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
To learn more about employability and how to access opportunities to help you develop in this area, take a look at our employability booklet (aimed at new students) which provides all you need to know.
Demonstrate your employability skills
You will be asked to provide evidence of your skills through the job application and interview process – you can talk about where, when, why and how successfully you have used your employability skills.
We would recommend keeping a record of evidence of the skills you have developed so that you can refer to them when submitting applications or preparing for interviews. Our Employability Skills Checklist and Activity can be a starting point.
- What skills you are using during your study?
- Can you record experiences as you go along?
- Are there skills and qualities that you are struggling to evidence?
- How will you maintain your skills audit?
- Do you need to take action to bridge a skills gap?
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.
Speak to a careers adviser
Our Careers Advisers are on hand to help. Book an appointment on Advantage or by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 5).
Appointments are available for current students and graduates of the University of Salford only.