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JOB Readiness is Constantly Evolving. Ask yourself if you are 'Job Ready'?

August 28, 2017





Many young people find it difficult to find work after they finish school or finished their studies.  

Many people with vast amounts of experience find it difficult to re-enter the workforce after taking a hiatus. 


In this ever-changing, world job readiness is constantly evolving.   You may have specific qualifications, but  you may  lack basic ‘Job readiness’ skills.   Job readiness is multi-faceted. It is what employers are assessing during your interview and what will determine your success in the workforce. 


We have divided some job readiness skills into categories.  Have you asked yourself if you are JOB READY?



_____  Do I have a certificate, diploma or degree?

_____  Am I computer literate?  Do I have MS Office, MS Word, Excel skills?

_____  Do I have up-to-date skills?  Am I educated and proficient in the newest trends in my industry?




_____  Am I punctual? Will I arrive at work on time every day? Will I be on time for meetings?

_____  Am I reliable? Will I do all the work that is required of me?

_____  Am I responsible? Will I follow the company rules?

_____  Am I presentable? Will I dress neatly and appropriately?

_____  Am I hygienic?  Will I wash/shower regularly and keep my work station clean?

_____  Am I positive? Or do I moan and groan about everything and everyone?

_____  Am I trustworthy? Can the company and my work colleagues trust me?

_____  Will I go the extra mile? Do I do more than I’m asked for or only the minimum?



_____  Do I learn from my mistakes? Or do I always blame other people?

_____  Do I accept criticism? Do I take and learn from it?

_____  Do I have manners? Do I say please and thank you?

_____  Am I tolerant? Do I respect other races, religions or nationalities?

_____  Am I interested in my fellow co-workers? Or do I only talk about myself?



_____  Do I have good communication skills? Can I read, write and speak well?

_____  Can other people read my hand writing? 

_____  Can I follow instructions?

_____  Will I ask for help if I think I need it?  Or will I just ignore the job?

_____  Am I fluent in English?  Can I write, speak and read in English?

_____  Do I have a good phone manner?  Do I answer it professionally?

_____  Do I have a firm business-like handshake? Or do I shake with a soft, limp hand?



_____  Am I a team player? Do I work well with others?