By now you should know that employers value fundamental employability skills: communication, teamwork, problem solving, organisation, self-management and so on. You know that your resume has to display these skills for you to have a shot at the job, so you put a section like this on your resume:
- Problem solving
Unfortunately, listing skills like this on your resume is entirely pointless and will not impress anyone.
To understand why, watch a minute or two from these three videos.
Graduates in demand will be those who have not only a good academic record, but also the skills that enable them to readily adapt to change.
Graduates are entering a labour market that’s going through rapid change. New occupations, industries and markets are being created while many traditional areas are undergoing significant transformation. Even the way work is organised is changing. Graduates can expect to work in environments that involve multi-skilling and participation in multi-disciplinary teams, in a mix of full-time, part-time, casual, contract and project activities. Continue reading
Employability skills are the skills and capabilities that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations as they navigate their way through a dynamic labour market.
To be competitive, you will have to demonstrate to employers that you have the discipline-specific technical skills they require, as well as the broader range of employability skills. Your employability skills provide the link between your academic studies and graduate employment.