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Top 3 Skills You Need For Employment

Taking on a job in Australia as a non-native English speaker takes courage, and there are bound to be obstacles in your way before you secure a successful career.

Although it may be a challenging process, securing a new job can be highly rewarding for individuals who are willing to put in the effort and utilise their skills. In addition to the personal benefits, hiring a diverse range of employees can also contribute to a more inclusive and dynamic work culture across all industries.

If you have recently migrated to Australia or you aren’t fluent in English, here are the top skills you need before entering the workforce.


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1. Language, literacy, numeracy & digital skills

We refer to these as your ‘LLND skills’. In other words, your language, literacy, numeracy, and digital skills, which are essential for any working role. Even in their basic form, these will help you going forward in any industry.

Improving these skills can be especially beneficial if English is not your first language. Not only can this help you better understand how to use the language effectively in different professional settings, but it can also give you a better appreciation of the value of these skills in various workplaces. Some examples of where you may use these skills in a professional setting include:


How you effectively communicate with your team, clients, customers, and employers is crucial for any job, but even more so with specific roles, such as retail or hospitality employment.


Reading and writing are needed for administrative work, but good literacy will assist you in all workplaces no matter the industry.


In construction workplaces, you’ll need to know basic maths to add up materials and measurements or when working with any kind of data.


With technology improving day by day, it’s important to understand how computers and the internet function for your role.

Each of these skills is more valued in certain workplaces than others, but having a satisfactory level of them all will assist you greatly.


2. Confidence

It goes without saying that confidence is a crucial part of not only getting a job, but also advancing in your career successfully. 

Having confidence can also help you present yourself as a strong and capable candidate to future employers. When you are confident, you are more likely to communicate clearly and effectively. And confidence can help you stand out in a competitive job market and show that you are capable of handling the demands of the job. 

Your foundational skills, such as language and reading, are important. However, your confidence and how you present yourself to potential employers is something that is instantly recognised when businesses look for valuable employees.

By finding a team who can support you and build your confidence, you can improve your chances of landing your next role or increasing your experience.


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3. Teamwork & collaboration

Teamwork and collaboration are skills highly valued by employers. Being able to work well with others is a crucial skill in many fields, and ensures teams can share ideas, delegate tasks, and support one another in order to achieve common goals. 

Additionally, the ability to collaborate can help foster a positive work environment and improve morale among team members. Being able to demonstrate your ability to work well with others and show you have the skills necessary to succeed in a team setting will help you enter the workforce in Australia. Additionally, having experience working in a team can help you adapt to new environments and learn from others, which can be beneficial in your career and personal development.


Get the support you need

If your LLND skills are lacking, you can look at ways to reskill or upskill to help you find a new career or job. Discovering new ways to build your confidence by using your support networks will greatly improve your chances of finding a suitable role, and one of those ways is with the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) Program at NORTEC.


What is the SEE Program?

As an Australian Government program, the mission of the SEE program is to help eligible job seekers learn the skills they need to get the job they want, and it starts with helping people like you to achieve greatness through improving foundational skills. As a bonus, the addition of NORTEC Recruitment Solutions takes it a step further by helping you find a job after completing the program.

Catering to all job seekers requiring training in language, literacy, numeracy, and digital skills, the SEE Program wants you to succeed and be effective in the workforce. It’s the perfect first step for any non-native English speaker or migrant, providing you with highly accredited trainers and even flexible learning options to suit your lifestyle.




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