What Employers Really Want...? A GUIDE TO THE TOP SKILLS


Employability skills are the skills, qualities and attitudes that employers say are essential for their workplace. 

1. Positive attitude

Having a positive attitude is like showing up to your team’s game ready to give it your best, excited and ready to go even if the chances of winning are low and it’s going to be hard work.

2. Communication

You have good communication skills if you can listen well, you don’t swear at work or have a bad attitude, you can ask for what you want clearly and you’re not afraid to ask if you don’t understand something.

3. Teamwork

Teamwork is just like when you’re playing netball or performing in your band. You help each other to get what you want, you make sure you do your part, you get on with everyone and you respect your coach or manager.

4. Self-management

When you manage yourself you are in control of what you do and say in a way that doesn’t harm yourself or others. You turn up to school or work on time, in the right clothes and ready to start, and people can rely on you.

5. Willingness to learn

Willingness to learn is showing that you’re happy to learn new things and what you need to know to do your job. It also means that when, for example, your coach says that you need to work on your passes, or your kapa haka teacher says you need to improve your poi actions, you don’t get too upset, but take it calmly and try hard to do better.

6. Thinking skills (problem solving and decision making)

Using thinking skills means that if you see a problem, you don’t wait for someone else, you find a way to fix it. When you make a decision, such as what to do when you leave school, you think carefully about all your choices and ask for advice.

7. Resilience

Maybe you’ve worked really hard on that NCEA project and got a Not Achieved and feel like giving up? Or your family moves to a new town, away from your friends? Resilience is accepting that life does get hard at times and does change. It’s about being able to change, ask for help and keep going. 

How do I get these skills?

You will have many of these skills already. The good news is that these skills can be learned in daily life.
You can develop employability skills by:
  1. doing work experience or volunteer work
  2. playing sport or doing music and performing arts
  3. helping your family
  4. taking part in a hobby or interest
  5. taking part in school activities such as debating, or the Young Enterprise Scheme
  6. taking part in community activities such as environmental causes or fundraising
  7. working steadily at school.

Fitting into a company’s culture, a proactive personality and punctuality are some of the top things employers look for when looking to sign up a new employee, says a new AAT poll. More than a third of the 1,000 employers surveyed said they simply ask that candidates show common sense

1. Clear layout 
2. Two-page limit length 
3. Appropriate font and font size 

4. Clear language 
5. Correct spelling throughout

Half of employers revealed they have used a candidate’s social media profile to gauge whether they are fit for the job. Of those who checked candidates online, more than two-thirds have denied an applicant the job based on their ‘questionable conduct’. Many employers also admitted that they are likely to disregard a CV if they found incorrect spellings or poor punctuation. Keeping to the standard two-page CV is another key to success.

1. How you fit into the company culture 
2. How much experience you have 
3. Your general personality – do you have one? 
4. How well qualified you are 
5. A proactive attitude.

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