Employment Skills for IT Companies

Helping you find a job

Personal attributes valued by employers

Employers look for and value certain skills or attributes that applicants may have. These attributes come handy in the work place and will massively increase the chances of you getting a job.

Specific Skills-

These are job related skills that will allow the employee to excel in a certain job. Some specific skills are actually required to get a lot of jobs. Some of these skills include:

  • Experience- A lot of jobs require past work experience, the amount of time needed can range from weeks and months to years. In this instance, experience with working in IT or with computers will be required.
  • Work Attitude- Your attitude to work can completely effect your employment chance. If you're the type of employee that will go the extra mile while working you're much more likely to be employed over someone who just does the bare minimum of work.
  • Health and safety- Someone who understands and will follow the health and safety procedures within a company will be very much appreciated and valued. To ensure that you do follow these procedures, make sure you read up on any health and safety policies the company may have.

General attributes-

General attributes are more like everyday skills that someone may have, these skills will most likely come in handy in the workplace and most employers will ask about them in job interviews.

  • Organisation Skills- An employee with organisation skills will be seen as an efficient employee. Organisation can increase workload and help other employees understand what you're working on and how you're working on it.
  • Creativity- Someone who is creative will be valued and will add something unique to a company. A creative employee could be responsible for new business opportunities or products. Creative employees can also tackle complex tasks due to their creativity.
  • Literacy and numeracy skills- Even though most jobs require valid qualifications for these skills, it doesn't hurt to further increase you skill and knowledge on the subjects. These skills will come in handy, especially when working in the IT industry.


Your attitude towards work can determine how effective of an employee you are, those that are more determined towards their job will more likely be employed.

  • Determination- Determination is one of the most important thing an employer looks for in a person. Determined employees will try hard at their job and will excel 'lazier' employees, this determination will most likely lead to promotions.
  • Confidence- Confidence can greatly benefit you in any job interview, making you appear like you know what you are doing to the employer. Confident employees will sometimes be volunteered to become a spokes person in meetings.
  • Reliable- A reliable employee will be a respected and valued employee. Any reliable employees may be more prone to things such a pay rise.

The princibles of effective communication

General communication skills- When communicating with others there are many things you need to take into consideration. These things may include someone's age or gender, their religion or ethnicity, or maybe even their culture. These skills are known as general communication skills.

When talking to someone who is much younger than you, it is common knowledge to use much simpler vocabulary than you would normally use. You need to this in order for this other person to understand you properly, as many young people only understand simple words.

You must ensure that when talking about something to someone you do not accidentally say anything that goes against or offends them on a religious scale. People are very sensitive when it comes to religion or ethnicity, so make sure you are careful when talking about something that may potentially offend them. If you accidentally offend someone, it would be wise to genuinely apologise for doing so.

Interpersonal skills- Interpersonal skills are things such as signing, lip reading and interpreting body language.

A lot of employers look for someone with strong interpersonal skills as these are the skills that allow them to effectively communicate and understand colleagues, customers and clients.

Communicate in writing- Employers also look for good written communication skills in employees.

An employee with effective written communication skills can easily communicate with other employees or clients through email or text. This is useful as people are not always available for a face to face conversation or phone call. Email has become a staple in most companies and knowing how to email properly will help you greatly in the workplace.

Barriers to effective communication

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Above is a mind map of a lot of barriers to effective communication. These are way in which communication can be blocked are ineffective. They can range from mental or personal factors to environmental factors.

How to prevent barriers of effective communication

Although it is not always possible, sometimes you can break down or prevent barriers of effective communication. There are many ways you can help prevent this, from asking questions while communicating to simply just speaking more clearly.

When communicating with someone you must ensure that you are clear to them. If when you try to communicate you mumble and speak quietly no one will understand you and it will show a distinct lack of confidence. Not being able to communicate or build relationships with clients and other employees can make your work life a living hell. When communicating make sure you are speak clearly and can be understood by who ever you are talking to.

Also when communicating with someone else it is wise to ask them questions now and then, to see if they fully understand what you're saying. Ask them their understanding on the conversation and see if they really do understand you. If you are communicating with someone and they do not understand you they may be too awkward to speak up and tell that they do not understand.

Finally, when communicating with different types of people change your tone or vocabulary to suit the situation. For example, when talking to a colleague or friend it is acceptable to speak freely and use slang, but when speaking to a CEO or client it is wise to use a more formal tone.