Employers' Insights for Job Seekers
What employers look for when hiring
The NSC conducts regular surveys of employers to understand their recruitment activity and experiences. As part of these surveys, employers have provided insights into what they look for when recruiting staff and the skills and attributes they require.
In general, employers focus on these 3 things:
According to the NSC employment projections (2020 to 2025) over 90% of new jobs to be created by 2025 are likely to require either relevant Vocational Education and Training (VET) or university qualifications.
2. Employability skills
NSC research shows that 75% of employers believe employability skills are just as important, if not more important, than technical skills when hiring. Job seekers can stand out from other candidates by highlighting their employability skills and demonstrating how they will assist the business.
Both paid work and volunteering can help build the skills needed in the workplace. Experience will also help build contacts and establish networks. Work experience also gives job seekers a better understanding of employer expectations and helps boost skills and confidence.
Recruitment methods used
The NSC Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey (REOS) collects information on the methods employers use to recruit staff. Understanding how employers recruit can improve a person’s chances of finding the right job for them. Employers often use more than one method to advertise their vacancies.
Source: REOS Recruitment methods
Using data from the National Skills Commission and a range of other sources, the NSC has developed information and resources to assist those navigating the jobs market. This includes research and advice for: job seekers, including those who may face barriers in their search for work; job and community providers; career and education professionals; and governments providing programs and policy support.