What are employability skills?

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Employability skills are the essential skills, personal qualities and values that enable you to thrive in a new workplace.

These are also called ‘people skills’, 'communication skills' or ‘workplace skills'.

Employability skills include things like:

  • Good communication
  • Motivation and initiative
  • Leadership
  • Reliability/dependability
  • Following instructions
  • Team work
  • Patience
  • Adaptability
  • Emotional control
  • Resilience

You can build your employability skills through participation in:

  • paid work
  • unpaid work and volunteering
  • sport and other hobbies
  • community or other group activities.

All employers value these skills. In your job application you should highlight examples of when you demonstrated these skills. You should also explain how they make you the best candidate for the job.

Use our workbook ‘Profile your employability skills’ to learn more about these skills. This workbook also includes ideas of how you can include them in your job application to meet the employer’s needs.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.