What are 'employability skills'?
In addition to the formal qualifications you gain from a School, University, TAFE or through an apprenticeship or traineeship and the practical skills you gain through experience, potential employers are often interested in what they describe as ‘employability skills’.
Employability skills include:
Initiative and enterprise
Planning and organising
Learning and technology.
Our Jobs and Skills Centres - located in Albany, Kalgoorlie and Esperance - can provide a range of FREE services including:
Individual and/or group career guidance
Resume and job application assistance
Web based services
Computer assisted career guidance programs
Facilitated referrals to other services
Education, training & labour market information.
Work experience involves going into a business and learning about the world of work and provides the opportunity to practice your skills. It is generally a short term industry placement with a host employer.
Gain exposure to the ‘real’ world of work
Clarify your career goals and expectations
Find out how jobs tick ‘from the inside’
Improve your ‘employability’
Break the ‘can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without a job cycle
Build confidence in your skills and abilities and put your learned skills into practice
Develop useful industry contacts/ networks and referees.
10 tips to a well targeted resume
Keep your layout neat and simple, using headings and dot points
Be concise and relevant
Use clear, easy to read fonts and take care with spelling and grammar (always spell check)
Give a snapshot of your employment history, highlighting your key strengths and achievements
When outlining your key achievements, show potential employers how you would add value to their business
Avoid using jargon, slang and abbreviations
Do not exaggerate, always ensure you can verify the content
Use the same words in the job advertisement or position description, in your resume
Keep the resume to a length of no longer than 3 pages
Develop a resume template with the basic information that you can adapt for each position you apply for.