Let’s now look at some of the competencies that employers are particularly interested in. Some call these competencies transferable skills because they can be transferred from one job to another.
Communication skills are one of the main transferable skills. You might not be working with people, but even in highly individual jobs you still need to be able to communicate with your boss and colleagues or to make yourself easily understood. So we all need to be able to communicate, but our skills tend to vary. Let’s now explore your communication skills.
Please think about your own communication skills by reflecting on the following questions. Feel free to use the comments area to share your thoughts.
- Are you better at spoken or written communication?
- How good are you at giving presentations and speeches?
- How well do you communicate via social media?
Now when you have reflected on your communications skills, you should be better aware of your strengths – and this is what you need to highlight in your CV. There is no point of telling employers what you are bad at.
For a follow up, think about your strengths and weaknesses in terms of further transferable skills. Don’t forget to highlight your strongest ones in the CV again.
Transferable skills include:
Negotiation: Able to discuss and reach an agreement. e.g. Attending staff-student liaison committees.
Persuasiveness: Able to convince others. e.g. Fund-raising for a local charity.
Teamwork: Working with others to achieve a common goal. ‘Getting on’ with people. e.g. Team sports
Decision-making: Being able to make sound decisions using research, logic and analysis. e.g. Targeting appropriate customers in a sales job
Problem-solving: Not really about maths! It’s more about gathering and analysing information; classifying and interpreting data. Coming up with solutions to problems. e.g. Quiz genius
Planning and organisation: Able to plan activities ahead and carry them through effectively. e.g. Stage manager for a play
Leadership: Taking responsibility for people; directing organising and motivating people. e.g. Chairing a student society
Finally, write down an occasion when you had to use each of these skills and describe the situation in each case.
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