Personal Attributes

By Adam Wild

Specific Skills

Technical Knowledge

Technical knowledge is probably the most important skill to have as it shows how well you can perform and at what level you will be able to work at when employed. This is important because when you're trying to get a job, the person employing people is always going to look for the person with the highest level of knowledge and for someone who has experience with any of the tools they're going to be using in that range of work.

Health and Safety

Health and safety is another necessity to bare in mind when working in a work place. As a result of this, you must make sure that you're familiar with all of the procedures that are there for your health and safety. Some examples of this are: making sure you know where the fire exits are, ensuring you know where the fire assembly point is,making sure you know how to react in cases of natural disasters and generally knowing what to look out for, even if it's something small such as having your laces tied or having bags and coats hanging out from under the tables.

Working Attitudes

An employer is always going to be looking for someone that has a good working attitude, by this, it means someone who is in the right state of mind for that job position. This includes having both dedication and determination in the work place to ensure that you get your job done. Another thing you must take into consideration when talking about working attitudes is that you're being respectful to your employer and all customers that you have to deal with.

General Attributes

Planning Skills

When dealing with a job, you must make sure that you have a good knowledge of planning skills and that you know how to implement them into your own daily life. This is because an employer isn't going to want someone who is constantly turning up late for work or is proving that he/she is unprepared.

Organisational Skills

When you're in a work place, your employer is going to want to see someone who is organised on a daily basis, this is because by being organised it means that you can easily move from one task to another and that if you need to find a specific document, you're going to be able to do it without losing it. This is good because it will impress your employer and it will usually have a good effect on the customers too.

Time Management

Time Management is (in my opinion) the most important attribute to have when working. This is because if you're constantly getting tasks done late or not done at all, you're going to find that it's effecting others. An example of this is that if you're given a task to do from your employer and you don't get it done on time, it's not only going to make you look bad but it's also going to have an effect on your employer based on what the task was. As a result of this, I think that time management is by far the most important skill as it is going to determine how well you're working and at what rate you're working. This is also going to make it quite clear as to how dedicated you are to your work.

Team Working

In a workplace, your employer is going to want to see people that can not only work on their own, but work in teams. This is because a lot of the time during employment, you're going to be given tasks that is going to require more than one person. The dilemma here is that a lot of people find that they don't work very well in groups and that they get distracted too easily, if this applies to you, then you're going to find yourself having issues as employers are going to want to hire people that are able to get the job done with minimal distractions and time taken.

Verbal Skills

One of the things that people don't often think about when it comes to a workplace is verbal skills. Verbal skills are important as they determine how well you're going to be able to interact with customers and how well you're going to take on-board what your employer is saying to you.

Written Communication Skills

In a workplace, you're often going to be given a task that requires some kind of written communication skills, an example of this would be writing a letter to another company offering some kind of migration between the two organisations. This is important as when you're writing something important such as this, you must make sure that your grammar and your language are both correct otherwise the letter is going to come across as unprofessional.

Numeracy

Almost every job that you're going to get into, is going to require you have some form of numeracy skills, whether it's working with binary in computing or working out how much water you're going to put in the mixture to make some cement. No matter what job you get, or how little you think numeracy is going to be involved, you're going to come across a task sooner or later that is going to take some working out and your employer is going to want those people that are able to work out the equation without struggle.

Creativity

The final attribute that your employer is going to be looking for is creativity. Creativity is often a necessity in some job positions as it is required in a lot of scenarios. One example of this is if the company you're working for is working on designing a new game, they might need ideas for characters, a storyline or a plot twist. If a situation like this occurs, your employer is going to be expecting you to have some kind of input to help put towards the project.

Attitudes

Determination

When you're working in a workplace, the person that's going to get the pay rise is always going to be the person getting the most work done, and on time. However, on most occasions, the person that's getting the work done most is the person with the most determination, the person that keeps their mind set on the work. As a result of this, determination is the most important attitude to bring to work with you.

Independant

Another important attitude that your employer is going to be looking for is how well you work alone. Earlier we spoke about how being able to work in a team is good as long as you don't get distracted, however it's also important that you're capable of working alone. This is because you can't always rely on someone else doing the tasks for you as there's going to be times where you're the only one available to get a specific task done. As a result of this, you must show and prove that you can not only work in a team but on your own too. The best time to excel at work is often when you're working alone, this is because you have minimal distractions and it's up to you how well your work stands out.

Integrity

One thing that you're always going to want to bare in mind is integrity. When you're at work, you're going to want to make sure that you're always honest and that you have strong principles. This is because if you find that you're telling your employer lies, when they find out (and they will, sooner or later) they won't be pleased about it. This may not only get you disciplinary, but it could even cost you your job.

Tolerance

Another important attitude to bare in mind is tolerance. When working in a work place you may have to deal with some customers who aren't going to have an easy time understanding you which could mean that you have to explain things a few times or break them down into the simplest way possible. As a result of this, you're going to need to be tolerant. This doesn't only apply to customers though, but to your employer too. A lot of people find themselves getting frustrated by their employer, but they must remember that at the end of the day, they're being paid to do their job. As a result of this, they must tolerate their employer no matter how frustrated you find yourself getting.

Dependable

Being dependable is something that every employer is going to be looking for. There are going to be several situations where you're going to find that your employer is relying on you to get a task done. As a result of this, you must be dependable. What this means is that your employer can give you a task and know that you'll get it done on time without having to worry that you're going to get distracted or go off task.

