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What's hot in 2024? Your interpersonal skills

CSIRO study finds the demand for interpersonal skills in job ads has surged

The kids are finally back at school and it's time to start looking for your next role. It's an exciting challenge but can be completely overwhelming. If you find yourself wondering what skills you need to emphasise or develop as you dust off that resume, look no further because our friends at CSIRO have done the hard work for you. After filtering through  12 million job ads they uncovered a rising demand for strong interpersonal skills.

Communication and collaboration is key

In a study published by the CSIRO in Nature Human Behaviour, they found that Australian employers demand for strong interpersonal skills has accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic. Employers are looking for candidates with strong communication skills who can work well with others, and they found that this was a particularly desired skill for remote workers. 

You’d also be forgiven for thinking the rise of remote working arrangements might suit introverts or more independent workers. But the data shows working from home is not working alone. We observed job postings offering remote work were 1.2 times more likely to mention interpersonal skills than face-to-face roles


At the top of the list of interpersonal skills were strong communication and collaboration skills. Today's remote worker needs to be able to present information, advise and consult in partnership with their team. It's becoming a vital part of a modern work environment.

If you are looking for a new job this year, it's important to make sure that your resume promotes your soft transferable skills with a key focus on the way you communicate and how you work with others. Most importantly, you need to be prepared to demonstrate that in your interviews. 

These findings are also informative for the education and training sector. With employees placing these skills in high demand, it is important that organisations in the sector are prioritising interpersonal skills development. 

Working at CSIRO

As an employer, CSIRO also relies upon these skills across their organisation. One of their core values is Further Together which calls for the team to "listen and be collaborative as they embrace ambiguity and use discussion and persistence to generate unique solutions to complex problems." Flexibility is the norm at CSIRO and Further Together is an ingredient that helps their Balance program to allow employees to explore the possibilities that influence how, when, and where they work. 

If you are looking for a new challenge with an employer that truly understands flexibility, click the link and explore CSIRO's opportunities today.

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