January 28th, 2014

The Top 10 Skills Employers want from jobseekers

Occupation Outlook 2014 has been designed to be one of the first places for young people to look when considering possible career options and what their chances are of getting a job once they have finished studying. The report also lists the Top 10 Skills employers look for, which are:

  • communication skills
  • customer service skills – in person, on the phone, and online
  • ability to work well in a team
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • confidence in learning about and using computers and technology
  • planning and organisational skills
  • initiative and a can-do attitude
  • problem-solving skills
  • good work habits and independence
  • understanding of health and safety

The skills in the Top 10 list are all transferable, which means they are useful in a wide range of jobs and are not specific to any one occupation or field. So young people who do not have a lot of job-specific skills may already have transferable skills that can be used to market themselves to employers.

The report is structured with three dials for each occupation, showing likely income, fees and job prospects for young people. The dials have three possible settings – for income and fees: low, medium and high; and for job prospects: limited, fair and good. Below are the key points raised in industries that Competenz represents, as well as their associated page numbers within the Occupation Outlook 2014 report if you wish to read more: Welders (pg. 25) Job prospects for Welders are good and the study fees to become a welder are low. Many existing welders are nearing retirement, and rebuilding work in Canterbury has increased demand.

Joiners (pg. 15) There should be a big increase in demand for carpenters and joiners in the next few years because of the Canterbury rebuild and an increase in house building in Auckland. Outside of Auckland and Christchurch, more normal vacancy levels are expected.

Engineering Professionals (pg. 29) There is a shortage of engineering professionals in New Zealand, and new graduates are in high demand. Many engineering jobs are on Immigration New Zealand’s skill shortage lists; this means the government is encouraging engineering professionals to migrate to New Zealand. Civil, geotechnical and structural engineers are especially in demand due to the rebuilding of Christchurch. Note: Mechanical Engineering Trades is listed as a high projected growth occupation (pg. 10).

Sales Representatives (pg. 79) More than 54,000 people are employed as sales representatives, making it one of the most common jobs in New Zealand. The chances of getting a job are good and improving as retail sales recover.

Journalists (pg. 99) Chances of getting a job as a journalist are limited, as there are many people seeking work as journalists, but only a limited number of vacancies. Journalists often stay at their job for a long time, meaning there is less turnover and therefore fewer opportunities for new graduates.

An Occupation Outlook 2014 mobile app has also been launched which gives young people and their families instant and easy access to the latest career information. The app is available for unlimited downloads from App Store for iPhones and iPod touches, and Google Play store for Android devices.