The ‘three C’s’ to get you hired – and five ways to sell yourself the right way

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REVEALED: The ‘Three Cs’ To Remember That Will Get You Hired – And Five Ways To Sell Yourself The Right Way

  • An Australian psychologist has shared the three skills employers value most
  • According to Sabina Read, communication, collaboration and critical thinking are essential
  • Research shows that two out of five Australians are looking for a career switch
  • But most consider ‘technical skills’ to be higher than these ‘transferable skills’

Sabina Read (pictured) said communication, collaboration and critical thinking – are highly valued by employers

Australian psychologist Sabina Read has revealed the three most important skills that job hunters should have to increase their chances of hiring for a new position.

Ms. Read, resident psychologist at SEEK, said the ‘three Cs’ – communication, collaboration and critical thinking – are highly valued by employers but overlooked by job seekers.

SEEK research shows that two out of five (40 percent) Australians are currently looking for a career change – be it a new job or career advancement.

But nearly half of applicants tend to lack confidence and find technical skills of greater value.

According to SEEK, workplaces depend on collaboration and communication between employers to work effectively

According to SEEK, workplaces depend on collaboration and communication between employers to work effectively

According to SEEK, workplaces depend on collaboration and communication between employers to work effectively.

Critical thinking is needed to solve problems through analysis and to think about the best solutions.

These ‘transferable skills’ are often more valued by employers than technical skills, such as project management, personnel management and administrative skills.

Ms Read, once you have identified these transferable skills, it is essential to discuss them with confidence.

‘We often focus on the skills we don’t have instead of the ones we do have. So the next time you start an interview, think about all the transferable skills you have and be prepared to give examples of how you have put them into practice, ”Ms. Read said.

“This simple change in mindset can make a huge difference when it comes to confidence.”

Critical thinking is needed to solve problems through analysis and to think about the best solutions

Critical thinking is needed to solve problems through analysis and to think about the best solutions

Ms Read also said it is important to be prepared for the interview, provide examples of how you have used your skills and be confident in your abilities.

Elyssia Clark, SEEK’s Head of Customer Insights & Strategy added: “The best way to identify and demonstrate your transferable skills is to think about the different areas of your life in which you acquired skills.

They can be taken from work, education, volunteering, sports, travel and many other situations. In fact, our survey found that more than half (58%) of employers would hire someone without the right experience, if they have the right skills.

Once you have identified the different ways in which you acquired skills, think about how these skills can be transferred to your job – and remember to always include examples of how you have used these skills before.

SABINA READ’S JOB INTERVIEW TIPS:

1. Be prepared: Before your interview, think about your past experiences and what skills you have developed from them

2. Use job descriptions to guide your thinking: Search for job openings that appeal to you and list commonly mentioned transferable skills. Remember – there is little point in mentioning transferable skills that are irrelevant to your chosen job.

3. Don’t focus on the negatives: While a fair evaluation of our skills is necessary, it can sometimes lead to many transferable skills that you may have developed being overlooked

4. Provide examples of your transferable skills: By identifying specific examples, you can sell these skills as positive and relevant experiences and impress potential employers

5. Have confidence in your ability: Remember that experience isn’t everything when it comes to applying for jobs

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