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JOBSEEKERS must show­case more than just their skills as em­ploy­ers also eval­u­ate can­di­dates’ core val­ues.

Work­ers with in­tegrity, com­mit­ment, ea­ger­ness and a good rep­u­ta­tion are in high de­mand across the in­dus­try spectrum. They are en­cour­aged to let these val­ues shine through on re­sumes and in in­ter­views as the num­ber of job ads will in­crease in the lead up to the spring hir­ing sea­son.

ANZ Aus­tralian Job Ad­ver­tise­ments re­search re­veals for the past two years, Septem­ber has recorded spikes in job ads – top­ping out at 159,981 in 2016 and 179,686 in 2017.

If this year fol­lows the same trend as last, ads will al­ready be ramp­ing up this month and next.

The Busi­ness Coun­cil of Aus­tralia’s guide to what em­ploy­ers want high­lights the val­ues and be­hav­iours most ex­pect of their work­ers. Val­ues in­clude hon­esty, re­spect, tol­er­ance, ac­count­abil­ity, con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment, knowl­edge and work ethic. Mean­while, be­hav­iours in­clude be­ing au­then­tic, glob­ally aware, self aware, re­silient, adapt­able, busi­ness-minded, col­lab­o­ra­tive, cus­tomer-fo­cused and flex­i­ble.

An­drew McSweeny, prin­ci­pal of real es­tate agency Ray White Ca­rina, says a long-last­ing ca­reer re­quires con­sis­tent core val­ues.

“Peo­ple are at­tracted to some­one who has per­formed well and acted well in the process,” he says. “The rep­u­ta­tion they bring with them is im­por­tant as well as their per­son­al­ity and value set.”

Troy Martin, re­gional vice pres­i­dent of ed­u­ca­tion com­pany In­struc­ture, says em­ploy­ers look for emo­tional in­tel­li­gence.

“While ro­bots can do a lot, one thing they are still un­able to achieve is read peo­ple the way hu­mans can,” he says. “Highly en­gaged can­di­dates who dis­play a com­mit­ment to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment and ca­reer own­er­ship will also stand out.

“Emo­tional in­tel­li­gence will be one of the key skills em­ploy­ers look for in em­ploy­ees, plac­ing strong em­pha­sis on hir­ing peo­ple who can man­age in­ter­per­sonal re­la­tion­ships with em­pa­thy.”

Adecco Group Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Rafael Moyano says young Aus­tralians must be adapt­able, self-con­fi­dent and ma­ture enough to ac­cept crit­i­cism with­out tak­ing it per­son­ally.

“Our 2018 CEO for One Month ap­pren­tice, Han­nah Mour­ney, was cho­sen not only be­cause of her am­bi­tions and in­tel­li­gence, but also due to her ex­tremely self-assured, en­gag­ing and re­silient na­ture, which are fun­da­men­tal traits of ef­fec­tive lead­ers to­day,” he says.

South­ern Cross Care SA and NT hu­man re­sources group man­ager Stephanie Mil­lard says it looks for em­ploy­ees who em­brace the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s core val­ues of care, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, cre­ativ­ity and team­work.

“They are the guid­ing prin­ci­ples that shape how we think and what we de­liver, be­cause we are pas­sion­ate about meet­ing the in­di­vid­ual needs of the peo­ple in our care and keep­ing them ac­tive for as long as pos­si­ble,” she says.

CON­SIS­TENT: An­drew McSweeny says core val­ues are key. Pic­ture: AAP/STEVE POHLNER

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