The 5 skills employers seek (and how to show them)

2. Confidence using technology
Being technologically literate has been important for many years, but many organisations suddenly had to implement new technologies during the pandemic. “To stay relevant, companies across all industries are seeking tech-savvy professionals,” says , a Director at a lead Recruitment in Australia.

“Familiarity with tools such as teleconferencing, collaboration platforms, file sharing, remote learning and the ability to organise and deliver virtual events are now essential for many.”

How to show your aptitude for technology
Because technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, make sure you can demonstrate that your knowledge and skills are up to date. In an interview or application, identify how you use different technologies and how they assist your work (e.g. boost productivity, support teamwork or help streamline communication).

3. Agility
The pandemic showed us that the world can change dramatically and very quickly. When employers brought in different strategies to ensure their businesses were sustainable, they needed adaptable and agile employees.

“Hiring managers are looking for employees who can be productive in an environment without necessarily having a blueprint, road map or written process to follow.”

4. How to demonstrate your agility
Teams and roles have undergone a lot of change, so mention how you’ve raised your hand for projects and tasks that are not necessarily part of your job scope “That’s a great way to highlight you’re a team player who adapts easily to change,’ states the Managing Director.

5. Proactivity
Hiring managers are looking for employees who are proactive and have taken initiative in learning new skills or seeking out new opportunities. As it turns out, 42% of Australians learned new skills in 2020 that they would not have if it wasn’t for COVID-19.

How to show that you’re proactive
“In an interview, I’d be keen to hear about your achievements separate from your job description,” states the Managing Director of a leading New Zealand Recruitment Agency.

“For example, did you pick up any extra projects or tasks during lockdown? What did you achieve during your down time? Being able to articulate this gives me an understanding that you didn’t retreat from work during the pandemic, but rather you made an attempt to be energetic and upbeat during a tough situation.”

6. Emotional intelligence
Having the ability to understand, manage and express your emotions is another key skill. In turbulent times, it’s crucial that companies have employees who can respond appropriately to the emotions of others – whether it’s their manager, colleagues, clients or customers.

“Being self-aware and able to connect with others are qualities that will help you land a job and grow your career,” states the Director of a leading Recruitment company in Australia.