Organised and effective
Being organised and effective means that you plan and prioritise your daily tasks, whether they be academic, employment or personal, in a way that allows you to complete those tasks in a smooth and efficient way, without becoming overworked or stressed. When you are organised, you get things completed on time for deadlines, you arrive on time for meetings or other events and you are in control of the situation.
- How do you manage your time effectively to meet deadlines and get things done?
- How can you evidence your organisational skills?
- Are you self-motivated, persistent and resilient when faced with challenges?
- Do you show professionalism and integrity in your work?
In the next section you will see how you can develop this skill.
Develop your organisation and effectiveness skills!
Here you will find some suggested activities that you can do to enhance your organisation and effectiveness skills:
- Use time management tools to plan your time- use calendars/diaries/phones/create timetables to note down important deadlines
- Volunteering or part time work to fit around your studies
- Completing placements and internships
- Attending time management workshops or online courses
- Joining clubs and societies to work on projects
Once you have started to consider how you can develop your skills, start to think about how you might be able to showcase them during your career journey.
Demonstrate your employability skills
You will be asked to provide evidence of your skills in job applications, CVs and interviews – articulating where, when, why and how successfully you have used your employability skills. Top tips:
- Start with noting down examples of your skills on our Employability Skills Checklist
- Keep this as a record to use when completing applications and preparing for interviews.
Reflect on your journey
- Identify the skills you're using in your studies.
- Record all your experiences (paid work, voluntary work, roles in clubs or societies, for example) using our Employability Skills Activity Sheet
- Maintain your skills audit for future reference.
- Pinpoint any challenging skills or qualities you are struggling to evidence.
- Take action to bridge any skills gap.
Check out our employability guide (perfect for new students) to unlock opportunities and more ideas to help you develop your employability skills.
Be positive and relevant
- Give examples of the most relevant skills first from your job, internship or work experience
- Use confident language to describe your skills, for example, praise employers have given you.
- Better to focus on transferable skills than routine tasks on your CV, gained through part-time jobs.
Sell your skills in different ways
These are just a few examples:
- Social Media including a Linked-In Profile
- Networking opportunities
- CV, Covering Letters, Application Forms
- Interview and Assessment Centres
Think beyond common skills
Our Employability Skills are probably ones you are familiar with. But there are some you might not be familiar with, such as meta-skills. A meta-skill like a master skill – it's something that can help you in lots of different environments.
Think also about:
- Subject skills e.g. Software, use of Lab equipment or research methodology
- Talents and abilities e.g. Languages, drawing skills, athletic
- Personal qualities e.g. Calmness, tenacious, creative, supportive
Match skills to your employer
Research the employer – what is their company culture? Look on their website and see what their company beliefs are.
Look at the job description you have. You should be able to find some of the employability skills they are looking for.
Use the STAR technique to help you relate the employability skills into your answers and examples. Read our blog post written by our careers adviser, Adam Taylor, on the STAR technique.