Transferable skills can help you to change your career
Why are transferable skills important? Why are they being spoken about so often lately? What are they, and how can they help me?
If you’ve asked yourself these questions recently, then hopefully we can help answer them for you.
What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are abilities that you can use in most roles and which you have accumulated throughout your life. They can be abilities that are taken for granted, but future employers will look at them as an essential part of positions they are trying to fill.
These attributes continue to develop throughout your career and can be “hard” or “soft” skills, transferable to each role undertaken. Your proficiency in each and their relevancy to an occupation are important, and they can help to prove your competency.
Why are they important?
Having a varied set of transferable skills usually shows that you have greater flexibility. This can be invaluable to employers who need a person who can cope with multiple demands on any given day.
The more diversity you can show as an applicant, the more potential employers will be interested in speaking to you. Your work and life experiences all count as transferable skills, many of which can be put to good use in most roles.
The very essence of a transferable skill means it can be taken with you when you change roles. They will improve exponentially throughout your life whilst also adding new competencies with each position you take.
The top 5 transferable skills
This is essentially the ability to understand how to plan for the future of a business. It is about knowledge of a sector and defining how you will reach business goals within that market. Understanding how to build a strategy and put it into practice is beneficial across a huge number of roles. Whether you work in Marketing, Sales, or Finance the ability to disseminate data and plan effectively is a crucial skill.
The ability to manage your time effectively is another indispensable skill that should ensure you are a productive employee. Being able to plan your day capably and identify the order in which tasks should be completed will improve efficiency immensely. This is a key skill that any business will be on the lookout for.
The four primary communication skills that any business will look for in a potential employee are:
Verbal skills – Essentially what you say and how you say it and how your tone of voice will be perceived. This also includes your body language and facial expressions.
Listening skills — Not just listening but listening to understand. Taking on board the speaker’s arguments and concerns and being able to formulate a concise response.
Writing skills — Having clear written communication is essential for success in any professional career. Having great vocabulary and grammar are universal writing skills.
Public Speaking — The ability to speak clearly in front of others will help you progress your career immeasurably. As will being able to build great slide shows, answer questions and defend your arguments.
Team WorkMost roles will have an aspect where you will be expected to work as part of a team. Exhibiting your ability to work with others will help to reassure a potential employer that you will offer a valuable contribution. Being a good team player shows you are happy to muck in when the going gets tough, whether there is any personal gain to be had.
Being an effective leader can go hand in hand with teamwork. Being able to put your hand up in a situation and solve a problem by driving the group forward is a key leadership trait.
Other leadership traits are the ability to delegate, plan, coordinate resolve problems and implement decisions.
You don’t have to be a Manager to be a Leader but by becoming a Leader you stand more chance of becoming a Manager.
If you are looking to change career for whatever reason then I would suggest having a look at the Careershifters site to help you get started. They have a wealth of information to help you navigate the best ways to go.
Alternatively, why not have a look at the current roles we have advertised on our vacancies page? Your next role might just be waiting for your there!
Will automation in the form of programmatic recruitment advertising take over the way we promote jobs?
At Net-Recruit, we are always discovering ways to attract the best candidates to the roles we advertise for our clients. This year, despite all that is going on in the world, is no different. Over the last few months, we have delved into some innovative ways the future of recruitment advertising might look. So, what is programmatic recruitment advertising?
Targeted advertising is one initiative we’ve examined which we think will play an ever more prominent role in the industry. Obviously, if you’ve written a great job advertisement then it should already be targeted to the type of person your client is looking for, but then what?
Using job boards, you are relying on applicants using that site at the time your ad is live. You then need them to use the correct search terms for your advertisement to be seen.
Surely a better way of reaching potential candidates is to serve your advertisement directly to them no matter where they are on the internet?
This is where targeted job ad’s come in. To make things even easier for the recruiter, where and how the adverts are served to the potential candidates, can be automated in the form of programmatic recruitment advertising.
James Whitelock of Think In Circles discussed this in his excellent blog, which is well worth a read.
Programmatic advertising will take away a lot of the hard work in finding potential candidates.
Programmatic advertising itself is not a new thing, having been used successfully for years in other sectors. It works because it ensures products are seen by a defined target audience based on a pre-identified set of factors.
These factors will include Gender, Age, Interests, Online Habits or Behaviours, and the type of device on which they access the internet. This is great for recruiters as it means they can spend their budget on exactly the type of person they need to fill a specific role with little wastage.
The bidding process works by only ever spending marginally more than the next highest bid which cuts overspend dramatically. You can also set your maximum click-through rate and a maximum number of impressions, giving you complete control.
