The Business Council of Australia (BCA) is an industry association of CEOs from over 100 of Australia's biggest corporations.
BCA have 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. These include:
- 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 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.
This guide can help you get a better understanding of the personal traits and skills employers look for. You can demonstrate these traits to employers in your job application, during a job interview and on the job.
View the guide on the Business Council of Australia website.
The BCA website also contains a YouTube video and animated presentation (VideoScribe). They explain the key concepts in the guide and why work readiness is important to business.