What Employers Really Want?

What Employers Really Want?

In 2000, Mel Gibson starred in a movie called, “What Women Want.” This somehow inspired this blog, “What Employers Really Want.”

You don’t need to be electrocuted by a hairdryer to get the abilities like Mel Gibson in the movie. You can get away by reading this article.

The funny thing about the recruiting process is that if you read job ads, you’d think that employers are strictly looking for people with very specific types of experience. That’s all you can see in a job and bullet points with “Essential Requirements” which can make any graduate nervous.

Once you get to a job interview, though, the whole picture changes.

What is it exactly that the employers in Australia are looking for when hiring new talent?

As a fresh graduate or someone who is just starting out, what skills will make you stand out from the rest of the applicants?

And besides the educational qualifications and technical skills, which skills give you an edge?

A new report, titled AAGE Employer Survey 2020 by AAGE and McCrindle has got the answers. The report points out the top competencies assessed by Hiring managers in Australia at the moment.

1. Communication Skills

Communication skills are needed to speak appropriately with a wide variety of people whilst maintaining good eye contact, demonstrate a varied vocabulary and tailor your language to your audience, listen effectively, present your ideas appropriately, write clearly and concisely, and work well in a group. Many of these are essential skills that most employers seek.

As your career progresses, the importance of communication skills increases; the ability to speak, listen, question and write with clarity and conciseness are essential for most managers and leaders

2. Teamwork

Good teamwork means a synergistic way of working with each person committed and working towards a shared goal. It is therefore a necessity for recruiters that candidates should have the ability to work with a team if they are to steer a company toward success in the future.

3. Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are the skills we use every day when we communicate and interact with other people, both individually and in groups. They include a wide range of skills, but particularly communication skills such as listening and effective speaking. They also include the ability to control and manage your emotions

4. Initiative and enterprise

Initiative and enterprise are important skills to help develop new and better opportunities within your work. Being able to recognize a need to improve something is a valuable skill for making your work more productive. Being enterprising goes beyond normal effort; it means showing your enthusiasm to see your ideas into reality.

5. Resilience

Resilience at work is now recognised as a defining characteristic of employees who deal well with the stresses and strains of the modern workplace.

Resilience is a person’s capacity to respond to pressure and the demands of daily life. Dictionary definitions include concepts like flexibility suppleness, durability, strength, speed of recovery, and buoyancy. In short, resiliency affects our ability to ‘bounce back’.

Unfortunately, a University education doesn’t teach all these skills.

GradVantage bridges the gap between university certification and what employers really want. GradVantage specialise in getting fresh graduates ready for the most in-demand cloud careers. The programs give you a unique combination of :

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  • Interview prep
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  • “Demo Day” to potential hiring companies

Like the movie, “What Women Want,” this article covered, “What Employers Want. Now it’s the time to take action on the insights.

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