Employability skills

Get work ready and get ahead. Skills to help you succeed in any workplace.

Employability Skills are general skills that employers think makes a good employee. Having employability skills will help you get a job and succeed in your chosen occupation. Whether you are starting your first job or re-entering the workforce, having these basic skills will help you succeed in any workplace.

Employment skills: Active listening, articulation (how you pronounce words), body language, empathy, writing to your audience, understanding

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Writing assignments and reports as part of your studies
  • Blogging or using social media
  • Making oral presentations as part of your class work
  • Working in customer service (face-to-face or on the phone)
  • Getting involved in activities like debating or being a sports umpire or referee

Employment skills: Enthusiastic, questioning, self-assessment, setting goals, being open to ideas

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Contributing to training or helping others in the workplace
  • Using a range of learning methods – mentoring, peer support and networking, online courses, short courses
  • Try something new – take up a new sport or hobby
  • Research a new product or subject

Employment skills: Planning, scheduling, coordinating, meeting deadlines

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Developing a study timetable or a routine and sticking to it
  • Organising some independent travel
  • Managing your time around work, study and personal commitments
  • Helping to organise a community event

Employment skills: Innovative, creative, taking action, planning

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Approaching organisations and businesses about work placements or internships
  • Setting up your own community group
  • Making or proposing changes to the way a group you belong to does things
  • Organising a fundraising activity

Employment skills: Speech, body language, facial expressions, work appropriate dress, personal grooming

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Public speaking
  • Develop awareness of your body language
  • Be aware of how others dress in the workplace
  • Be aware of the workplace Dress Standards Policy

Employment skills: Solution-focused, questioning, answering, decision-making

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Doing research assignments as part of your studies
  • Dealing with complaints at your workplace
  • Doing a study skills course that looks at problem-solving
  • Talking to other people – e.g. peers or mentors – about how they solved the problems they faced

Employment skills: Planning, scheduling, prioritising, organisation

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Doing a work experience placement or internship
  • Asking for new responsibilities at work
  • Developing a study schedule or a routine and sticking to it
  • Joining a volunteer organisation

Employment skills: Communication, trust, support, knowing your role, respect

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Doing group assignments as part of your studies
  • Volunteering for a community organisation
  • Thinking about how you can work better with other people at your workplace
  • Joining a local sporting team

Employment skills: Punctual, responsible, regular attendance, consistency, fulfilling obligations

Examples of ways you can develop your skills:

  • Developing a study timetable or a routine and sticking to it
  • Managing your time around work, study and personal commitments
  • Follow a training schedule

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

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