Recruiters hiring fresh graduates place immense importance on professional competencies along with technical knowledge and skills. The depth and breadth of your technical skills depend upon the core subjects you graduate with, and the amount of effort you’ve to put to apply the theoretical knowledge into practice. However, the professional competencies are generic and hold the key to get recognized by recruiters as those are a part of your personality. These competencies are acquired through your extracurricular and co-curricular activities, hobbies, and interests that you have. Professional competencies are usually earned and perfected over time by people to become demonstrated abilities when one can cite from experiences.
In today’s globally competitive world, graduates are expected to develop an understanding of what professional competencies mean and why they are critical to succeed at work. Once you start working, your employer will expect you to invest in improving your technical skills, professional competencies along with other functional, and domain skills with equal importance.
5 Competencies to impress recruiters
This is the topmost skill a fresher should demonstrate right after hitting the ground at work. Teamwork is the ability to understand the task or project’s big picture, what your role is, how everyone matters, and to bring the end result united. Teamwork builds positive relations within the team. Active participation in project work, volunteering, group discussions, events, and other group programs is how one builds it.
A critical skill which will show recruiter about your logical thinking, reasoning, analytical approach, and ability to understand requirements. During the interview you may be given a case study/scenario or asked to demonstrate – your approach and type of questions asked to understand the scenario well will also demonstrate these problem-solving skills. The recruiter is not looking for the right answers but evaluating the ability to think when a new task or ambiguity arises.
This critical skill will allow the flow of information in an effective way. One cannot stress enough about the art of communication. It encompasses a whole set of other elements like understanding your audience, packaging of information, delivering it with the right tone and pitch, knowing how much is necessary and what should be avoided. Customer service jobs are one of the best ways to hone these skills well. Another way is to create content on a topic or scenario, record while delivering, and continue to work on improvement areas. In a teamwork situation, communication will make or break successful deliverables.
This skill is also called structuring. Stepping stones to becoming effective project team members, leads, or managers. The organization teaches to plan your tasks and deliverables, set milestones, track progress, and communicate completion to stakeholders. An organized plan with execution is a demonstration of optimization and effective use of time generally referred to as “time management”.
During times of tight timelines or pressure from the clients or bosses, one needs to demonstrate calmness. Step back, get a good understanding of the situation, review and revise the plan, gather feedback and buy-in, and move forward. Constructive feedback given by a client or boss needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and focus on actionable items that will result in desired outcomes.
Continuous learning and a thirst to do more will take you far both professionally and personally.