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!
Recruitment, and how we do it, has undergone a seismic shift over the last 15 years. The lumbering dinosaurs of Recruitment Agencies no longer really have a safe home. Instead as the employment market has shifted in to the Digital Age, we need a different plan, one that works better in the 21st Century: Enter Flat Fee Recruitment.
A staggering 86% of candidates these days start their employment search by whipping out their smartphone and whilst we’re all getting up to speed on the techy world, it’s pretty much a race to the palm. Being visible, in someone’s palm, isn’t necessarily easy for the amount of other employers clamouring around you. It’s a noisy, busy, dog-eat-dog market place.
Flat Fee Recruitment is bridging the gap for savvy employers who once relied on Recruitment Agencies, and that worked very well, thank you very much. It’s bridging the gap for employers who know they need to shout to be heard in the online job market place but simply don’t have the time or resources to do so. Flat Fee Recruitment is there, taming the unwieldy animal that is the online job marketplace, bringing it under control, and nicely and neatly to your door. Taming this beast requires expert knowledge teamed with time and commitment: something most people looking to fill a vacancy simply don’t have.
However, Flat Fee Recruitment is a relatively new addition to your Recruiting Arsenal, and with change comes fear. But the cumbersome beast is what you should fear, not the Zookeeper themselves. Check out these Top 5 Ways that Flat Fee Recruitment Can Improve Your Hiring Success:
#1: Fill As Many Roles Per Vacancy As Possible In One Fell Swoop:
Those Recruitment Agency Dinosaurs were pretty harsh when it came to what you could expect. You may have needed 5 new graduates all to start in the same position, on the same career path, but they were damn well sure you were going to pay for each and every one of them. Flat Fee Recruitment turns this on its head and you pay for the campaign only, no matter how many of the same roles or same vacancies you have. Whether you need one sales executive or a brand new army, it’s Flat Fee. The idea is to draw in and attract as many suitable candidates for the vacancy as possible. Therefore if you end up with a bunch of candidates you love, they’re all yours, no quibbles, no extra cost.
#2: Expert Players of the Online Job Scene:
As we said, the online job marketplace is a noisy world. At any one time there are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs up for grabs. How do you get your humble ad to stand out from the crowd? It takes expert skill and knowledge that Flat Fee Recruiters have in abundance.
Candidates are a fickle bunch, on average using 18 different sources when searching for a job. They don’t have job board loyalty, they will flit and flight their way from link to link. Grasping their attention takes skill and dedication. Flat Fee Recruiters have honed the precise skills and knowledge to get your vacancy ‘out there’ with unparalleled access to the top boards: from CVLibrary to Total Jobs; JobTube to Career Builder; Fish4 Jobs to Monster – the best Flat Fee Recruiters are on them all.
Think of a Flat Fee Recruiter as a central high profile hub that attracts the best candidates before sending them out to you. In addition, a good Flat Fee Recruiter will monitor, develop and hone your campaign, checking its doing well. They will also choose industry specific job boards for maximum exposure.
#3: Say Goodbye to Smarmy Recruitment Executives:
We’ve all checked the caller display when we have a Recruitment Agency on board and suddenly discovered an emergency that requires our immediate attention away from our desk. Flat Fee Recruiters don’t need to work the schmoozing sales patter, they simply need to get on with the campaign in hand. They don’t need to be in your face, pushing you to accept a candidate in order for them to get their paycheque. Instead, what they do need to do is deliver. The result is that Flat Fee Recruiters are a different breed to the Recruitment Agencies personnel of old. They are professional, working on time and to budget.
#4: It’s Cheaper. Full Stop:
For a start you know what you’re getting. The fees are upfront and clear. No percentages, no placement fees. Just one clear cost with a defined outcome. This leaves your budget better placed for the important recruitment tasks such as employee training, as well as things such as benefit improvement.
#5: You Can Take a Pick n’ Mix Approach:
Whilst most Flat Fee Recruiters will offer one basic package, an excellent one will offer you a Pick n’ Mix of further Flat Fee services that allow you to choose which services you need. You can therefore keep your costs low whilst also creating a unique package tailored for your needs.
At Net Recruit we believe you should be in control of making your Recruitment Campaign exactly how you want it. Therefore, we offer Flat Fee Recruitment with a Campaign Builder Tool allowing you to choose from optional extras such as Advert Preparation (including optimising it for the web, of course); Telephone Screening; Interview Management; and Offer Management. This is on top of our basic package that screens and filters candidates, giving you the best on a plate.
Flat Fee Recruitment – The Recruitment Must Have
Flat Fee Recruitment can bring Employers the best of both worlds. The best parts of the old dinosaur Recruitment Agencies, mixed with the skills of the modern online job marketplace. Flat Fee Recruitment is designed to be cost effective, it does what it says on the tin. It reduces not only cost per hire, but also the time and resources you spend on recruitment too. At Net Recruit we’re Flat Fee Recruitment experts. We know our stuff, and we’re ready to bring you the best.