Why will it be the future?
Programmatic advertising will be an important future resource by allowing for currently repetitive tasks to be automated. By targeting applicants using defined data, setting a budget, and tweaking the campaign throughout, you should ensure great results.
It will allow you to identify when and where potential applicants are most active. It changes you as an advertiser from hoping to be sought to doing the seeking.
Vacancies will also have a greater chance of being seen by passive job seekers. Those not currently in the market but like what they see enough to enquire about the role in question.
This, of course, depends on the quality of the visuals and message therein to make this happen.
This is where a recruitment company like Net-Recruit will come into play. With over fifteen years of experience in the recruitment advertising sector, we know what makes a good advertisement.
We have exceptionally good partners in the creative, job board, and advertising industries to ensure that if you place your recruitment campaign with us, you will find the absolute best candidates on time and to budget.
If you’d like to discuss how we can help you with your next recruitment campaign, please click here
Will a fake commute help you start the working day?
I hope you are well and are not too impacted by the new Covid rules? At the moment it might not seem like there is an end in sight to all of this, but hopefully, it won’t be too long now before we are able to start thinking about returning to something like normality. For most people, this can’t come soon enough.
Although this seems to be the case in the main, one of the things I have found surprising whilst talking with different people over the last few months is that for a few at least, there seems to be a longing for a return to the office and the commute that comes with it.
Speaking as someone who has worked from home for over seven years now, I find this very odd indeed, mainly because, although I most certainly miss the office chat, I definitely do not miss the commute, not one little bit.
This dilemma is quite close to home for us here at Net-Recruit as it has directly affected one of our colleagues, who is now seriously fed up with the lack of a change of scenery that working from home inevitably brings.
Judging by this recent article in Stylist magazine, they aren’t the only ones either.
Fake commuting, is it for you?
The idea of a structured start to the day, and the distinct difference between work and home, and that period of time during the commute where they mentally change their state of mind for the working day, is much more important to them than the idea of being able to take their time in the morning and not worry about getting dressed into something appropriate for the office or to have to be out of the house at a particular time.
To try to combat these feelings, our colleague has started to structure their day in the same way they would have done if 2020 had been a completely normal year. However, instead of journeying to the office they now leave the house for a walk with a brew in hand on their fake commute. According to them, this clears their head so that when they arrive back home after twenty minutes, they are ready for the working day and all it can throw at them.
Only time will tell if this has the effect they are looking for in the long term, but it appears to be helping get them set for the day so far, which can only be good news.
It would be great to hear any of your thoughts on the fake commute idea or any other ways you have found that help you cope with the marked change in circumstances in which the whole world finds itself, you can get in touch here.
A free to attend series of events with over 200 returning delegates, this recruiting conference fuses an array of networking opportunities together with a selection of 20-minute keynote presentations from industry experts.
Boasting a perfectly balanced agenda which combines peer-to-peer networking with knowledge providing and tool sharing sessions, there is a lot be taken from this recruiting conference. Delegates from all aspects of the recruitment and HR professions will gather to attend talks from award-winning speakers from companies such as House of Fraser, Mencap and Coca-cola.
The only Online Recruitment focused conference you’ll need to attend this year! Anyone worth their salt will be at the Grange on the 12th July. Crammed packed with talks, demos and networking events to help you stay on top of the game. We can’t recommend this one highly enough!
The Grange City Hotel, London – 12 July, 2016
If you think we missed any must-attend recruitment conferences, be sure to share in the comments below.
We’re excited to announce that out very own Les Warburton (Director) and Andrew Chesworth (Sales Manager) will be attending The Business Show 2015.
Labelled as “The Fastest Growing Business Exhibition in Europe”, The two-day event is set to attract more than 25,000 businesses who attend with the primary agenda of improving and expanding their business. Click here for more information and to find out more about our stand number.
The event is a great opportunity for you to attend 14 free Recruiter Training Sessions and 28 free seminars from leading experts in the recruitment industry. If you are in the recruitment business, this is the place to be!
Meet with top industry suppliers, discover new innovate products and services, whilst getting the chance to meet with your industry colleagues.
Over 100 exhibitors
FREE Seminars covering the hottest topics in the industry
Host of exhibitor presentations & demonstrations
Learn about the latest developments in the sector
Stay ahead of your competition; learn about the latest innovations in the recruitment industry and new technology to help your business to become more profitable
2nd October 2013: 10:00 – 17:30
3rd October 2013: 10:00 – 16:30
National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT Website