Skills Required in Today’s Workforce

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Principles Of Management

Skills required in today’s workforce

Topic 9: Competencies and Skills Sought by Employers In
New Recruits in Pakistan
Skills required in today’s workforce

Topic 9: Competencies and Skills Sought by Employers In
New Recruits in Pakistan

Submitted to:
Dr. Sara Khan

Submitted by:
Ali Zafar
Hiba Fatima Jafri
Haseem uz Zaman
Sahrish Irfan

Submitted to:
Dr. Sara Khan

Submitted by:
Ali Zafar
Hiba Fatima Jafri
Haseem uz Zaman
Sahrish Irfan

TABLE OF CONTENTS

S. No.
| Contents| Pg. No|
1.| Introduction| |
2.| Executive Summary| |
3.| Literature Review| |
4.| Research methodology| |
5.| Research findings and their interpretation| |
6.| Analysis and discussion| |
7.| Conclusion| |
8.| Recommendations| |
9.| Appendices| |

LITERATURE REVIEW

* In Pakistan the employers continue to face recruitment difficulties. Most of the reported vacancies could not be filled due to a lack of applicants with the necessary skills. However, employers do not place an emphasis on developing the skills they need ‘in-house’. (Zeeshan Shafquat,2009)

* In Pakistan hiring an employee is an easy task. A reviewing of the candidate’s papers, an interview, consulting a few references and following the philosophy of first impression is the last impression. Every employee tries to present himself in the best possible manners which often deceive employers. (Zeeshan Shafquat,2009)

* Employers say they are impressed by job candidates who have excellent communication skills, good grooming habits, and relevant work experience. Employers say they want trustworthy new hires that can move right in, get along with their co-workers, and get the job done without having to be babied at each step ( Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.)

* HR firms in Pakistan do not consider checking social networking profiles of job seekers to make sure they are recruiting the best people. With more than 900,000 people on Facebook from Pakistan and the ongoing awareness of blogging.

* Indeed.com's list of the top 10 professional attributes that employers want to see in their employees: Leadership skill, Interpersonal skills. Problem-solving skills. Self-motivation. Efficient. Detail-oriented. The ability to prioritize. Team player. Reliable and the ability to multitask.

* Employers look for people with good attitudes, enthusiasm, good work records and an interest in business. (Nobleboro, Maine).

* Overconfidence in skills and experience: Organizations typically hire highly self-confident leaders. New leaders invariably arrive at their new positions as accomplished managers. They often have a “been there, done that” mentality with respect to leadership transition (Wells, 2005). * "I look for employees that have roots in the community. Then I decide which applicant gets the job based on intelligence, work ethic and need." Connie Collins, chief executive officer of Bruce Telephone Co. (Bruce, Miss.).

* Qualifications do not appear to be important for a large number of employers and jobs, consistently ranking beneath characteristics and soft skills in recruitment frameworks (Bunt, 2005; Jenkins and Wolf, 2005). * Social media networks like LinkedIn can actually get job seekers the best job they can think about. Social media is a powerful tool – What both employers and employees need to do is use it in the best way. * Amongst core characteristics employers look for are motivation and flexibility. These include willingness to work and learn, and appearance, behaviour, confidence, and positive gestures. (Bunt, 2005). * Employers’ skills requirements vary by region, sector and occupation (LSC, 2003;Bunt, 2005). Indeed, the definition and understanding of the term skills can be complex with overlaps between skills, qualifications and characteristics. * According to Harvey et al, (1997 cited in Holden...
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