Furlough redundancy fears: these are the transferable skills that are needed across industries

After 18 months of supporting businesses and employees, the furlough scheme has come to an end, leaving thousands of people vulnerable to losing their jobs due to employers being unable to afford to pay wages1 after a turbulent two years in business. 

With the most recent figures from July reporting that 1.6 million people were still relying on the scheme2, and many industries still suffering the consequences of the ongoing pandemic, workers may need to broaden their horizons should they have to search for a new role.

New data3 from CV Library shows that the most commonly required skill across each of these industries is communication, with this being cited within the top 15 skills across 95% of all job roles. In fact, communication is the number one desired skill for the following job roles: social workers, teachers, event planners and project managers. It also comes out second for waiting staff and office assistants, and third for chefs and sales assistants. 

Brett Smith, Director of Customer Success at the workplace management platform, Planday comments: “The ability to communicate effectively is a skill which many people might not realise they have, however, it’s one of the most important skills when it comes to trying to impress employers. Once mastered, effective communication will open doors across industries you may never have thought about pursuing. 

“Being able to identify the transferable skills you’ve gained whilst working in a specific role and understanding how these skills can be utilised in another industry will ultimately place you at the forefront of the employer’s mind when making the hiring decision.”

The most popular skills for job seekers include:

  1. Communication 
  2. Customer Service
  3. Sales
  4. Hard Working
  5. Teamwork
  6. Problem Solving
  7. Organised 
  8. Reliable

For those with little experience in the listed transferable skills, taking steps to upskill yourself in key areas will be beneficial and open doors in a wider range of industries.

Dr. Richard Anderson, Head of Content Production at High Speed Training comments: “Proactively upskilling yourself to develop and finetune important key skills, such as communication, is a fantastic way to put yourself ahead of the competition when it comes to job seeking. Showing that you’re constantly learning, you know which skills are most desired and you’ve actively taken the time and effort to ensure you have perfected these will surely impress employers.”

To help those currently seeking employment opportunities, Brett Smith and Dr. Richard Anderson outline some top tips on utilising transferable skills and identifying potential opportunities in new industries.

1. Identify your transferable skills

Brett comments: “As a first step, make a list of all the jobs you’ve had over the years and identify the key skills you needed to do this job successfully. If you’ve had numerous jobs, take note of the skills which appear more than once, these are likely the skills you’ve developed which will be most appealing to employers. 

“You may also have some transferable skills from university, from working on group projects to effectively managing your schedule, these are all important skills that will be useful throughout your career.”

2. Write down examples of you utilising these skills

Brett says: “So you’ve identified your key skills, now try to think of examples of when you’ve had to utilise these skills at work. Think what did I have to do? What impact did this have? What did I learn from this? Not only will this be a useful task in understanding your skills-base, it could also prepare you for common interview questions around your strengths.” 

3. Understand how these skills will help in a different role

Brett comments: “As you’re searching for a new role in a different industry, take note of the key skills listed within the job description, look over your own key skills and examples of you demonstrating these, and begin to piece together how these situations might be similar in prospective job roles, or how the situation may differ but your skills will allow you to deal with it accordingly. 

4. Look into training opportunities

Dr. Richard Anderson at High Speed Training says: “If your previous experience hasn’t provided you with key skills that match up to those listed on the job description, don’t fret! There are courses available which will allow you to get these skills listed on your CV, opening up a wealth of opportunities within different industries, such as health and safety, safeguarding and communication skills training.”

5. Tailor your CV to fit different industries

Brett comments: “When applying for a new role, it’s not one CV fits all! Ensure your CV matches up with the job description, placing the most emphasis on the skills and experience you’ve already outlined relevant to the role in question. Tailor your CV to fit with the role you’re applying for to show that you’ve read, understood, and meet the requirements of the position.” 

6. Master the interview

Richard comments: “When it comes to job interviews, ensure that you take the time to prepare and fully understand the job requirements and the key skills required, being able to articulate how your own skills will translate into the role and giving the examples of your experience of utilising these skills will show employers that despite you perhaps not having industry experience, you understand and are prepared to work towards becoming established within the new industry. 

“Ensure that you attend the interview with a list of questions about the role itself, remember that you’re also interviewing them to see whether you think this place is the right fit for you, ask about training opportunities and progression paths to show that you’re ambitious and want to continue growing and upskilling yourself throughout your career.”

For more information and guidance around online training and upskilling, visit: https://www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/available-courses/ 

Author: Editorial Team

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