Employers now-a-days are not necessarily looking for lots of qualifications they are looking for candidates who are flexible and have a getting-it-done attitude.
As we talk with businesses the same attributes they are looking for in candidates keep cropping up, no matter what the industry.
* Attitude and Aptitude
* Motivation and Reliability
Diversity - Having a diverse team gives more skills and attributes. More and more businesses are allowing workplace flexibility so parents can work around children or other commitments. Being a parent gives a whole new set of skills in addition to ones learned in the workplace and should not be discounted. If this is you hold your head up high and recognize it. Having a diverse range of people with skills that are utilized gives more job satisfaction and employees are more likely to remain for longer. If you, as an employer, are developing a new process, customer offer or even app - ask the team for their input, they might have something you haven't thought about before and will feel valued.
Attitude and Aptitude - Having a great deal of aptitude and the ability to learn quickly and figure things out for yourself is a big plus for an employer. Businesses don't hire more staff than they need, as it isn't profitable so there are less people to show you the ropes and give ongoing training too. Give things a go and try and find answers for yourself. Employers are looking for team members who have a good attitude towards wanting to work. In specialist roles it's important to have the qualification to back you up but experience isn't always that necessary, if you have the right attitude. On the job training is always provided and a good employer should have this as a constant so everyone keeps their knowledge up to date.
Motivation and Reliability - Some of the top requirements of employers are motivation, reliability and using initiative. An employer also likes someone who can clean up after themselves whether it be on a building site or in the office kitchen - it shows respect for fellow employees. If you can show you are reliable and eager to learn, then an employer will give you their time. Communicating well together is key, you must be able to have a conversation with both positive and critical feedback and make the necessary changes.