Identify and harness your employability skills

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’.

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Employability skills include:

  • Communications
  • Team work
  • Problem-solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Learning and technology.

Career Planning

Our Career 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

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

  1. Keep your layout neat and simple, using headings and dot points
  2. Be concise and relevant
  3. Use clear, easy to read fonts and take care with spelling and grammar (always spell check)
  4. Give a snapshot of your employment history, highlighting your key strengths and achievements
  5. When outlining your key achievements, show potential employers how you would add value to their business
  6. Avoid using jargon, slang and abbreviations
  7. Do not exaggerate, always ensure you can verify the content
  8. Use the same words in the job advertisement or position description, in your resume
  9. Keep the resume to a length of no longer than 3 pages
  10. Develop a resume template with the basic information that you can adapt for each position you apply for.