Today’s world of work has drastically changed the way we interact with people. With digital literacy and specialised technology expertise being in demand, employers are still searching for candidates who have more to offer than just technical skills. According to Deloitte Access Economics, soft-skill intensive occupations are expected to account for two-thirds of all jobs by 2030.
From a recruiter’s point of view, the following six soft skills are the most highly sought after from employers:
A willingness to learn is something that is requested from employers. Regardless of the industry or position you are working in, ensure you stay on top of trends and changes relevant to your profession. This skill will not only allow you to stay on top of changes, but it will also illustrate any gaps in your skill area and provide you with the opportunity to develop further in your career.
Although some days you may be working autonomously or even remotely, being a team player is still one of the most valued attributes within the Australian workforce. Being a team player is about taking the time to understand each other’s strengths and making a conscious effort to collaborate. Remember those times you were part of a group project? Think back on what role you played and whether you were the one being competitive and cutting others off, or maybe you took the backseat and let someone else drive the project. Employers look for collaboration, engaging with others and building on other’s ideas to ultimately contribute to the end goal.
Change is a huge part of our modern world and having the ability to accept and adapt to change is crucial within the working environment. Employers look for candidates who have been able to demonstrate change and move out of their comfort zone. This symbolises to the employer that you see change as an opportunity to grow and develop, leading to innovation and initiative.
Most job ads you see will have within their requirements and selection criteria – excellent interpersonal and communication skills. This is one of the most crucial skill sets required within Australia as employers value candidates who can communicate their knowledge and ideas proficiently and professionally. It is important to also be comfortable speaking with individuals at all levels within an organisation in a professional manner.
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world where diversity of thought and collaboration are valued. This means communicating your ideas but also being able to respect others and their different opinions. Employers look for candidates who are able to contribute ideas and opinions and not putting others down.
Another important skill employers look for from candidates are strong organisational skills. During unstable and unpredictable times, organisations will tighten their budgets and resources, resulting in hiring managers looking for someone who can effectively organise their time to ensure deadlines are met, productivity is maximised and no details are missed.
Being ahead of the curve by developing these soft skills will help you stand out to employers, both now and in the future. Combined with digital literacy and relevant technical skills, a solid soft-skills base will future-proof your career in the years ahead!