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The Time For Transferable Skills

The Time For Transferable Skills
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​Enduring repeated lockdowns gave people all over the world copious amounts of time for self-reflection.


The global pandemic has led to a change in the world of work, prompting people to question the role that employment plays in their lives.


The past 6 months have seen a sharp spike in resignations around the world, and Australia has seen a surge in job hopping, having woken up to ‘The Great Resignation’ - an epidemic in which more people than ever before are quitting their jobs.


For many, this has formed a desire to create a more fulfilling work life. As a result, more people are wanting to utilise their ‘transferable skills’ and try new paths.


Transferable skills are those you carry from one job to another, regardless of job title or sector. Some skills are hard, e.g. ‘data analysis’, while others are soft, e.g. ‘relationship building.’


Transferable skills can help you land a new job, no matter how “unmatched” your skill set might appear to be, and more Aussies are waking up to this…


Why are employers hiring people with transferable skills?


●      Improved efficiency and productivity

Many transferable skills enable you to be more collaborative in the workplace.


●      Strengthened working relationships

Transferable skills help you better interact with people internally and externally.


●      Skillset potential

Employers recognise that you are better equipped to take on new responsibilities when demonstrating transferable skills.


In general, employees with transferable skills have the tools that help them go beyond their job description and duties.


With modern changes to working life, organisations are now more likely to stray away from typical recruitment processes and hire candidates who don’t necessarily meet all the criteria for a role, but have strong potential and strong transferable skills.


Forward-thinking employers understand that staff with transferable skills have an extensive skill set they can tap into.


Additionally, hiring for potential and training people in industry-specific knowledge has become increasingly popular amongst leaders and managers.


Hiring outside of the industry opens up new doors, brings new ways of thinking, adds perspective and can ultimately bring huge value to a company.


Think Outside the Box


Some skills are role-specific, while others can be brought into every job you do. The key to finding more fulfillment in your professional (and personal) life is to truly understand your values and the skills you have.


Transferable skills develop throughout your career. By considering what they are and setting targets to improve, you advance and progress, whichever direction you choose.


Once outlined, transferable skills become incredibly useful when it comes to applying for a new role or considering a career change.


Whether you’re looking for a new opportunity entirely or you’re looking to grow internally, transferable skills will help you climb the professional ladder, regardless of your industry or sector.


Key Transferable Skills In Demand


Once you’ve outlined your own set of transferable skills, you can put them into practice and showcase them effectively on your CV.


Transferable skills fall under categories like clerical, research, planning, interpersonal skills and technical.


●      Problem solving

●      Data analysis

●      Critical thinking

●      Leadership

●      Teamwork

●      Adaptability

●      Decision making

●      Writing

●      Communication

●      Empathy

●      Commercial awareness

●      Active listening

●      Creativity

●      Project management

●      Relationship building

●      Computer / technology


Not only do they help you to become more adaptable, but transferable skills can help you really stand out during the job application process.


The Takeaways


●      Transferable skills can be used in all types of job and career paths.

●      Transferable skills can be ‘hard skills’ and ‘soft skills’

●      Transferable skills are the bottom line of a jobseeker’s overall potential; investing in continuous learning will strengthen prospects.


The most important aspect of transferable skills is that they are yours to keep! No matter where your career takes you, the transferable skills you develop will always be there for you, helping you to adapt, change, and grow professionally.


Certus Aus, have hired individuals from a variety of industries such as Financial sales, Wagering and Health & Fitness. All of whom have bought new ways of thinking, but have also very quickly got up to speed with our industry.


If you’re looking for your next exciting opportunity or are looking to expand your team, get in touch with Certus today.

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