The 6 Top Skills Employers Look for in Candidates

BY Julian Te |

As COVID slowly subdues in Australia, companies are keen for a fresh start. Fortunately, for students and graduates, that means new career development opportunities. However, during a time where everybody is on the hunt for their dream job, you have to stand out from your competition by having the right combination of skills.

With that in mind, let’s look at the 6 of the top skills employers are looking for in candidates.

Technical Skills 

It’s no surprise that technical, or computer, skills are a top requirement for businesses. With operating from home becoming the new normal for team members worldwide, you need to be computer literate and open to learning new applications quickly. Gone are the days where you would be able to skate by with basic skills, such as Excel and Word. Now, companies are looking for graduates with experience in using content management systems, organisational software, video-conferencing application, and, ideally, those who can code. 


Communication skills are so vital that they’ll feature on a list of top skills every year until the end of time; a graduate with impeccable communication skills will always be invaluable to companies - anywhere on the globe. Being able to communicate via a variety of mediums is a vital skill to have. Employers like to see that you’re not only able to present yourself well verbally but that you can articulate yourself through written communication too. 

Time Management

Teams across Australia are increasingly working remotely. Now companies have to trust that their employees can start on time and organise their day to ensure that they complete all their assigned tasks without having someone there, physically, to hold them accountable. 

Decision Making

If decision-making wasn’t something you considered your strong suit previously, it’s most definitely a skill you need to start developing. Companies want team members capable of critical and independent thought and decisive with the information at their disposal. With the marketplace becoming increasingly competitive, this skill will only become more valuable as we head into the future.


Managing yourself shows your employer that you’re capable of working effectively with little to no supervision. This makes their job easier, which they’re sure to appreciate, whilst also proving you’re an ideal candidate for additional responsibility in the future. Self-management includes not only managing your time, as mentioned above, but also being able to prioritise your tasks.


Now more than ever, adapting to all the challenges and last-minute changes that come with working remotely is crucially important. With the rapid rate of technological change and a constantly-evolving economy, it is difficult to predict the circumstances you’d be operating in. Now, in a post-pandemic world, the future is even more uncertain. However, one certain thing is that the team members that are willing to be the most adaptable will always be highly-prized by companies. 


Are you looking to boost your skills to be more attractive to potential employers? Do you need to develop additional skills to gain an edge over other graduates in an increasingly competitive job market? Then take a look at our Professional Internship Program.

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