Mastering Skills-Based Hiring to Support Your Career Aspirations

Mastering Skills-Based Hiring to Support Your Career Aspirations

Are you a bachelor’s graduate of physiotherapy, nursing, dietetics, occupational therapy, speech therapy, or engineering (mechanical or civil)? 

Are you ambitious to build a career in Australia, particularly in growing sectors like aged care, disability care, dementia care, or early childhood education?

This series will guide you through the importance of skills-based hiring in today’s job market. Understanding this approach can significantly improve your chances of landing your dream role in Australia.

The Australian Advantage:

Australia faces a growing demand for skilled professionals in various sectors. This presents a fantastic opportunity for international graduates with the right skill set to build a fulfilling career. However, the traditional focus on qualifications and experience might limit your options.


Skills-Based Hiring: The New Frontier

The world of work is changing rapidly. Skills, not just degrees or job titles, are becoming the primary currency for securing employment. Skills-based hiring focuses on evaluating candidates based on their ability to perform the job, regardless of their background.


Why is Skills-Based Hiring Important for You?

  • Broader Opportunities: Focusing on skills opens doors to a wider range of job opportunities in Australia. This includes roles that may not perfectly align with your degree but where your transferable skills can be valuable.
  • Increased Visibility: Skills-based hiring reduces unconscious bias in recruitment. Your application will be judged based on your demonstrable skills, not your education or previous employer.
  • Faster Job Search: Skills-based resumes and cover letters highlight your relevant abilities, making it easier for potential employers to identify you as a strong candidate.
  • Future-Proofing Your Career: The job market is constantly evolving. Focusing on skills development ensures your qualifications remain relevant and in demand.


Key Takeaways for Graduates:

  • Identify Your Skills: Take stock of your technical skills (e.g., software proficiency, data analysis) and soft skills (e.g., communication, teamwork).
  • Align Skills with Australian Needs: Research the specific skills required for your desired role and industry in Australia. Websites like Job Outlook ( can help.
  • Develop Your Skillset: Consider pursuing professional development courses, certifications, or volunteer opportunities to refine your skills and gain relevant experience.
  • Highlight Skills in Applications: Tailor your resume and cover letter to showcase the skills required for the job you’re applying for.


Focus on In-Demand Skills for Australia:

Here are some in-demand skills for sectors like aged care, disability care, and early childhood education:

  • Technical Skills: First aid and CPR certification, relevant software proficiency (e.g., care management software), data analysis skills (becoming increasingly important)
  • Soft Skills: Communication, teamwork, empathy, problem-solving, cultural competency
  • Compliance Requirements: Working With Children Check, Working With Vulnerable People Check, Police Check, relevant vaccinations


Additional Resources – Investing in Your Future

  • Our unique MBA with double Australian certification offers a blend of action learning, cultural, and workplace-based competency certification at a fraction of the cost.  Start your MBA in Malaysia and complete it with an industry-based employability immersion work experience in Australia. 
  • Limited enrolments for the 2024 intake in July/August! Don’t miss your opportunity to pursue an international career pathway.  Enquire now to secure your spot! 
  • Stay tuned for future articles in this series that will delve deeper into specific skills and resources to help you thrive in the Australian job market.
  • Contact us now and explore your opportunities. 


By understanding and embracing skills-based hiring, you can take the first step towards a successful and rewarding career in Australia.

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Dr. Roy is the Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer and holds responsibility for the overall strategic management & leadership in achieving the graduate schools’ vision & goals. His own belief for lifelong learning, as well as his drive for business management excellence, has brought him to achieving his passion for being part of the postgraduate education sector in Malaysia.

Dr Roy Prasad

(Hon Professor) FInstAM 

MHRM (MY), Grad Mgt (AU)

Group Managing Director &
Chief Executive Officer

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