RGV LEAD- Employable Skills

There are many skills that are needed in order to be an effective and productive employee.  RGV LEAD Ambassadors from Los Fresnos High School and Los Fresnos United have researched and provided first hand examples to help guide our Falcon students into starting their search into employment and being better employees overall.

The information below you will find information on skills in which you can practice to be a suitable candidate for employment.


       *Soft Skills

Soft skills are described as personal attributes that increases the ability to communicate with on another.

      1. Increased Efficiency-
Soft Skills allow someone to be more efficient in any and all types of workplaces.

     2. Attractiveness- Soft Skills make the employee appealable to the employer.

     3. Preparation- Soft Skills better prepare the person when they enter into the workforce.

     4. Well Roundedness- Soft Skills make a person very well rounded if they already have the specific hard skills necessary for the job.

     5. Success- Soft Skills can lead to overall greater success in all occupations.


  1. Presentation

    Confidence is tricky but can be tricked. A popular way to boost self-confidence is through how you present yourself. Psychologically, the association people have made between professional clothing and the chance of success impacts the way a person perceives their own chances of success. A blazer, nice pants, and even a tie or heels can greatly affect the way a person sees themselves and how confident they are. Therefore, in changing the way you present yourself, your confidence is raised.

  2. Knowledge

    One of the biggest confidence boosters, aside from how you present yourself, is knowing all the information you need to know. When a situation arises in which you are being interviewed or must give a presentation, knowing all that you need to know mentally increases your confidence. Being prepared for questions, knowing the material, and understanding the concepts behind information can help a person with confidence. There's no worry or stress, leaving you with the reassurance that you’ll succeed.

  3. Articulation

    Self-Confidence can also be encouraged by speaking well. Although it seems like a long-shot, the way you talk changes how you feel about a situation. For example, if your mother were to call your name, your mood would change on whether you could tell she was upset. In this way, the way you say something can change the way people interact with you. When this interaction is positive, confidence is built.

  4. Consideration

    A large confidence booster is also being aware of who you’re around and what they prefer. As stated before, knowledge is key. This branches into knowledge of who you’re interacting with. You wouldn’t ask your boss out on a date and you wouldn’t ask your crush for your weekly reports. Therefore, knowing who you’re speaking to and what they want to hear changes self-confidence for the better. It helps you feel more prepared and aware of your situation, getting rid of any underlying uncertainty.

  5. Personality
    In a world of cubes, roll around like a ball. Another way to increase self-confidence is by being yourself. Staying in    some shell you weren’t meant to be in raises stress about how people perceive you. However, what people want to see is how you’re different from everyone else, not the same. Being personable and charismatic with your own personality not only helps you but the ones you interact with to both get to know you and see your confidence for themselves.


    *Time Management

  1. Know your goals – make sure you’re engaging in activities that support your goals. Keep a daily plan that should be focused on what you need to accomplish

  2. Prioritize wisely—keep your priorities accounted for and stay away from distractions and things of less importance

  3. Plan ahead — worst thing to do is jump into your day without any clear idea of what has to be done. The time you spend thinking will lead to wasted time on what has to be done

  4. Eliminate distractions — take count on how many times you may be distracted or interrupted in order to stay on task and take a break from our number one distraction social media.

  5. Take care of yourself— at the end of every stressful day find time for yourself. Get plenty of sleep and stay healthy so you can have an alert mind and positive attitude the next day.


Here are five important tips and reasons on why networking is important in everyday life and education.

  1. Networking is a long-term investment: Networking helps you in meeting certain people who are compatible with you for future ideas, life goals, aspirations, and other plans.

  2. Networking leads to lifelong friendships: Networking helps create many of the best friendships especially in universities where you can meet highly diverse and interesting people while exchanging perspectives about things like work, ambition and even attitude to life.

  3. Networking can help you climb the career ladder: Networking can help you easily talk to people and create different career opportunities so you're able to climb up the career ladder.

