Employability refers to the ability of an asset to find and keep a job, whether the job retains its current form or evolves. A person is said to be employable if he or she can continue to make a place for himself or herself in the labor market.

Employability, What Is It For?

For Employees:

 It is above all a way for them to anticipate possible changes by concretely developing their skills throughout their career.

This involves anticipating possible contractual breaks requiring a valuation of their individual skills. In this way, in times of transition or unemployment, the duration of unemployment is generally significantly reduced.

It is also a good way to develop their skills towards access to talent and full professional fulfillment.

For Companies:

Through the development of employability, it is a question of adapting the skills of employees to the evolution of the company's strategy.

It is also a way to significantly and sustainably increase the productivity of employees in the service of the overall performance of the company.

The increase in skills promoted by the employability approach is also powerful support for talent retention.

The levers of action of employability must finally be at the service of the involvement and motivation of employees insofar as they all involve a form of recognition.

Employability And Professional Development

This is the end of "lifetime careers" in one and the same company. Assets are increasingly mobile.

This is why employability must be one of the priorities of HR and employees. But what should we bet on to prepare for future changes in the world of work? There are two axes to develop:

Digital skills: understanding digital transformation and new challenges around data, AI, connected objects. It is necessary to develop a digital culture within its teams, but also to facilitate access to digital for people at the bottom of the ladder.

Bet on soft skills: enrich hard skills with behavioral skills and everything that machines can't do. These soft-being know-how will be increasingly valued as artificial intelligence is able to provide know-how.

Employability objectives

For employees: stay in employment and follow the evolution of the job market, be in line with the new skills in demand.

For companies: remain competitive, sustain their business and develop performance. It's also about having the right people, in the right place and at the right time.

What are the Employability skills?

Well, there will always be job-specific skills that an employer is looking for, most employers will also want you to have some general skills, these general job skills are called employability skills; having employability skills can help you get employment.

Generally speaking, there are eight skills that employers want you to have no matter what industry you're working in;

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organizing
  • Self-management
  • Learning
  • Technology

1. Communication

Depending on the job, communication is about being a good talker and a good listener and using communication devices. It involves being confident when speaking to people face-to-face, some of the key elements of good communication skills are:

  • Listening and understanding what is being said to you
  • Speaking clearly and directly
  • Or using your device to communicate
  • Reading independently
  • Using numbers
  • Sharing information

2. Teamwork

Teamwork means being good at working with people, both the people you work with and other people that you come into contact with, like customers and delivering people, etc, some of the key elements of good teamwork skills are:

  • Working with people over all ages
  • Being able to listen closely and speak clearly
  • Knowing what your role is in the team

3. Problem-solving

Critical thinking and problem solving require addressing complex issues and problems by acquiring, processing, analyzing, and interpreting information to make judgments, make decisions, and take action in an informed manner. The ability to participate in cognitive processes to understand and solve problems engages a person's ability to reach their full potential as a constructive and thoughtful citizen. Learning is deepened when placed in the context of relevant and authentic real-world experience. some of the key elements of good problem-solving skills are:

  • If there is a problem think hard on how to solve it or ask for help
  • Think about how you've solved a problem in the past

4. Initiative and enterprise

Showing initiative can be seeing a problem or something that needs to be done, and just getting in and doing it without being asked, it can be not waiting to be told what to do next but asking what can I do next, some of the key elements of good initiative and enterprise skills are:

  • Ask what you can do, not waiting to be told what to do
  • Being able to stop doing one task, to do something that is urgent then go back to the other task

5. Planning and organizing

Planning and organizing are working out what is required to get a job done, and then working out when and how you'll do it, they're also about things like developing project timelines and meeting deadlines, some of the key elements of good planning and organizing skills are:

  • Coordinating tasks to be done
  • Making lists
  • Having the right tools ready for the job at hand

6. Self-management

Self-management is about getting on with your work without someone having to check up on you every five minutes, you should also be able to stay on top of your own tasks, and make sure they are done on time, some of the key elements of good self-management skills are:

Being at work on time

  • Wearing the correct clothing
  • Asking to go to lunch
  • Writing to-do lists

7. Learning

Learning is about wanting to understand new things, and being able to pick them up quickly, it's also about being able to take on new tasks, and adapt when the way things are done in the workplace change, some of the key elements of good learning skills are:

  • Being enthusiastic about learning new skills
  • Being willing to learn on and off the job
  • Being prepared to invest your time in learning new skills

8. Technology

General technology skills that employers want include things like being able to use a computer, how to use f pass, a cash register, a photocopier or scanner a camera or a phone, some of the key elements of good technical skills are:

  • Have a basic range of technology skills
  • Being willing to learn new technology skills
  • Be willing to practice using technology