So, what do employers want?

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The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is an industry association of the CEOs of over 100 of Australia's biggest corporations. They recently published advice for job seekers called ‘Being Work Ready: A Guide to What Employers Want’.

The guide breaks down the key values, behaviours and skills that employers look for when recruiting, such as:


  • Accountability – accepting responsibility for your own actions
  • Honesty – being trustworthy, fair and sincere
  • Respect – taking into account other people's feelings, wishes or rights
  • Work ethic – being diligent and committed to the business


  • Adaptable – being open to new ideas and proactively changing the way you work to suit new situations
  • Business-minded – understanding that every worker plays an important role in, and is responsible for, the success of a business
  • Self-aware – understand your strengths and recognise the areas in which you can improve
  • Resilient – bounce back when things don’t go as planned


  • Problem solving – you are able to find solutions to a range of issues and challenges
  • Technical skills – these are specific to a role and may require formal qualifications.

The guide can help you to get a better understanding of the personal traits and skills you need to demonstrate in your job application, during a job interview and on the job.

View the guide at

The BCA website also contains a YouTube video and animated presentation (VideoScribe), which explain the key concepts in the guide and why work readiness is important to business.

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