Freshly graduated from high school or college? What real world skills does an employee need to enter the workforce? Does it depend on the industry or field of work? Not exactly. There are some basics everyone needs to be grounded in prior to entering the real world of work post graduation.
What skills should graduates already have?
Most high school graduates know how to use a computer, type at a reasonable rate, read at a minimum of an 8th grade level, and do basic math. These skills have become expectations for these young adults. But they are still not enough to secure a dream job in this tough economy.
College graduates often have higher reading levels, stronger computer skills, and a reasonable understanding of how to research for answers. Still, this is not enough real world experience for landing that dream job among such hearty competition.
What basic skills does the real world require?
According to a wikipedia article on job skills, The U.S. Department of Labor identified sixteen generic skills. These included everything from time management to people skills. But beyond personal growth is the hard task of learning daily, on-the-job skills that are marketable and dependable. Build a proficiency over a lifetime in the work-world by starting with the basics.
Foundational business task skills
It’s important for a resume to stand out. It proves the applicant knows how to write a summary of credentials and experience which highlights his or her compatibility to the open position. Writing a resume means the applicant understands basic forms have a structure and logical process. It shows literacy, glimpses maturity and illustrates capability to write and proofread basic sentences.
Math is another crucial skill. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are necessary in most businesses simply for balancing a cash drawer or payment batches. Additional basics in accounting, statistics, geometry, and algebra comprehension rounds out the most business reporting in a large portion of companies.
How can monthly and quarterly reports be handled if there’s no entry-level comprehension? Without some working knowledge in the advanced mathematical arenas, it’s nearly impossible to take an employee up the corporate ladder. Go-getters might like to know about learning for free to improve their job skills.
Computer skills are fun for entertainment but crucial for social media marketing, spreadsheets, writing proposals, reports, and other business documents.
Every person entering the workforce now should understand how to use a word processing program (most use MS Word), basic spreadsheets like Excel, and understand the basics of computer operations and Internet use. It’s too time consuming for an employer to train computer usage when inventory, time clocks, and client files are now kept digitally.
Do you need more basic office skill training? Does one of your employees have great people skills, but lacks in an area crucial to their position?
The Lee Group offers both training and temporary opportunities to solve either dilemma. In a temporary position, an employee can gain business skills he or she doesn’t have but has an aptitude to achieve.
In training, an employer keeps a valuable person both they and clients like while increasing that employee’s success. Contact the Lee Group to find a temporary placement to allow training time, choose a temporary position to gain more experience, or schedule training for valuable employees.