Gain the skills employers look for 

Employability skills, also known as ‘soft skills’, are what employers look for when choosing between candidates for a particular job.

Employability skills are personal attributes and abilities that allow you to function and perform well in the workplace. 
When you apply for jobs, these are the things that will set you apart from other applicants with a similar level of experience and qualifications as you.

So on your path to finding employment, working on improving these skills can be as valuable as gaining industry-specific skills.

person completing work experience placement

How to grow your employability skills

There are many ways you can grow your soft skills and attributes to make yourself more attractive to employers. This might include volunteering and participating in a local community group or undertaking work experience. 

Undertaking these kinds of opportunities allows you to gain experiences that naturally improve your skills and are a positive addition to your resume. 

The skills you can gain include:

  • A high level of motivation and positive attitude
  • Good personal presentation
  • The ability to work in a team
  • The ability to communicate well
  • Self-confidence
  • Organisational skills
  • Valuing and respecting people from diverse backgrounds
  • The ability to think clearly during times of stress.

Next steps

There are different ways to gain employability skills. You might do some volunteering, sign up to youth Jobs PaTH or take part in a Work for the Dole activity.

Youth Jobs PaTH

Employability Skills Taining is part of the PaTH program. You can learn more about the program above or talk to your employment consultant.

Industry Skills Training

Employability skills combined with practical experience of an industry can help strengthen your job applications for work. Learn more about our courses.