Table of Contents
2.0 Employability skills.
2.1 Definition of employability skills.
2.2 Employability skills that employers look for.
3.0 Job offered by Tesco.
3.1 Job description.
3.2 Skills that Tesco is looking for in this job.
4.0 Employability skills that I have to get this job.
4.2 How I have achieved the employability skills.
5.0 Employability skills that I need for future employment
Appendix: Management Job Vacancy at Tesco.
Employers look for different employability skills when they recruit people for any position. Therefore, every individual employee must have several employability skills to get a position in the desired workplace. This paper, first, defines the term “Employability Skills” and identifies the skills that employers want when they recruit people. Then, this paper describes a management job offered by Tesco, and the skills that Tesco is looking for in this vacancy. Next, the report analyses the relevant employability skills I have along with my education and qualification. Finally, this paper discusses the employability skills that I need to develop in the future for better employment.
2.0 Employability skills
2.1 Definition of employability skills
The term “Employability Skills” is defined by experts in several ways. Experts at the University of Kent said employability refers to the capability of finding out and keeping satisfactory work. Peter Knight and Mantz Yorke in the website of the University of Kent said employability skills refer to a set of personal attributes and characteristics, understanding, and achievements of an individual that help to get desire employment and to be successful in the workplace (University of Kent, 2017). Employability skills are the knowledge, experiences skills and attribute that the labor market looks for from individual candidate to contribute in the success of employees, employers, and the wider economy. The employment skills are also called transferable skills, personal skills, or career management skills (Youth Central, 2017).
2.2 Employability skills that the employers look for
According to the University of Kent (2017), employers look for different skills from graduate candidates that differ on career areas. The common employability skills that look for employers are leadership skills, problem-solving skills, team working skills, communication skills, imitative, and enthusiasm. However, many employability skills overlap with one another. For example, leadership covers a number of other skills including verbal communication, making decisions, planning and organizing, co-operating with others. Then, for instance, verbal communication includes several communications such as written communication, making presentations, face-to-face communication, and talking over the phone. Therefore, for improving one skill an individual needs to improve other skills. South Central (2017) identified eight skills that employers expect from individual applicants. These eight skills are technical skills, learning skills, self-management skills, planning and organization skills, initiative and enterprising skills, problem-solving skills, team working skills, and communication skills. Morrow and County (2017) defined ten employability skills that employers generally want from their candidates.
These are strong work values, academic competencies in math and reading, learning skills, technology (computer and technical literacy) skills, interpersonal skills, personal management skills, problem-solving and analytical skills, teamwork, and communication skills. Pedr (2016) said employers want interpersonal skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, presentation skills, leadership skills, numeracy skills, and digital skills. Microsoft, BBC, Target Jobs, Prospects conduct a survey on skills required by graduates discloses that employers look for verbal communication skills, teamwork skills, commercial awareness, analyzing and investigating self-motivation/initiative, drive, written communication, planning and organizing, flexibility, time management skills. The study shows 62% of employers look for leadership skills, 62% of employers want management skills, 53% of employers look for interpersonal skills, 45% of employers want innovation and creativity skills, 43% of organizations look for resilience, 40% of recruiters look for technical and specialist skills, 40% of employers look for IT skills, 32% of recruiters want sales/marketing skills, and 24% of employers want client management skills (University of Kent, 2017).
3.0 Job offered by Tesco
3.1 Job description
Tesco, the biggest retailer in the UK, is advertising a job for the position of Shift Leader on a permanent contract. This is a part-time job with a competitive salary for the location of Stotfold Bedfordshire, SG 5 4FD, UK. The shift pattern is Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday from 14:00 to 22:00. However, it may vary from day to day but is planned in advance. The main responsibilities of this job are working in a fast-paced retail environment, taking ownership of store activities and co-coordinating a team, improving services, and keeping the store a safe place to work and shop (Tesco Career, 2017). Details of this job are outlined in Appendix.
3.2 Skills that Tesco is looking for this job
Tesco is looking for several skills for this job. First, it is looking for great customer service skills. Second, it is looking for excellent communication skills so that the candidate can build stronger relationships with colleagues and increase staff motivation. In addition, Tesco is looking for leadership skills, flexibility skills, decision-making skills, and change management skills (Tesco Career, 2017). The details of skills (that Tesco is looking for) are included in Appendix……………………..