Problem Solving

Problem solving is one of the most vital attitudes that you must bring to work with you. This is because you're going to find yourself in several positions where there's going to be a problem at hand and your input could be the one to make the difference. As a result of this, you must ensure that when you're faced with a problem, you try your best to solve it as quickly as possible so you can carry on with your task. One problem that could come up in a workplace could be that your ethernet cable might not reach your computer. One way to fix this could be to try and relocate your computer to a position closer to the router. However if your system must stay where it is, then another way around this is to get a network adapter.

Leadership

Leadership is one of the most important attitudes that you're going to require. This is because in several situations you're going to be put into teams or you're going to be given a task that's going to take more than one person. The most organised way of doing this is by having one person lead the group. One of the benefits of leading a group is that it's going to make you stand out of the crowd and it's going to give you a higher chance of getting a pay rise.

Confidence

Confidence is an attitude you need no matter what the circumstances are. When you're given a task, you're going to need the confidence to do it or you're going to find yourself hesitating and not getting the task done on time or that you're passing up several opportunities due to a lack of confidence. Your employer is always going to be looking for someone who is confident as that means he doesn't have to worry about you not being able to complete the task at hand.

Motivation

Motivation is the final attitude you're going to need in a workplace and it's also one of the most important. Motivation is going to determine how much work you're getting done, how much you enjoy your job and at what pace you're working at. This is important as if you're not enjoying what you do, you're going to find yourself slacking and not getting the tasks done on time. As a result of this, your employer is always going to be looking for the employees that have a high level of motivation.

General Communication Skills

When in a work place, one thing you're going to have to take into consideration is the cultural differences. As a result of this, you may have to vary your attitude or the way you communicate based on someones culture. This is because some things may come across as offensive to them due to their culture. Another thing you've got to keep in mind is your voice and terminology, When you're talking about specific things, you want to try use as much specialist vocabulary as possible to show that you can work in a professional manner, whilst doing this you may also want to adapt your voice to make yourself seem more approachable and so that you come across as clear to the customers.

Interpersonal Skills

When you're communicating with others, there are going to be several other ways of people communicating with you besides physically speaking to you. An example of this can be lip reading, body language, use of intonation, position and negative language and your active engagement. These are all ways of being able to understand how the person you're communicating with is feeling, which should also change the way you respond to that person. For example, if someone is starting to raise their voice whilst you're talking to them, you will want to try and take them seriously and try to understand their point of view. The main way of people interacting without verbally speaking is through their body language, as a result of this you want to pay close attention to peoples body language at all times. By doing this, you're going to find yourself understanding the person you're talking to on a more personal level.

Communicate in Writing

When you're communicating through writing, there are several things you must consider. Some examples of this are: use of emoticons, letters, fax, emails, spelling and grammar, relevance, proofreading and note taking. First off, when you're writing to someone, they aren't going to be able to see your body language or facial expressions so if you're being sarcastic or making a joke about something, they may not understand that as it may not be very clear. This is why emoticons are used, to help you portray your body language and facial expression to show how you're feeling based on the conversation. Another thing you must take into consideration when talking is your spelling and grammar, if you're writing to another company, you're going to want to ensure that your spelling and grammar have no mistakes. This is one of the things your employer is going to be looking out for as they want someone who has the ability to communicate with other companies and try to form business deals with them or maybe even get a sponsorship from them. You must also make sure that when you're writing, what you're saying is relevant to the topic. For example, if you're contacting another company regarding a sponsorship you want to stay on task and tell that company what you want from the sponsorship and what they're going to get in return (such as advertisement). Finally, you're going to want to proofread over your writing. The purpose of this is to ensure that there are no errors in it as if there are, the person receiving it will notice the mistake and think you haven't put much effort into it.

Barriers to Effective Communication

What is a barrier to effective communication?

A barrier to effective communication is something that may prevent you from being able to communicate or work as you should be able to. Some quick examples of this are: distractions, background noise and lack of concentration.

Background Noise

The first barrier to effective communication that I'm going to talk about is background noise. Background noise is the most common barrier to effective communication as it happens to everyone at some point.


In order to prevent background noise, there are a few things you can do. The first thing you can do is try to relocate yourself to a different area of the workplace that has less noise. However, if you find that you're not able to relocate yourself you can try block out the noise by putting some headphones on or earphones in, or you can try communicating with people through messages rather than verbally.

Distractions

Another dilemma that everyone tends to come across at one point or another is distractions. Although some people are easier to be distracted than others, we all get distracted at some point. The problem with this is that it stops us from being able to do our work and results in less work being done.


In order to prevent yourself getting distracted, you can try isolate yourself from others and get yourself away from anything you think may distract you such as a computer or a console. However, if you're not able to isolate yourself, I'd recommend closing down any applications on the computer and unplugging the console until you're done your work.

Location

Another surprising barrier to effective communication could be your location. Although this isn't always one of the things you can help, the location you live in or work in could actually have a negative effect on your communication. This could be because there's construction going on where you're currently working in resulting in phone lines not working or just having a bad connection to the internet.


If you find that your location is effecting you, there isn't very much you can do to try and fix it except trying to relocate yourself. You can try using different rooms of the workplace to see if any have better connection than others or you can try increasing things such as your internet speed by upgrading your internet or calling your internet provider.

Lack of Concentration

The last barrier for effective communication that I'm going to talk about it lack of concentration. The issue with this is that it effects almost everyone and will prevent you from getting as much work done as you need. This also means that you're not going to be able to meet your deadlines and you're going to have to reschedule certain tasks.


Finally, to stop yourself from losing concentration, there are a few things you can do. You can try get rid of any distractions that you may come across by moving yourself away from them or you can take breaks during the work. An example of this would be working for 2 hours then taking a 30 minute break. Another way around this would be to set yourself aims, say to yourself if you get a certain amount done, you can take a 20 minute break. This will motivate you to get a certain amount completed.