If you've ever worked with a recruitment consultant when changing roles, then you've likely had a discussion about transferable skills.  

While the top few candidates vying for a role will have the specific technical expertise needed, it's transferable or 'soft skills' that can be the deciding factor between candidates. The more you understand your particular transferable skills and how they're valuable to your potential role, the more success you will likely have in landing the job. 


What are transferable skills? 


Have you ever noticed there are certain keywords in almost every job posting that relate to soft skills? Keywords such as communication, multitasking, teamwork, creativity, time management, critical thinking and leadership. These aren't there to simply fill the job ad; these are the specific transferable skills needed for the role, enabling a candidate to do the job well.  


When hiring, many businesses are looking for a candidate with the right technical skills and the right transferable skills that complement their team and work culture.  


What transferable skills are in high demand? 


Here at CircuIT, we've noticed several transferable skills that are increasing in demand. Creativity, communication, team building, time management, and meeting deadlines are at the top of the list.  


But we're also seeing employers looking for a wide range of essential and relevant transferable skills, including presentation skills, critical thinking, information gathering, teamwork and customer service.  


Using your transferable skills to get you the job 


Everyone's set of transferable skills is unique. For example, not every candidate will be a multitasking critical thinker with exceptional organisational skills, but every role also requires a distinct set of transferable skills.  


Understanding yours can be the deciding factor in securing a role and succeeding long term.  


So how do you identify your skills and ensure you communicate them during your application process? Here are our top tips: 


  • Simply take the time to sit down and identify your transferable skills. Be honest with yourself and look at what skills you have developed over your career, education, and everyday life.  

  • Write your skills down! Having a defined list of skills will help you to be able to articular them later.  

  • Give them context: think about times you have used these skills with success and make notes. This will help you provide tangible examples when replaying these skills during an interview process.  


Recalling your skills and effortlessly articulating these during an interview process takes practice but could be the edge you need to land your next exciting role! 


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