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Most Valuable Marketable Skills For The Job Market

In my experience I've found that there are a lot an employer looks for in a prospective employee. While it is imperative that students focus of graduating with the best grades possible while in school, as this might be the first thing an employer enquires after, when one crosses that hurdle there are certain other, probably more fundamental qualities that an employer regards as more important. But before we get to this, we must first pay some attention to the Résumé

Before an employer gets to meet personally with an applicant he first assesses the applicant based on their résumé. Your résumé contains all your educational background, work history (if you have one), qualifications, achievements, skills, interest and some of your personal information. It is necessary to note that your assessment does not begin at the interview stage but from the moment an employer receives and peruses your résumé. Ensure that your résumé, the contents and structure, is one that an employer would find appealing and not one whose form would instantly off a potential employer. 

If an employer is interested what likely follows is an interview, and this could either be written or oral. Most interviews are oral. While a few interviews are conducted over the phone or via skype, most are conducted with both parties physically present and meeting in person. Here, you must not underestimate the importance of appearance. Your assessment begins the minute you walk in. Your dressing must be neat and appropriate and bear in mind that your carriage and comportment are also under scrutiny. Take all the necessary steps to ensure that you are well prepared for an interview before attending one. 

What each employer searches for in a prospective employee varies, sometimes depending on their own personalities, sometimes depending on the job that's on offer. Yet there are a number of marketable skills I'm certain all employers require from an employee. 

Functional Skills: These are skills or aptitudes that are inherently present in a person and while most are natural, some can be developed and perfected over time. They are competences that can be transferable to different work settings, thus they're also called Transferable skills. Examples of this are analytical, coordinating, communication, research, interpersonal, writing, managing, organizational skills etc. 

Adaptive Skills: These are skills that emanate and are developed from previous experiences, they come from adaptive behavior. Examples of this are leadership, flexibility, enthusiasm, ability to work under pressure, decisiveness, resourcefulness, spontaneity etc. 

However besides Functional and Adaptive skills which are both very important, there are some skills which every employer might regard as a perquisite for admission into their employ, and the most popular of these is the ability to utilize in information technology and particularly proficiency in Microsoft office; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access. 

In addition to the above, other skills such as work content skills; skills developed and required for specific jobs and positions are also marketable skills. 

In conclusion, I will add a few observations;
- I also find that most employers like
Team players
Persons who are able to work under minimum supervision 
Persons who are able to take the initiative
Persons who exude confidence and are also packaged to reflect the company's brand or image

- Being Multilingual or bilingual is sometimes an added advantage

- In Nigeria a degree from a foreign institution is sometimes given preference over those from indigenous Universities

- A Masters degree is often times an added advantage 

- Gaining a certificate in a professional course related to your (intended) profession could enhance your career. 

- Drive and ambition take you farther than all other qualifications. 

Webucator, an Online learning company is focusing on Microsoft offerings right now, because they think it’s an essential skill for a modern worker and being demanded by employers of all types. At the following page they are giving back to 2014 grads and other professionals by offering continual self-paced free Microsoft training courses:

I'm certain that what I've written is not conclusive so if you have any meaningful additions or opinions in what you consider to be the most valuable marketable skills in employment/the job market, especially for people going into the workforce, please leave a comment or two. 


  1. Thelma only today you have been both teacher and pastor. Interesting.

  2. Most valuable skill in Nigeria is CONNECTION!
    Once I know someone in high power, I have the Job!

    1. @Ruthy Gbam gbamer gbamest! More valuable than all your Degrees put together!

      @Mabel after seeing dz Ruthy's comment and knowing a senator with Olevel cert in Asokoro, all I'd say is 4get that story!

      *lips sealed and watching*

    2. And people wonder why nigeria is the way it is. These two people are a perfect example of why nigeria will never grow.

    3. This anon are u in Nigeria? If Yes, where u dey work & how much be Ur salary? If No pls borrow one of SDK chair take sit ya Ass down!!!

    4. Well I'm not surprised, some people don't aspire to much. I am in nigeria, I earn a very good salary with a good job that I got on merit, like my siblings. Maybe u were brought up to believe u need connections to succeed. I wasnt n so far I'm succeeding just fine. PhD in view, my dear some of us can get ahead on her brains and hardwork alone. Pls don't corrupt d mind of innocent young nigerians

    5. U know what? I don't believe in whinning. Let me have the name of your company & i'll come around to confirm all Ur "Brains & Hardwork". U can email me!

      I wasn't brought up in ur description, on the contrary, I worked & schooled. I trained myself & i'm still aiming higher on MY merits too.
      But the truth is the truth!!!
      Just a few sincere people in Nigeria hire based on merits. 10%.

    6. I have nothing to prove to you. Either you believe it or you don't. Good luck.

    7. LOL. Just like I thought. Learn to be truthful... FACTS don't lie! that doesn't mean there aren't exceptions! But it's RARE!

    8. oya isokay the two both of you don't fight,u hear? connection and brains abi? okay we haf ye.oya the two both of ruthy and annon gaaaan sit on SDK shia.* signs***Referee Bloggitup

    9. A year ago, I would have fully agreed with Ruth but this year alone has made me realize that its not always about connections even in Nigeria, yeh there is still that element but I would say about 50% are sincere and do hire based on merits. A lot also has to do with being genuinely driven and motivated, once you are consistent with that type of mentality then the sky is just your starting point really. For job seekers, sell sell SELL yourself! Show the Employer that you have what it takes to handle that particular job.

    10. Thanks FNLP. I didn't actually write this for this blog but as a response to someone's request to write something for 2014 graduating set and people new in the job market, I'm glad you at least made a helpful contribution.
      The link might be sent out to them (in case you're wondering why I chose to post it here).

  3. Lol. Ruthylicious,u got.Me ROTFL. U are right though but the above are also needed as stated by Thelma because after being employed by connection with nothing upstairs,what happens when your employer discovers this?so we need to be prepared so when the connection comes we would b ready.

    1. Of course all what T said is necessary in sane countries but applicable to only 10% graduates in Nigeria who are seeking GOOD paying jobs!


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