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Transferable skills are those that can be adapted between jobs; they are not specific to a single role. Building these skills greatly expands your career options because they have broad appeal to potential employers.
It is important to develop a ‘personal brand’ at work – how you utilise and develop these skills is what will impress prospective employers.
Below are key transferable skills that you should develop to ensure you’re on the right path to career progression.
It is important to display excellent communication skills in your relations with colleagues, your employer, clients, and beyond. Good communication is about conveying thoughts and ideas effectively, as well as listening to others and understanding what they are attempting to communicate. Key communication skills include:
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Employers value personable candidates who can display first-rate networking skills, as these are constantly used in most workplaces. You never know where your next job lead might come from: building a big network of acquaintances increases the chance of job opportunities occurring.
From meeting a colleague in person to posting on social media networks, your communication skills are continuously on display. Make sure that your communication style matches your personal brand and that you come across well through all mediums.
Effective leadership and management are about directing and motivating others to achieve individual, team, and company goals. If you have aspirations to progress higher within your organisation, focus on finding opportunities to take the lead on projects and showcase your managerial ability. Develop transferable skills by showing how well you can manage others.
Key transferable skills include:
Businesses are constantly changing and evolving; they need employees who can respond to external influences, and show leadership through times of change.
Candidates who show that they’ve been proactive or innovative when responding to difficult situations are able to impress recruiters with their leadership and management skills.
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Planning and research skills enable you to articulate needs and formulate a strategy to accomplish specific objectives. Many roles require these skills, and employers look for candidates who are proactive in being able to carry out cross-channel research.
Keeping ahead of industry developments is key and employers value individuals who are proactive, and understand the best sources to research relevant projects.
Transferable skills in planning and research can include:
These skills are about the contribution you make to groups and the way you relate to and interact with others to achieve a common goal.
Employers highly value this skill, as most job roles require you to work with others on tasks. Employers are looking for candidates who will make the transition to a new team stress-free.
Key transferable skills include:
Self-management is about how you direct your own activities toward the achievement of objectives. Employers are looking for candidates who can get jobs done efficiently, and through self-motivation.
Transferable skills are important in any role. However, when considering which skills to focus on developing, also be mindful of the specific, technical skills your next employer will be looking for. Stay up to date with industry publications and trends so you know what skills are particularly valued in your career.
Jobs often have specific technical requirements, so look for resources or courses to upskill and make sure you stay up-to-date with developments in your industry.
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