  4. Networking can help you start your own business: Networking helps you find partners, or certain people such as investors to be able to work with to combine creative skills and ideas to later start your own business.

  5. Networking is encouraged by Business schools: Networking can lead to serious business interactions with the help of many business schools and universities.


*Team Work

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines teamwork as “work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole,” and the key phrase there is, “efficiency of the whole.” For whatever you’re doing to be efficient, one must learn to at times step down, or step up. One must know how to communicate with others, and how to listen. One must acknowledge other’s ideas, and work well with them, because in the end it is all being done to achieve a common goal.


Why is teamwork important?

  1. Accomplishes more- Sometimes, people believe they can do a job all by themselves, however the greatest works and creations in human history were not done by one man. The Eiffel Tower, The Great Pyramids of Giza, The Empire State building, The Burj Khalifa, all monuments to what humanity can do when we work together. Teamwork done right can achieve much more than one person alone.

  2. Establishes Trust/Respect- To work as a team, one must clearly understand the concept of servant leadership, which requires one to drop both pride and ego, step down to let others talk, and allow others to lead as well. By doing this, you allow other ideas on your topic flow, making it easier to accomplish the overall goal, and establish a trust/respect within the group which is incredibly important.

  3. Skill will be useful in the future- Not only is this skill useful right now during high school, but one must practice in now in order to apply it once we go into the workforce. One must know how to work with others, not just for the company’s sake, but for one’s own sake too, in order to not risk losing your job.

  4. Develops good social skills- As beneficial as it is for school and the workforce, it is also incredibly beneficial socially and internally. Working in groups helps develop bonds and bring one out of his comfort zone. This helps in developing social bonds, which are healthy, in the future for someone who usually is much more introverted.

  5. Leads to Networking- Finally, teamwork leads to networking. When finally applying your team working skills out in the world, and gain trust and create social bonds as stated before, you will start creating a web of networks, which is extremely important to have in this world!



1. Initiative- leaders need to take charge; they need to be proactive and solve any problems encountered.

2. Inspiration- leaders inspire others by showing their commitment and passion for their job. Not only that, but they need to share exceptional qualities, like great communication skills and enthusiasm. 

3. Communication- leaders need to effectively communicate with their team to assure that their goal is met. The leader must be able to to have interpersonal communication, as well as through media. 

4. Guidance- leaders guide others to make sure their role is fulfilled. A great leader will guide their team to success.

5. Vision- leaders share their vision with the team, so that the team may focus and remember the importance of their tasks.



Five important tips, reasons, and points as to why it is important to beneficially implement this skill daily in both life and education.

A good work ethic contains:

  1. Attendance and Punctuality

    1. These characteristics lead to the maximization of the time given to perform assigned tasks such as learning or working.

  2. Reliability and Dependability

    1. Using this characteristic effectively fosters trust within relationships between educators and employers.

  3. Dedication and Determination

    1. These set of skills are what employers seek for because those who want to do a job rather than feel as if they have to complete the job ultimately excel in their work.

  4. Professionalism

    1. Displaying a positive use of ethics and morals will lead to proper behavior in any professional setting.

  5. Goal-Oriented

    1. Having a plan in motion guides those who aspire to achieve a greater future within their workplace or setting.



Five reasons why communication skills are important in everyday school, college, or work life.

  1. Better communication can make it easier for people to create good, developed relationships among others around them.

  2. Communication skills can also allow for better collaboration in different projects and/or activities.

  3. The way we communicate can determine the first impression that we leave on people, so being able to communicate well can make for a good first impression.

  4. Effective communication is one of the key skills needed in a self-created leader, which anyone can and should be if they apply themselves.

  5. Being able to communicate well can aid people in surviving almost anywhere with almost any situation in terms of understanding.


*Problem Solving

The process of identifying an issue, coming up with solution paths, and taking the appropriate course of action.

