Employability Skills

Employability Skills

  • November 14, 2023
The importance of employability skills

The Importance of ‘Employability Skills’ in the Isle of Man Job Market

In the dynamic Isle of Man job market, where opportunities abound and industries evolve, the significance of employability (or ‘soft’) skills has never been more apparent. As we navigate this market, it's evident that the currency of employability extends beyond technical skills. Employers seek individuals who bring more to the table than just a list of qualifications.

So, as you outline your technical skills, don't forget to shine a light on your employability skills. Show them who YOU are.

Yes, employers want to work with individuals who are qualified for the job BUT they also (especially in recent years) want to work with well-rounded people who, due to their set of skills will be able to bring a different perspective to their work.

What are ‘employability skills’ and why are they useful?

These are the skills that you pick up in everyday life, the skills that can’t be gained by a qualification, and the skills you have due to your own personality. This isn’t to say they can’t be learnt!

It’s important to note that employability skills and attributes look different for everyone and that’s the beauty of it! You will have a unique set of employability skills that you should be recognising and shouting about!

Let’s run through some!

1. Communication Reigns Supreme

Effective communication stands as the cornerstone of success. Whether it's articulating ideas concisely or actively listening to colleagues and clients, the ability to communicate clearly is a skill that will only make your life easier.

*This particular skill can be difficult for a number of individuals for a whole host of reasons; understanding different communication types and learning how to use them effectively will not just benefit you but also the people you are communicating with*

2. Teamwork in a Tight-Knit Community

The Isle of Man is renowned for its tight-knit community. Employers will look for candidates who not only bring individual brilliance to the table but can seamlessly integrate into shared efforts.

*Working within a team isn’t for everyone, but unless you always work independently there will most likely be a time you will have to collaborate with a group of people. This is where your communication skills will really come into play*

3. Adaptability in the Face of Change

In a rapidly evolving job market, adaptability is a prized asset. The Isle of Man, with its resilient economy, values professionals who can navigate change. Those who can pivot, embrace new technologies, and remain agile.

*Change can be difficult, that’s okay. Try and be responsive and proactive to embrace any changes that may occur. If you are a person who struggles with change, communicate this and work with your employer to implement processes that might make it easier for you*

4. Problem-Solving

Think outside the box. The ability to analyse situations critically and devise effective solutions is a skill that employers highly value. The market on island is different to any other, recognising this and using it to your advantage will always set you up with a good footing. Always approach problem-solving creatively.

5. Sensitivity in a Global Marketplace

As the Island continues to be a hub for international business, sensitivity is paramount. Professionals who respect and understand diversity bring a unique perspective to the workplace. Embracing a global mindset is not just a employability skill but a necessity in a job market where collaboration is key.

Conclusion: Invest in Your Employability Skills!

In the Isle of Man job market, technical skills may open doors, but employability skills will help you sustain your success. They make you the person people want to work with.

Keep in mind that the specific employability skills may vary depending on the nature of the role and the organisations culture.  Here’s some to think about and help elevate your CV:

Time Management: 

  • Prioritisation of tasks
  • Meeting deadlines


  • Taking initiative
  • Motivating and inspiring others

Emotional Intelligence:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy

Conflict Resolution:

  • Ability to handle conflicts diplomatically
  • Mediation skills

Conflict Management:

  • Ability to address and resolve conflicts
  • Constructive handling of disagreements

Stress Management:

  • Remaining calm under pressure
  • Resilience

Positive Attitude:

  • Optimism
  • Enthusiasm


  • Building and maintaining professional relationships
  • Effective networking skills

Customer Service:

  • Client-focused approach
  • Relationship-building with clients or customers

Negotiation Skills:

  • Persuasion and influencing skills
  • Finding common ground

Decision Making:

  • Sound judgment
  • Decisiveness

Presentation Skills:

  • Effectively conveying information to others
  • Engaging and clear presentation style

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Building rapport with colleagues and clients
  • Friendliness and approachability

Embrace the importance of employability skills, understanding that they are not just the 'soft' side of our professional personas but the solid foundation upon which we can build fulfilling and successful careers. 

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