feeling stagnant in your workplace will instill a good work attitude that you will be able to hold on to for the rest of your professional career.
7. Take care of the equipment
If your work requires you to utilize equipment regularly, make sure to maintain it to avoid omissions. Making sure that equipment is kept up to standards will also reflect positively to your employers. It will show that you care about conducting your job correctly. Administering your job carefully will make you feel fulfilled and gratified. Additionally, ensuring that you are fully aware and capable of using the equipment safely, following the proper procedures, will help you steer clear of fatal mistakes.
8. Lead with respect
Displaying friendliness and politeness at all times is pivotal to your work readiness. You should be confident enough to present ideas and have respectful conversations within your work environment, eloquently communicating your thoughts and feelings. Respect those in authority, keeping all interactions professional. Understand the impact that your work has on others and remember to be considerate of other people’s time, feelings and desires.
9. Incorporate a positive work attitude
Projecting a positive self-image and allowing your values to shine through will help you grow a positive work attitude throughout the course of your current career. Focus on being sincere and adaptable, exhibiting self-control when responding to workplace requests. Completing tasks even when they’re unpleasant will show your employers just how disciplined you are.
10. Maintain your personal hygiene
Navigating busy workdays will lead you to neglect self-care. Maintaining your personal hygiene by wearing clean clothing and showering regularly will not only show your employer that you have self-respect and that you enjoy taking care of yourself, it will also help you keep some sense of control and routine in your life. This is especially important if your job hours are long, and the work is strenuous on your body. Take time to tend to your body through simple acts of self-love.