Why you should research skills in demand areas

Male helping female with her job search

When you’re looking for a job, it can be extremely beneficial to do your research.

Your research skills show how well you can find and understand relevant information related to a topic or task.

This is valued by many employers and are beneficial in all kinds of positions.

Job research

Employers sometimes find it difficult to find people with the right skills to do a particular job.

When not enough people have the skills to do a particular job, this is called a ‘skills in demand' area.

Understanding skills in demand can create opportunities for people looking for work.

By understanding the skills in demand in your area, you can work out what jobs are likely to be available.

Taking the time to discover what skills are being sought, or what industries are currently in demand is an effective strategy to finding ongoing work.

This targeted approach can make your job search shorter and you can gain experience in different workplaces.

Benefits of research skills

Improving your research skills requires self-motivation, which is another trait employers see as valuable.

According to Glassdoor, some examples of research skills in the workplace include:

  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Detail-orientation

If you want to improve your research skills, it can help to identify your objective, learn how to identify quality sources and practice good organisation.

There could be a course available with one of your local education providers to help you dive deeper and develop strategies which work for you.

Considering studying or relocating?

You can undertake study or training to help you gain the skills to work in a particular area.

We may be able to support you to do this study – speak with us for more information.

Or, if you want to work in a specific kind of job – and if you’re willing to relocate – you can find out where demand is high for that type of work and work out where you need to be living to improve your chances of getting that type of job.

You may also be eligible for relocation assistance to help cover the costs of moving for a job.

For information about the skills in demand, you can visit the Australian Government’s occupational skills shortage information by occupation, or you can visit the state-by-state list of skills shortages.