Nowadays, employers look for more than just the qualifications specified for a particular job. For a new graduate looking for a job, determining the skills to nurture besides the ones required for a specific position can be challenging. There are many skills out there that fit specific careers and others that don’t precisely fit a niche or a job.

These general skills, known as transferable skills, are next highly sought by employers after the specified job skills. Employers need to see what else the prospective employees can bring to the workplace besides ordinary job skills.

But, why are these skills so essential and which skills qualify as transferable skills?

Why Are Transferable Skills Important to You?

Transferable skills are essential to any employee in several various ways. First, it enables you to fit in any job you get. Contemporary companies seek flexible workers who can perform tasks beyond what is listed in the job description. It also makes you appear more diverse to employers who seek versatility in their employees. These skills are universal, and most can apply in almost all jobs or positions.

Here are some of the best transferable skills that you should have to catch employers to your profile:

Leadership

For this skill, you don’t just have to manage or supervise your team. In involves leading by example where you can influence others even though you are not the sworn leader. Some people have it as innate; others learn and master it.

Teamwork

Teamwork involves working with the team to achieve your targets and not just appearing at the meetings. Employers seek workers who can be team players and can instigate positive growth within workgroups.

Problem Solving and Critical Thinking

It is also crucial for employees to show their knack for identifying problems, finding out the cause of the problem, and implementing the best solutions. You must also be able to provide an effective solution with supporting evidence if necessary.

Adaptability

Whether you are a novice or an expert, you should gradually adapt to the dynamic job requirements such as new deadlines and strategies. This has positive impacts on your efficiency and reputation. Employers want workers who are open to changes, adapt fast and stay positive!

Interpersonal Skill

Any business’s success and growth depend on the strong relationships between its workers. This is why employees who can reach out to their colleagues with ease and resolve conflicts are priceless to the employer.

Creativity

Creativity doesn’t just involve the visual arts; it also includes your approach to dealing with tasks and problems. Will you think outside the box to solve a problem, or are you creative enough to implement new strategies to resolve it?

Work Ethics

Every employee must have a strong work ethic that governs their work, takes pride in being in the job and motivates them. Employers want workers who have strong work ethics because it shows that they are responsible.

Commercial Awareness

It would help if you had commercial awareness, mainly because companies have to appease their customers to retain their support. You must determine how you can help the company grow and provide solutions to critical issues affecting the business’s prosperity.

Whether you want to stick to one company for the rest of your career or go to other industries in the future, your transferable skills will help you through it all. If you have one of these skills, don’t be afraid to develop it because, besides fostering self-awareness, it will help you progress in your career.

Want to make yourself more desirable to future hiring managers? Check out these things you can do:
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15 replies on “Top Transferable Skills that All Employers Want

  1. Great post!! Performing tasks beyong the job description. 🙂 This has been going on for many years Kally at least in Europe. When I was working in the coorperate world I was never just doing my job but many other things at the same time and I stopped 5 years ago, and I was working for more than 20 years.

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  2. All the above transferrable skills are going to be even more in demand in these turbulent times post-COVID. Companies will be looking for staff who have a wide range of skills so don’t be afraid to let them know about all the skills you have and how you can use them to support the company going forward.

    Great post Kally.

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  3. Thank you for mentioning this, Kally! Here we are saying, you should to be a superhero, and will be happy getting payed with a “Thank you!”. Lol Dont worry, i understand the intention, and its true. I hope you are well, and enjoy a wonderful weekend! Michael

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