There's a lot of talk about employability in the recruitment community as competition for jobs in all sectors intensifies. But what does it mean?
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) gives the simplest and most accessible definition of employability in terms of skills: 'the skills almost everyone needs to do almost any job'. This is a great definition as far as it goes, although employability is not just about skills, it's also about capabilities or competencies: aptitude, attitude and behaviour.
Employability is not the same as subject knowledge, qualifications or specialist experience. A brilliant first degree, a PhD and a list of published papers on your CV may not be enough to secure a position. You have to be aware of what employers are looking for in any employee. And, you have to demonstrate that you are employable as a person, a team member and as a contributing member of the employer organisation.
Often, the problem is not that jobseekers in all sectors don't have employability skills and capabilities, but with so much emphasis on qualifications, particularly in the academic world, they are taken for granted or dismissed.
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