We all have skills that can help us get work, but what are the most important ones that employers look for on a CV or job application? Employers aren’t just looking for technical or ‘hard’ skills that will enable you to do the job, they’ll also expect you to have employability or ‘soft’ skills that will make you a valued employee and a great fit for their team.
Soft skills are related to personal attributes, behaviours and attitude. Having these employability skills can improve your chances of getting a job.
Previously, we asked Pat Cody, principal careers advisor at Careers New Zealand, how young people can increase their chances of being employed straight out of school.
Believing in yourself is important when job hunting
- Perseverance – working and looking for work can be challenging.
- Adaptability – the world will keep changing and people need to change with it.
- Desire to learn – this will help you to learn new skills and keep up with changes in the workforce.
Transferable skills can help you find new work
In Pat’s opinion there are no standalone employability skills, and concentrating on one specific kind of skill can be limiting. Instead, it’s important to have transferable skills that you can take to any job. These are skills such as:
- Creativity and innovation – being able to look at a challenge and offer new solutions.
- Critical thinking and problem solving – the ability to review and analyse information, and to consider new approaches.
- Communication and collaboration – these skills will help your workplace operate efficiently and effectively.