1 Way to Improve Your Employability

Thursday 4 April, 2013
Is this you? Match your skills to a job More and more research* is beginning to show that employers are focusing upon job titles instead of looking at candidate's skill sets. This is indicative of businesses preferring to wait and hire the 'perfect' job seeker, as opposed to hiring a good candidate who needs some on the job training. Perhaps this is also why we have seen an increase in the number of 457 visas being used in Australia, as employers get choosy about their employees. The problem with hanging out for the illusive 'perfect' candidate is that it does not allow for the employee to adapt or grow within the company. It is extremely rare that a new employee will be able to add value to the company from day 1. How OneShift helps It is certainly my perspective that it is better to find candidates with the right skills set rather than a fancy job title. It's not always easy for job seekers to market themselves effectively and this is where OneShift can step in to help make things a little easier. By allowing job seekers and businesses to create profiles it simplifies the employment process by matching skill sets - not just people. It is no longer sufficient to merely redo your resume in the hope of finding a job. It is becoming increasingly important in our digital world to engage online and be active when dealing with employers and recruiters. The most common way of doing this is by creating an online profile containing your skills, experience and a few pictures or videos of yourself. Next step is to use that information to connect with other job seekers and employers in one large network. The hardest part about successfully getting a job is securing that interview, and this is what OneShift hopes to make easier by facilitating an online profile and connecting people with the requisite skills and desirability. The future Australia is a unique job market. Not only do we have an increasingly high proportion of part-time and casual workers, but our pay scales are very high by international standards. This means that in the future businesses will become increasingly choosy about who they engage in their business, particularly for small businesses (Australia's largest group of employers). Where a small business may have had 3 or 4 staff, in the future I predict that will be reduced to 2 to 3 as productivity doesn't keep up with wage increases. Given the future potential for a reduction in jobs, it's increasingly important that job seekers and businesses engage with dating style employment networks such as OneShift to find the right skills instead of the right titles. *Ambition Market Trends Report for 2012
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