There are many different definitions of employability including:
‘Employability is the capability to move self-sufficiently within the labour market to realise potential through sustainable employment. For the individual, employability depends on the knowledge, skills and attitudes they possess, the way they use these assets and present them to employers and the context (personal circumstances and labour market environment) within which they seek work.’ (Hillage and Pollard, 1998)
They propose employability consists of four elements:
- employability assets (knowledge, skills, attitudes)
- deployment (career management skills)
- presentation (job getting skills, CV, interview technique, etc)
- personal circumstances (who you are, responsibility, labour market, etc).