Skills showing employers - The Careers Group, University of London

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Transferable skills – that is, skills you’ve gained from activities in any part of your life – are the building blocks of your career. Because of this, it’s extremely important both to identify which skills you have and to demonstrate them to prospective employers.

For more information, advice, tips and jobs:
www.careers.lon.ac.uk
www.jobonline.thecareersgroup.co.uk/careersgroup/student
www.thecareersgroup.co.uk
www.gradsintocareers.co.uk
www.c2careers.com
www.careerstagged.co.uk
tempjobs.london.ac.uk

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Skills showing employers - The Careers Group, University of London

  1. 1. Which career suits you?I Skills: showing employers you’ve got what it takes Focus on your transferable skills and discover how much you have to offer. ransferable skills – that is, skills you’ve gained from activities in any part of your life – are the building blocks of your career. Because of this, it’s extremely important both to identify which skills you have and to demonstrate them to prospective employers. Why do employers care about skills? Largely because training a graduate is expensive. Employers need to be convinced that you have a genuine aptitude for the work before they invest in you and they measure aptitude by assessing your proven skills. T The first impression an employer will get about your suitability for the job is in a CV, covering letter or application form. These written documents offer an excellent opportunity for you to sell your skills and highlight your achievements. Think about what the employer is looking for in a prospective employee, Skills sought Providing evidence Written and verbal communication Is your writing fresh and succinct? Do you talk to people in different and appropriate ways depending on the situation? Can you work with other people? Can you work towards a team goal rather than personal glory? Do you know what’s going on in your chosen industry? Can you spot a lucrative business opportunity? Is your work thoroughly checked without being late? Can your boss be confident that what you’ve written is correct? Can you prioritise your work and balance work life and social life? Can you select the best course of action from multiple alternatives and justify your decisions logically? Are you thrown by changing circumstances or are you able to switch from one thing to another? Can you be trusted to take on important work from day one? Can you lead a team? Can you delegate and motivate effectively? Can you find information and process it for different purposes? Teamwork Commercial awareness Attention to detail Time management (organisation) Decision making Adaptability and flexibility Responsibility and reliability Leadership Research and analysis 20 and match those skills to examples from your own experience. Transferable skills can come from anywhere: sports, travel, work experience, hobbies, voluntary and part-time work. So, get involved in extra-curricular activities at university and don’t underestimate your accomplishments. THE CAREERS SERVICE GUIDE London 2011 www.careers.lon.ac.uk

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