Everyone claims to listen to others; indeed, many people make such a statement and truly believe it. But how often are the complaints you hear about one person from another about their perceived inability to listen? Or, it may simply be an attitude problem. Equally, a lack of skills may be a cause; it’s amazing that we spend so much time teaching kids to speak, yet never to listen!
You might be wondering whether this recruitment blog post is aimed at those being interviewed or the people conducting such interviews. The answer is both. Let’s look first at some of the barriers to effective listening.
What gets in the way of serious listening?
There are two keys areas here: environment and attitude. The first should be dealt with quite easily. When effective online recruitment processes deliver candidates for a face-to-face interview, it should be held in a private place – sight and sound – with no interruptions. Sight is included here because a location where the outside can be seen, and can be seen into, easily distracts as much as any noise factors.
Moving on to attitude, the question could easily be: ‘Where do we begin?’ From the interviewer who doesn’t really want to be undertaking the role, to the individual who is simply seeking answers that confirm their beliefs, feelings or even prejudices, it’s an extremely large ball-park! For the interviewee, often nerves play a part, or an eagerness to be heard making what they consider to be the ‘right’ noises.
Each party to a recruitment interview should have a positive attitude to it, they should appreciate exactly what they want to achieve from it. A joint intent, if you like, is to achieve ‘matching’ – where a candidate for a position fits the bill, and that person sees the organisation as one they are keen to work for. Such an intent places clear responsibilities on both sets of shoulders.
Let’s sweat the small stuff
So far, we have focused on the bigger interview picture, its objectives and processes. Yet, as it progresses, interview listening is equally about recognising the smaller signals that are offered. It’s also worth remembering here that you should listen with your eyes just as much as your ears. Matching the attitude and behaviour to the actual words allows signals to be identified and acted upon.
Using these skills, you can start to identify ‘sort of’ answers – ones that obviously don’t tell the full picture. Here are some examples of phrases that highlight this: ‘I don’t usually…’ ‘Most times I would…’ ‘Well, it’s not normal for us to…’ and even ‘Well, I prefer to…’ If you were a police officer interviewing a suspect, these answers would be the dodgy alibi that needs to be fully checked! In interview situations, this doesn’t mean that people are being obtuse or deliberately misleading; it simply means that there is more of a story still to be told about this area or subject.
A complete post about listening skills in recruitment interview situations could probably be of Old Testament length. This one should help you to set an effective environment to enable listening, and also to be that little bit more aware of what is said – and may not be.
Here’s a controversial statement:
Interviews are scarier for interviewers than interviewees.
Not only do you have the responsibility of structuring the interview, knowing exactly what you want and bringing the best out of a candidate, you have some pretty tough decisions to make at the end of it. Life-changing decisions, in fact.
But, before you go into interviewer meltdown, here are some tips to make sure you are fully prepared for the task ahead.
1. Know your business.
Not just your job.
That moment at the end of every interview when you ask the candidate if they have any questions? Make sure you can answer them. Whatever they may be. What skills does the business need long-term? Be ready to spot talent and think outside the box. They may not be right for this precise role but if you know the entire business inside out, you will be in a position to refer them, develop them and potentially hire someone who has the ability to make an impact in a way you never thought possible. So, re-learn your business in the same way that your potential candidate will be learning it for the first time. And don’t get caught out.
2. The last minute CV print-out.
A cursory glance over a candidate’s CV five minutes before they walk in the room just isn’t going to cut it. Prepare for the interview in the same way your candidate will have. If they knew your name in advance, presume they have researched you on Linkedin (maybe on Facebook too, god forbid) and do the same back. That way you can tailor your questioning to a real understanding of that person, getting the most out of your time together. Remember, you are both on trial here.
3. Start as you mean to go on.
Make the beginning of the interview as positive as possible. Putting your candidate at ease is going to help you analyse their suitability far more easily than if they are stressed or on edge. So start by giving information, rather than with the hard questions. Talk a little about your role, the vacancy, how it fits in with the business as a whole. Make them feel excited about the position and ease them into questions based on your knowledge of their experience. Remember when you’ve been on the other side and make this interview memorable for the right reasons.
4. Be specific.
This is where your knowledge of the candidate’s experience will really come into play. Dig deeper into their CV. What did that project return for the business? How did they create company buy-in for that campaign? A good candidate with a robust CV will relish these opportunities to share their expertise and knowledge. A bad candidate will expose themselves. An easy decision for you.
5. Culture first.
The last thing you want to do is be responsible for bringing in ‘that guy’ to the business. The one that simply doesn’t fit in, is difficult to work with and, no matter how extensive their experience, just never feels part of the team. Leave time in the interview for finding out about the person behind the CV. What do they do out of work? Generic answers won’t do here, do a bit of digging, where were they last weekend? Does that resonate with how your business or department operates? It’s not just about do you like them: will they bring that something extra to your company that it needs? And, from their point of view, will this be an enjoyable place for them to work? Only you can answer that one…
We can help you prepare for the task of interviewing. Just give our team a call and we will talk you through the process from start to finish. Or follow us on twitter for more interviewer insights.