Transferable Skills

Some skills are company or role-specific, while others can be utilised in every role you do. Transferable skills develop throughout your career - know what they are and set targets for improving them to maximise your job progression.

Depending on the specific market and economic climate, the soft skills that will be key to driving business success will change. Not sure what soft skills are? Check out our quick breakdown below:

The most in-demand soft skills can also fluctuate massively between different industries and sectors. For the most part, however, there are some transferable soft skills that are key at all job levels. 

What are transferable skills?

Transferable skills are abilities and competencies that you can apply in various roles, industries, and contexts. These skills are not specific to any particular job or field and can be transferred from one job to another. Transferable skills are also known as soft skills or portable skills.

The most in-demand transferable skills:

1. Communication 

Effective communication is essential in any role. Make records of times when you overcame complex issues through clarifying things with colleagues. Future employers need to know that you are capable of explaining your thoughts to anybody in their company and also able to understand the viewpoints of others.

Check out our comprehensive breakdown on communication in the workplace and the DiSC model. 

2. Organisation and planning

Prioritisation of tasks and time management are key tactics of every job you will do. You need evidence of your administration skills to prove to your next interviewer that you will be able to perform to your full potential and excel in your role.

3. Motivation and enthusiasm

Your next employer is investing in you, so they need to see that you are enthusiastic about working and motivated in your career. So you want to make sure you're showing your enthusiasm throughout the hiring process. This is easiest during an interview if you're asked the common interview questions such as 'Why do you want this job?'

If you are lacking in motivation this may also have a negative impact on your work with your current employer. If you're constantly feeling a lack of motivation at your job, this may be a sign that it's time to move on and find another job.

4. Initiative 

Using your own initiative in your job is highly valuable. An employer needs to know that you can think for yourself. Approach this with caution and start small, you have got your whole career to develop your skills. Do not act outside of your authority. 

5. Teamwork 

Any employer needs to know that you will be able to work with their other staff to get the job done. Take opportunities to work in groups and communicate with people from every department of the company in order to prove to your next employer that you can get along with everyone and communicate effectively to deliver results.

6. Leadership skills

Leaders take responsibility and delegate tasks effectively. Most roles involve at least some aspect of leadership, especially beyond the initial stages of your career. Look for opportunities to manage projects and other people as early as possible to begin developing this key transferable skill.

7. Problem solving

Training can only take you so far, sometimes you will find yourself in a situation where you need to figure out a new solution. Make a note when you really have to dig deep and figure something out. Use these examples in your interviews.

8. Flexibility 

You will be expected to specialise in your role to some extent, although understanding the functions of your colleagues’ positions and departments will allow you to work with them better. Being flexible means making time for others and not expecting them to respond to your requests instantly. Look for examples of how your flexible approach to work will benefit the company.

9. Self-awareness 

Being able to recognise your areas of weakness is almost as important as developing and using your strengths. Your potential employer needs to know that you realise you are not perfect. If appropriate, mention areas you are keen to develop in your new position as well as presenting the skills you bring to the role.

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