What Employers Look For

Different jobs will require specific competencies or skills, but there are some skills which are required by almost all jobs.

What do you know about your skills?

Explore the different skills employers value and take a moment to reflect on your confidence in these skills. Most students will already have developed these skills before coming to University, but taking part in work experience or placements, part-time jobs, student societies, sports teams or volunteering is an excellent way of practising them and gaining the real examples that employers are looking for.

Our opportunities website contains information about all the fantastic opportunities available to Edge Hill students during your time with us.

Using the skills below, reflect on your strengths. If you need to create a CV, you can use these skill areas to help structure your skills profile. You might also want to reflect on how to identify your skills and abilities in order to create a strong application.

Employers tell us they value experience very highly. Make sure your CV and application stands out from the crowd by containing as much relevant experience as you can fit in. Tailor your application to address the criteria in the job advert and person specification the employer has written. Explore more top tips to help you write a successful job application.

Commercial Awareness


Being able to understand the business environment of a particular employer or industry.

Communication & Negotiation


Ability to communicate effectively verbally or in writing, and to discuss and agree on something with other people.

Leadership & Teamwork


Being able to take the lead to motivate and encourage others or to contribute practically to the success of the team.

Problem Solving & Decision Making


Ability to think things through in a logical way to reach a solution and to then decide on the best course of action.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Ability to handle change and adapt to new situations.

Innovation & Creativity


Being able to work on your own initiative, and to see new opportunities or alternatives.

Self Awareness


Knowing your strengths and skills and being able to put these across to employers.

Motivation & Enthusiasm


Having energy, commitment and enthusiasm in pursuing and completing projects.

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