Standing out from the crowd: how your everyday skills can impress employers

When you're applying for construction jobs or a place on a course, it helps to stand out.

Construction qualifications like NVQs/New WindowSVQs and work experience are important but general skills picked up in your own time can also give you an edge when it comes to applications and interviews. These are called employability skills.


Examples of employability skills

There's no hard list of employability skills to help in your search for construction jobs but, if you think about it, you might realise that you have some already. They can include:

  • Communicating well
  • Solving problems
  • Using computers
  • Getting things done on time
  • Working in teams
  • Leading others
  • Understanding instructions
  • Being on time
  • Making decisions
  • Getting on with people

These aren't usually the kinds of things you can pick up in a class or through qualifications, although if you live in Wales, the Welsh Baccalaureate does cover a wide range of them. You might naturally have these skills, but it's better to have examples of how you have built them and use them day to day.

Did you know?

3 metres

The smallest house in Great Britain is in Conwy, Wales. It's 3 metres high, and has a floor space of only 1.8 square metres.

Maybe you play sports, are part of a club or help out with a family business? You can connect activities like these to lots of the skills above.


Building skills

Even if you're not involved with any of the activities above, there's always time to start building employability skills for future construction jobs. If there's a charity that really interests you, ask them if they need help. This can be as easy as dropping into a charity shop on the high street.

To learn more about the potential skills you might need when working in building jobs, check out our Roles In Construction Animation

Did you know

11,500 years

The earliest evidence of carpentry in Europe is in North Yorkshire - an excavated floor made of wooden boards there was dated to 11,500 years ago.


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