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
Online recruitment, otherwise known as web-based recruitment or e-recruitment is gaining popularity not only among employers, but also amongst jobseekers. Whether you are an employer or a jobseeker, you will experience many benefits of online recruitment as compared to traditional recruitment methods. These are some of the benefits of e-recruitment…
Quick recruitment process
Online recruitment is much faster than any other method of recruitment. This is because the vacancy advertisement is viewed as soon as you post it. On the other hand, if you are a jobseeker, you can send your CV immediately. The process of interviewing prospective employees can then start in a few hours. It is possible to finish the hiring process within the same day.
Lower cost of recruitment
There will naturally be some fees involved, but if you recruit through the web, you can save as much as 90% of the cost as compared to using print media. I think this fact sells the merits of online recruitment on its own!
One of the benefits of online recruitment is that you don’t have to be an IT specialist to post or apply for a job vacancy. All you need as an employer is the job description, internet connection and the time to do it. For jobseekers, most job boards are user friendly and you won’t find any difficulty browsing through the job advertisements.
An increasing number of people are turning to the internet to look for jobs. Age is no longer a limitation as many people can do the simple stuff online. This means that when you use online recruitment to fill job vacancies, you are likely to get the best match for the job because of the wide audience reached by your job advertisement.
Easy access to job advertisements
If you are a job seeker, you will find several jobs that you can fit into from the internet. These are jobs that you may not have known about because they have not been advertised anywhere else. You can then apply for them immediately. Posting your CV online also gives you the chance to be contacted by employers who are looking for your expertise.
Being an employer, you can perform all the required activities from the same location. You can post the vacancy advertisements, receive CVs from job applicants and screen them before contacting the chosen candidates all from the comfort of your office. For jobseekers, tracking the progress of your application can also be done from your workspace.
Make offers confidentiality
Some jobs are too sensitive to be advertised online. In such cases, you can search the database for prospective employees and contact them without posting a job advertisement. Alternatively, you can post the job advertisement without giving the name of the company. As a jobseeker, you can also post your CV online without mentioning your name or that of your current employer.
With these benefits of online recruitment, you are sure to find your dream job or the right employee if you embrace this technological advancement.
Take it a step further…
If you are in charge of a recruitment operation and the above benefits sound appealing to you but you don’t have the time to manage an online recruitment campaign, then why not let the experts give you a hand? Here at Net Recruit we are a founding father of the online flat fee recruitment industry. We’ve been helping HR managers and businesses recruit staff this way since 2005. Find out more about how we can help run your online recruitment campaign in 5 simple steps.