You’re looking for a new role. You’ve seen a job description you like the sound of, but it requires a skillset you don’t directly have. Or so you think...
It can be confusing when looking at job adverts
and role specifications that outline ‘essential’ and ‘desirable’ skills. Instead of reading job descriptions at face-value, dissect them to see what the core responsibilities of the role are. Then see how your skillset can adapt to that.
This is where a recruiter
can help you – they can do the dissection for you, and then probe questions around your past experiences to see the core skills you have that can be transferred to the role.
For instance, most client-facing roles in marketing
will require communication skills. When have you had to explain your ideas to other people in the past? At university you may have had to present research findings and answer questions from lecturers. Think of how you tackled these questions and enjoyed the challenge.
A lot of creative
roles require a collaborative approach, working with the team around them to create exciting concepts for designs. Where have you had to contribute to a group discussion in the past and come to a unanimous decision? Perhaps you were on the committee for an extra-curricular society that required you to make joint decisions with your peers.
We recently wrote about the increased demand for digital skills,
many of our clients are having to upskill their teams to reflect the changes in customer buying habits. Although some of these skills are specific for example PPC, there are softer transferable skills that are equally important, such as ability to learn, agility and resilience.
Always look at beyond what the role asks for. So many skills are transferable; you simply need to know how to sell yourself to represent these skills effectively.