Feb 14, 2020
Employability skills are general workplace skills, personal qualities and attributes that enable you to thrive in any workplace, and are highly valued by employers.
In addition to education, training, and experience, employability skills distinguish an individual when employers are recruiting for the ‘right match’ between applicants and a vacant position. Evidence of having employability skills will make you stand out when you are applying for employment. In fact, at least 72% of employers believe employability skills are just as important, if not more important, than technical skills (http://lmip.gov.au Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, June 2019 Improving the employment prospects of young people: A resource for career practitioners)
There are eight core employability skills (adapted from Youth Central website 2019)
Communication is about being clear about what you mean and what you want to achieve when you talk or write. It involves listening and being able to understand where someone else is coming from. Communication skills include non-verbal communication, such as the body language you use.
Examples of ways to develop or demonstrate your communication skills:
Teamwork is about being able to get along with the people you work with. It involves working together to achieve a shared goal.
Examples of ways you can develop or demonstrate your teamwork skills:
Problem solving is about finding solutions when you’re faced with difficulties or setbacks.
Examples of ways you can develop or demonstrate your problem-solving skills:
Initiative and Enterprise is about looking for things that need to be done and doing them without being asked. This can also involve thinking creatively to make improvements to the way things are done.
Examples of ways you can develop or demonstrate your initiative and enterprise skills:
Planning and organising is about working out what you need to do, and how you'll do it. Planning and organising involve things like developing project timelines and meeting deadlines.
Examples of ways you can develop or demonstrate your planning and organising skills:
Self-management is about being able to do your job without someone having to check up on you all the time. It is also about being able to stay on top of your own deadlines and be able to delegate tasks to other people to make sure things are completed on time.
Examples of ways you can develop or demonstrate your self-management skills:
Learning is about wanting to understand new things and being able to pick them up quickly. It also involves taking on new tasks and being able to adapt to change.
Technology is about being able to use a computer for word processing, using spreadsheets and sending email, or knowing how to use office equipment like a photocopier. Technology also involves using social media, working with design or video editing software or knowing programming languages. Other technology skills relate to hardware, like knowing how to use EFTPOS, a cash register, a camera or a recording studio.
Examples of ways you can develop or demonstrate your technology skills:
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