Employability is the value offered by an employee to employers. This is the collection of attributes that differentiates between individuals who are in high demand from employers and those who may have persistent problems in finding suitable work. The following are the basic elements of employability.
HealthThe health of an individual as it relates to their ability to direct energies towards work.
Communication SkillsCommunication skills including business communications such as marketing, sales and stakeholder management abilities.
Social SkillsSocial skills including building rapport, influencing and collaboration.
An ability to be productive with the technologies an employer is using.Fluid intelligence is the capacity to learn new things and respond to novel situations in a reasonable way.
AdaptabilityA willingness and ability to change. For example, an experienced employee who is able to quickly adapt to a new corporate culture.
ExperienceAn individual's experience in a profession or life in general. Individuals tend to make mistakes early in a career, learn from these mistakes and improve such that experienced individuals are often productive.
Formal EducationFormal education can provide a foundational knowledge that is not easily gained through self-study or experience. For example, a computer science program that teaches first principles of computing such as computational complexity that may not be obvious from working on code or scripts in a professional setting.
Tacit AbilitiesTalents that can't be easily acquired or taught. For example, an executive with a long history of making good decisions that produced superior return on invested capital.
Know HowPractical knowledge that can be applied to producing value. For example, a technician who knows how to fix an elevator.
Domain KnowledgeKnowledge of a subject, profession or industry. For example, a software developer who has broad knowledge of the investment banking industry.
DiligenceDiligence is the ability to apply your full concentration even if you aren't feeling motivated.
LeadershipLeadership is the ability to get people moving in the same direction.
Cultural CapitalCultural capital is the ability to influence in the context of a culture. For example, a boat salesperson who is fully immersed in sailing culture.
Social StatusAn individual's reputation and how they are perceived by others. For example, an individual who is perceived as fashionable and cool who easily gets job offers from fashion retailers.
Relational CapitalAn individual's professional network such as a salesperson who knows a large number of people in an industry.
Personal ResiliencePersonal resilience is the ability to endure stress without a loss of productivity. For example, a cabin attendant who remains professional and helpful in severe turbulence.
Self-DirectionSelf-direction is the ability to set goals, handle problems, make decisions and navigate uncertainty without direction from others.
MotivationIt isn't fun to hire and manage someone who wants to be somewhere else. As such, motivation for a role makes an employee more employable. For example, front desk staff at a hotel who truly enjoy their role and view it as important as opposed to viewing it as below their talents.
LikabilityIn many cases, employers will hire the candidate they find most likable.In some roles, employers value grit such as a willingness to challenge others and high tolerance for disagreement.
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