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Improving employment prospects by promoting soft skills

Improving employment prospects by promoting soft skills

Including your soft skills on a resume is an important part of the application process.

Queenslanders nearing the completion of school-based apprenticeships will no doubt be weighing up options about their career paths.

One of the benefits of an apprenticeship or trainee program is the potential job opportunities that may arise at the completion of it.

However, if you are nearing the finish of your training program and anticipate joining the job hunt, there are some key considerations to keep in mind when preparing your resume.

The skill set you have learnt through your vocational training will be invaluable to your next potential job, however some may seem more apparent than others.

If you completed a plumbing apprenticeship for example, it is obvious that you will need to include in your CV all your developed skills applicable to the trade.

Most jobseekers will include all the hard skills, these are the abilities which you have been taught and are generally easier defined, however soft skills can often be underestimated and left off a resume all together.

The latter are just important as your learnt abilities and give a prospective employer more of an insight into your personality and attitudes.

Less tangible than hard skills, examples of these personality-driven abilities include personal qualities, interpersonal skills and individual attitudes.

While your practical expertise are the clincher for a job, soft skills complement these and add to your overall impression as an employee candidate.

Most employers will be just as interested in your technical function of the job, as well as your personality and ability to fit into the workplace.

If you feel your personal development skills needs improving, short courses in soft skill training are offered by BUSY At Work Apprentice Solutions and can be very beneficial.

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