Points/tips/reasons on the importance of problem solving:

  1. Innovative thinking

    1. This characteristic will help a person come up with a solution others have overlooked.

  2. Leadership

    1. This characteristic will develop proper communication and negotiation skills within a person.

  3. Observational skills

    1. This characteristic will help you define the main cause of situations/issues.

  4. Builds morale

    1. This will boost self-confidence and sense of accomplishment when the issue is solved.

  5. Employment skills

    1. This characteristic will advance the company or employer’s mission.

*Marketable Skills

Marketable skills are often called employ-ability skills, are abilities that are in demand in the job market; they are useful for tasks that are valuable to employers.

  1. Continued learning

    1. In today’s ever-evolving workforce, you should always strive to further develop your skill set and expand your knowledge to stay ahead.

  2. Communication

    1. Communication is easily one of the most critical skills one must be able to master. Speech, writing and other forms of communication coexist as part of being able to form a relationship with your boss, other employees and customers.

  3. Adaptability

    1. You have to be equipped to grow along with the changes, big or small. You must be able to recognize how or where you fit best, even if that means going somewhere else.

  4. Problem solving

    1. employers like to see good problem solving skills because it also helps to show them you have a range of other competencies such as logic, creativity, resilience, imagination, lateral thinking and determination

  5. Approach-ability

    1. this is an important skill because employers want to make sure customers or other employees are comfortable asking you questions or for help. This includes dressing appropriately, having a good attitude, and even knowing more than one language.


*Interview Skills

Specific qualities and behaviors one must portray to further convey professionalism and become a strong possible candidate for a job opening.

A successful interview includes:

  1. Preparation skills

    1. When having a job interview, one of a most important thing you must do is prepare for the big day. It is important to remember that winging it is never worth it.

    2. Spend time re-reading and researching the job description. This helps you focus on the essential job requirements and responsibilities on the most important aspects of the job.

    3.  Plan what you wear, plan what you bring, plan a question list, if you can, plan it! There’s no such thing as being over prepared and when applying for a job, it can be helpful in keeping you organized.

    4. Don’t just think about how you’ll answer certain questions. Practice looking in the mirror and answering them out loud. This prep work will help clarify your thoughts and make you more comfortable during the interview.

    5. Practice makes perfect. Asking a friend or family member to pose as an interviewer can allow you to practice these steps with helpful feedback.

  2. Good communication skills

    1. Communication skills are needed to speak appropriately while making proper eye contact, demonstrating a varied vocabulary, listening effectively, and presenting ideas appropriately.

    2. The ability to speak, listen, and question with clarity are essential for most managers and leaders.

    3. Communication is a two-way process and it involves both sending and receiving information. This means that it requires both speaking and effective listening.

    4. Communication can also be displayed in two ways: verbal and nonverbal. Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication. In fact, 55% of communication is solely nonverbal. This includes gestures, facial expression, body language, tone of voice, and even appearance.

    5. Presentation skills are imperative to a successful interview. The ability to get your point across whether to a single person or to an entire group of people is a handy tool when trying to land the job.

  3. Self confidence

    1. Surveys have demonstrated a strong correlation between confidence and occupational success. Maintaining a positive attitude can appeal to the interviewer and it’s no secret that employers like to hire optimistic and upbeat people.

    2. Breathing techniques help boost confidence. When being in a nervous state, blood flows away from the brain and deep breathing will bring oxygenated blood back, therefore helping you think clearly.

    3. It’s important to speak to yourself with compassion any dispel any cruel thoughts that stand in your way. You are your biggest critic and having a healthy mindset will help you perform better in a job interview.

    4. Preparation is a good way to remain confident throughout the interview. Knowing your next step and what to say next will boost your confidence and appeal to the recruiter.

Confidence gives you more energy and determination and influence others more easily. Self-confident people can control their own emotions and behaviors more responsibly. 

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