Job Jumpstart | Part 2: What Do Employers Want?


What Do Employers Want?


Whether you’re in high school, finishing up a course or certificate, or simply thinking about what’s next, this three part video series from Job Jumpstart is here to help you take the next step.

Part two is all about what employers want. Watch and find out how to use your skills from school, work and life to impress prospective employers and nail your next interview.

Here’s a few ways to get the ball rolling…

  • Think about how your previous experiences have given you relevant skills. Skills aren’t just learnt at school  – there’s a lot to be learnt from every part time job, internship and hobby you have! These are called employability or enterprise skills and you can learn all about them here.
  • Get to know your strengths. Are you a good communicator? Are you super organised? Compassionate? Punctual? These kind of skills can speak louder than your qualifications. Learn more by watching Part 1 or checking out this article.
  • Make sure you connect  the skills you have to the job you’re applying for. Position your strengths in a way that is relevant to the role. For example, you might not have cash handling experience needed for a retail job but you may have great maths or organisational skills that are equally important. You can work through this resource to see how your skills match the jobs you’re looking for.
  • Do your research. Google your future boss, the company history and their goals, then sprinkle these nuggets of knowledge in your interview. It’ll show you’ve gone above and beyond to get prepared. Check out this article for tips on researching employers.
  • Haven’t been employed before? Don’t stress, we all have to start somewhere and just because you don’t have ‘on the job’ experience doesn’t mean you aren’t right for the role. Read about how you can use your unpaid work experience to get a job.
  • Tailor your résumé and cover letter. Don’t send every employer the exact same application, it’ll be obvious to them and it won’t win you any favours. Instead think about how you can make your application unique to each position.


FYA has teamed up with the Department of Jobs and Small Business to support young Australians searching for jobs. The Job Jumpstart website provides information and resources to help young people build their employability skills and develop an understanding of career pathways.

Want to learn more?

Head over to the Job Jumpstart website and check out the awesome collection of tools and resources designed to help you kickstart your career and get you ready for the world of work.