Plus: How to Perfect Them and Secure Your Dream Job in 2021


After interviewing more than 500 job seekers across Newcastle, The Central Coast and Metro Sydney over the past 12 months, I have identified the number 1 reason people fail to land their dream job:

They focus on things that are important to them, rather than the things that matter to ALL employers – the kind of things they want to see on your resume and hear during your first interview.

So why do so many job seekers get it wrong?

Put simply it’s not always easy to get the answers to the test you’re about to face.

But here’s the crazy part…

Whether they be the owner of a business advisory firm wanting to onboard a new accountant, the principal of a Newcastle based real estate agency on the lookout for their next gun agent, or the head of a Central Coast financial advice practice looking for an experienced financial planner – in my experience working with employers in the Newcastle, Central Coast and metro Sydney, the wants of all employers are so incredibly similar…

Employers want to employ people with great skills.

So, before you hit send on that next job application, or head into the first interview unprepared, check out the 8 most valued skills all employers are prioritising right now. As a bonus I’ve included some tips on how you can perfect them as you work towards landing your dream job in 2021.

1. Effective Communication Skills

Communication includes everything from emails to being able to speak to your colleagues in a clear, effective way. Effective communication saves time and effort, whilst also making sure everyone in the team is on the same page. Clear and open communication is becoming increasingly important as working from home becomes part of ‘the new norm’.

Looking to improve your communication skills? Check out these three tips from Grammarly, the leading online communications and writing assistant.

2. Leadership skills

Even if you aren’t applying for a leadership or management role, leadership skills are always desired. Your ability to lead a team or train a new employee adds value to you as an applicant and can highlight your future potential.

The former CEO and Chairman of General Electric, Jack Welch, is without a doubt one of the greatest leaders of our time. Watch this video where Jack Welch shares his top leadership lessons.

3. Teamwork skills

The ability to collaborate is crucial in the workplace. In interviews, I hear employers ask about teamwork and people skills all the time. And fair enough! They want to know you are going to be a good fit for their team, and that you can work well with everybody you meet.

After all teamwork makes the dream work!

Want to know how to become the perfect team player? Author Patrick Lencioni, described by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most in demand speakers in America,” reveals how you can become the perfect team player in his TEDx Talk.

4. Self-management

While this has always been important, in the current climate, employers are moving self-management abilities even higher up on the priority list. Your ability to self-manage saves time and stress for employers and managers. In any role, you will often need to be proactive and work on your own to get the job done. It’s important for your new boss to see that you have the drive and self-management abilities to do this.

Keen to improve your proactive mindset and productivity? Watch one of the top educational videos on self-management and learn ‘The Secrets of Being Proactive’.

5. Interpersonal skills

Interpersonal skills allow you to interact with those around you – especially important if you are going to be working directly with clients. Employers want to know that you have the skills to develop and nurture good relationships with colleagues and customers.

Discover how you can improve your interpersonal skills by listening to Judy Apps ‘How Your Voice Touches Others’ TED Talk.

6. Organisational skills

Benjamin Franklin once said:

“For every minute spent organising, an hour is earned.”


And he could not have been more right. Organisational skills are always highly valued, and always will be. Organised, attentive employees are vital to productivity and to attaining company goals.

The top entrepreneurs of our time are some of the most organised and you can learn how they do it by checking out this article.

7. IT skills

This doesn’t mean you have to be an Excel expert or know how to use website programs that you’ve never heard of before. But, promoting the computer-based skills that you do have can help you stand out. Specifically, try to promote job-specific computer and software knowledge that will be useful to the job you are applying for.

LinkedIn has a range of short courses on computer skills where you can learn some new tricks and even add them to your profile!

8. Time Management skills

The ability to manage your time is key to meeting deadlines and working effectively. Good time management allows you to get more done and prioritise those activities that are urgent. It also allows you to work in, and promote a stress-free environment, which is not only good for you but good for those around you too.

Find out how you can multiply your time with New York Times Bestselling author, Rory Vaden and his free online training module.


If you are on the hunt for your next job, keep these top eight skills in mind, and take the steps to perfect your skills so you can wow your future employer.

Coastal Recruitment Group are the leading boutique recruitment agency across Newcastle, the Central Coast and Sydney, focusing on finding the perfect position for you. Our Recruitment Specialists have the experience, contacts and knowledge to match you to your perfect job without all the usual stress.

If you are ready to progress your career, check out our current advertised positions, contact me on LinkedIn or send through your resume to




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