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The Importance of Transferable Skills – The Hidden Gems Buried Within CVs


This article has been submitted by Zoho Recruit.

Here at Zoho Recruit, we have seen our fair share of CVs during our time in business, with structure, layout and tone all evolving with each year that passes. However, one staple feature of the CV that is far from replaceable is the ‘Transferable Skills’ section. Acquired during any activity in your life – jobs, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies or even sports, transferable skills allow employers to envisage how a candidate could immerse themselves in a role.

Identifying your transferable skills

You may think that a lack of relevant, industry-specific experience will stop someone from getting a job, but this is not always the case. It is important that employers look for potential rather than past endeavours.

Whether it be based on communications, physical activity or creative ability, we all boast skills that can be transferred into the world of work. In some cases, candidates’ skills will be directly applicable to their career goals; which is great. However, it is worth looking for any skill they possess that may be able to be transferred into a new role. Below are just a few examples of tasks that represent transferable skills:

  • Meeting deadlines
  • Handling multiple tasks
  • Thinking on your feet
  • Conducting research
  • Managing people and projects
  • Applying critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Learning new software
  • Keep abreast of best practices and apply them
  • Communicate clearly to a particular audience
  • Mentoring

Top 3 transferable skills every employer should be looking for

Although it is nice to see jobseekers celebrate any skill that they posses, there are a few gems that most employers are eager to uncover. Wanting to select an individual that will add value to their brand, gel with staff and adapt to the way in which their business operates, the following skills are favoured by recruiters.

Time management – Whether you are a builder, teacher or a lawyer, the need to manage your time effectively is a must. Ensuring employers get the most for the salary they are paying, looking for examples of time management is highly advised.

Written communication – Most jobs require some form of written skill, whether it be creating copy, writing emails or carrying out basic administration tasks. For this reason, a CV almost acts as an interview in itself, with clear, coherent copy immediately displaying written skills.

Team Work –  While a candidate may be perfectly able to carry out the duties of the job they are applying for, the need to work in coalition with colleagues is also required. Therefore, it is a good idea to look for past examples where the applicant has successfully worked as part of a team.

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