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.
Several recent surveys conducted by CareerBuilder.com have brought to light the severity of this problem for candidates who, perhaps, are unaware of how far reaching potential employers’ checks on the suitability of potential employees now are.
The rise of this “Social Media snooping” has it’s roots in a few different areas including employers becoming more savvy in terms of the type of person they wish to employ and also the fact that the recent recession has made the recruitment market place overcrowded; the knock on effect of which, is that, employers can now afford to be exceptionally picky when taking on new personnel.
As you can see from the headline figures below, there are now a large amount of companies who will use this type of pre-screening and, unfortunately, it will only increase with time.
The Social Media sites most commonly used to check up on candidates are, unsurprisingly, also the most well-known, with Facebook and LinkedIn leading the pack. Whilst it is common sense not to place unprofessional images or posts on LinkedIn it is the other forms of social media where the problems can arise. Unless your Facebook page profile is locked down to “friends only” then that hung-over post about not bothering with work today is seriously going to hamper your career goals.
The best way to avoid losing out on your dream job is, obviously, not to post anything incriminating on any site ever, but if living a monk like online existence is not for you then consider the most searched for activities, which are listed below, as no go areas.
Of course the other side of the coin is that if your online profile shows no sign of untoward behaviour then this can be a real help to you chances. The main reasons companies will take the time to check up on you are as follows.
Although a much rarer occurrence there is always the chance that a potential employers search on your Facebook page will lead to them seeing you in a much more favourable light. The figures below show that it is possible for you Social Media accounts to help you get the job you want.
To conclude, as mentioned earlier in this piece, Companies who are hiring are only ever going to increase their searches of Social Media as time progresses; so holding back on posting anything you wouldn’t want your Grandmother to see is probably the safest thing if you are looking at your next career move.
We all know how useful facebook can be for keeping in touch with friends, past and present. But the popular social network is fast proving itself as a powerful online recruitment tool. But how much do you really know about Facebook? Heres some interesting facts to help convince you about the potentials of advertising your candidate positions on facebook…
500 million users log into Facebook each day
With an audience that big, it’s hard not to target a pool of potential candidates who are likely to fill your vacancies. Another great aspect of this fact is that this figure was a 48% increase from the previous year. Also, more astonishingly over 223 million of these are from Europe which is great news for UK recruiters and HR managers.
The people who use facebook are between the ages of 25-34 This is the ideal age range for candidates who have graduated and gained a few years of much valued work experience in a relevant position, allowing them to further enhance their sector knowledge and skills.
Facebook users are… 47% male 53% female With quite a fair split of genders, you can obtain peace of mind that your facebook recruitment efforts will be seen by roughly the same amount of males and females.
Some other interesting facts about facebook:
The average time spent on Facebook is 20 minutes per visit.
80% of US social network users prefer to connect to brands through Facebook.
Ironically 8% of US companies have fired someone because of what they have posted on social media.
So can you afford to miss out with online recruitment via facebook? Net Recruit have been helping HR/business managers recruit staff online using facebook for several years with great success. Find out more about how it works>
*The facts and charts used in this article have been extracted from the free hubspot report “47 handy facebook stats and charts” – you can read the full findings of the report here>
Social media is everywhere these days, there is simply no avoiding it, some people may see this an an annoyance, but it also has it’s uses – one such use could be finding your next job a recent study revealed that 1 in 6 workers use social media to get hired…
We have compiled a collection of the best online recruitment tools available which you can start using right away to help you on your quest of obtaining your dream job. The tools we will be covering include twitter, facebook and LinkedIn.
Find a job using twitter
Twitter is commonly referred to as a micro-blogging platform which allows registered users to ‘tweet’ 140 character statuses to their followers and as of Tuesday 15 May 2012 the site had 10m users. Thus, making it an ideal place to scout for new vacancies and follow influential people within your industry.
One way to find a job using twitter can be to use the social networking site’s inbuilt search engine – try searching for the hashtag of your industry prepended by the word ‘jobs’ e.g. enter #manufacturing jobs or #manufacturingjobs and you will more than likely be served with dozens, if not hundred of the latest recruitment vacancies in your sector of interest.
If you already have your mind set on working for a particular company, you should follow them on twitter. It doesn’t cost a thing and provides you with an instant insight into their world and along with that you will be the first to hear about their latest news, updates and hopefully… vacancies.
There are also a number of third party websites which have been setup for the sole person of searching and filtering through twitters vast amount of tweets, helping you filter out only the relevant ones e.g by sector or location. A popular twitter job search site is – http://www.twitjobsearch.com/
Find a job using Facebook
Facebook is one of the worlds leading social networking site which enables people to connect with friends and others who work, study and live nearby. The most popular use for Facebook is to keep in touch with friends, post links and share photos with each other. But Facebook shouldn’t just be limited to social purposes, it can also be a useful tool for finding a job as recent studies suggest that 50% of job hunters in 2011 used facebook to find a job.
To get started with finding a job on facebook be sure to “Like” as many prospective companies from within your sector. By liking a company page, you are now exposed to recent news and job openings directly on your Facebook feed. Next, for this to work you need to start participating in conversations by commenting on interesting posts which will, in turn increase your visibility with employees at the company. Also, as the company shares their trends and happenings with you, you will begin to discover the company culture which can prove very advantageous when you decide to make formal contact with them or apply for a position within the company
Here’s a facebook infographic which highlights the studies mentioned above and helps to put things into greater perspective for you.
Find a job using LinkedIn
LinkedIn provides access to a large network of professionals and as of March 31, 2012 it had 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories. With such a large user base it can be a great way to connect with like minded professionals and their companies with the intention of finding your next job.
To begin your quest in finding a job on LinkedIn, start of by performing a search for/connecting with past and present employers, colleagues and clients – these newly connected contacts can a) be helpful when you require a reference and b) open up new connections and opportunities with potential employers.
So there you have it! The first steps you need to take to find a job using social media – good luck!
So here it is as promised…. part two in a new series of posts which aim to highlight lots of great and interesting content which we have discovered this week. Most of it will be of interest to recruitment managers and job candidates alike.
Of course this is only a small collection of the stuff we read, so to keep up to date with all the cool links we discover, simply follow us @Net_RecruitUK
Here at Net Recruit we love twitter, we’re always reading and re-tweeting the tweets that we like! Therefore, we have decided to start a new series of weekly posts which will collate some of the best recruitment and hr related tweets that we have read during the week.
We aim to highlight lots of great and interesting content which we have discovered, most of it will be of interest to recruitment managers and job candidates alike.
Of course this is only a small collection of the stuff we read, so to keep up to date with all the cool links we discover, simply follow us @Net_RecruitUK