What Employers Want From Their Entry-Level Employees
There are three levels of skills employers look for:
Level 1: The basic work skills:
- Dressed for Work.
- Shows up on time (most jobs start early).
- Works a full eight to ten hour day with enthusiasm and attention to the job.
- Mature enough to use equipment and work safely around others.
- Listens well and able to follow verbal and sometimes written directions.
- Able to learn on the job (mechanical ability, eye hand coordination, reasoning/problem solving skills).
- Willing to do menial work and lowly tasks.
Level 2: Basic work habits:
- Able to get along with others.
- Aware of and respects others needs.
- Does more than his/her share of the work.
- Works well with customers.
- Has basic semi-entry level skills/knowledge of the trade including (math, english, and science).
- Understands what a job site is all about; how it works; what is going on and how the student's job fits in.
Level 3: Excellent work habits and skills:
- Excellent customer relations skills.
- Pays attention to detail.
- Proficient at entry level skills of the trade.
- Makes good decisions.
- Respected by co-workers and supervisor.