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What are the employability skills?

There are seven skills that make up the ‘employability skills’. These are:

  • Positive attitude
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • Thinking skills
  • Teamwork
  • Willingness to learn
  • Resilience

For the te reo Māori translation, click here.

All of these can be learnt by doing activities not only in school but also outside of it. For example, playing for your local rugby team could help improve your teamwork, or joining a class to learn a new language could help with your willingness to learn.

You won't necessarily need all of these to get a job, but they will help prove to your employer the value you can bring to their business.

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Other basic skills

The employability skills, while important, aren’t the only ones employers might be looking for. Depending on the job, they might also require you to have other, more specific skills. For example, a restaurant hiring a chef would be looking for someone who has a talent for cooking and a really good understanding of food safety.

There are however a few basic skills employers often look for. These are:

  • Computing skills
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • A driving licence

How do I know what skills I have?

Depending on your interests and experience, you will have a different range of skills to most other people. Knowing which of them you have helps you when thinking about career options, and is also key to impressing employers and getting a job.

For more information on this, as well as other types of skills that can be useful in the workplace, check out our article on your skills and strengths by clicking on the link below.

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Key websites

  • has information on everything from how to apply for scholarships to writing CVs, helping you decide what career is right for you.