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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