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The Skills & Attributes Employers Want

December 1, 2014 by Curtin CEL Team

The Skills & Attributes Employers Want

Employers want more than qualifications. The skills and attributes that are appealing in an employee can be hard to articulate, and to measure, which is why your ability to effectively communicate who you are beyond your technical skills is essential (despite being challenging).

Understanding the key attributes employers look for can really help give some direction to your job applications and help you stand out as a well rounded candidate. In ‘Australian Jobs 2014,’ the Australian Government comments, “employers look for candidates who not only have the technical or job-specific skills required for their vacancies, but also those who can interact positively with other workers and clients, who can problem solve and are reliable.”

The document provides a handy overview of the skills you should endeavour to develop and evidence within the job application process.

Communication includes effective listening and understanding,  being assertive and persuasive, sharing information, using networks  and being responsive in negotiations and to requests. Team Work includes working with a wide range of people,  understanding how a role contributes as part of a team, coaching,  mentoring and giving feedback. Problem Solving includes developing creative, innovative and  practical solutions, applying a range of strategies to solve a  problem, testing assumptions and resolving concerns. Initiative and Enterprise includes adapting to new situations,  developing effective work practices, identifying opportunities and  translating ideas into action. Planning and Organising includes managing time and priorities  by setting goals and timelines, coordinating tasks, being resourceful  and working systematically. Self-Management includes having a personal vision and goals,  evaluating and monitoring one’s own performance, having clarity  and confidence and taking responsibility. Learning includes being willing to learn, being open to new ideas  and techniques and proactive involvement in training opportunities. Technology includes having a basic understanding of word  processing, spreadsheets, the Internet and email and an ability  to adapt to new and emerging technologies.


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