Personal Attributes

What do employers look for ?

Attributes valued by employers

Specific attributes are job related and what the employer wants from you.

Specific skills employers look for are technical knowledge, health and safety and working attitudes.

General attributes are the skills you have and the skills needed.
General attributes employers look for are planning skills, organisational skills, time management, team working, verbal skills, written communication skills, numeracy and creativity.

Attitudes are the way you act and behave.

Attitudes employers look for are determination, independent, integrity, tolerance, dependable, problem-solving, leadership, confidence and motivation.

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Effective Communication Skills

Communication is the transmission of information or message from one person to the other or among individuals through the use of the various channels such as sending emails, letter writing radio among other to achieve mutual understanding feedback.

General communication skills employers look for are cultural differences, adapting your voice and terminology, use of technology to engage an audience and question and answering.

Interpersonal communication is the process by which people exchange information, feelings, and meaning through verbal and nonverbal messages.

Interpersonal skills employers look for are verbal exchanges, signing, lip reading, body language, use of intonation, positive and negative language, active engagement.

Written communication is the ability to use written language in a precise and accessible way in order to clearly express yourself to the audience.

Communicate in writing skills employers look for are the use of emoticons, letters, fax, emails, spelling and grammar, relevance, proofreading and note taking.

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Barriers to effective communication

Background noise can interrupt the person speaking or even distract the audience from listening to what is being said.If Background Noise isn't prevented then it is likely that either the speaker will be distracted from what they are saying or the employees will be curious about the noise and will drift away from the meeting, if communication is interrupted then it is most likely that there may be failures in work.Background Noise can be prevented by turning off all computers not being used so that they don't make a noise, meeting rooms can be sound proofed so that outside Traffic is blocked out and signs can be put outside a meeting room to show others that they need to be quiet.

Distractions such as someone walking late into a meeting or a mobile phone beeping, it is most likely that all Distractions may exist in the ICT Industry but they need to be prevented for Effect Communication to remain.Distractions such as Mobile Phones can interrupt the flow of thought in the audience and they could momentarily stop listening to the speaker. When this happens Communication could soon falter and the speaker may feel that they need to repeat the message.If Distractions aren't prevented then it is most likely that the message may not be put across as accurately as it could without the occurrence of distractions,

Distractions can be prevented by turning of all mobile devices so that they don't beep whilst in a ICT meeting, place a "Meeting in Progress" sign above the door so that other people do not enter whilst somebody is talking and close all unnecessary programs so that no pop ups occur.

Physical barriers can be the use of jargon , emotional barriers , lack of interest or attention , physical disabilities , language differences , cultural differences and stereotyping.Physical barriers can be overcome by using simple clear words , reducing noise levels , listening , body language , simple organisational structure and using interpreters.

Lack of concentration such as Distractions may affect peoples Concentration.Some ICT meetings may last for several hours so its important that for all of this time the employees are sitting down listening, as this is when their Concentration may lack the most. A recipient can only take in so much information at one single time, therefore if meetings drag on for hours, there may be a Lack of Concentration and therefore important messages may be missed.

But Lack of Concentration can be prevented by avoiding big long business meetings so that individuals don't have to sit around for hours listening as this is when Lack of Concentration may be at its highest.