9 Transferable Skills That Employers Are Looking For!

There are certain skills which you just know employers are going to want to see on your cv and whilst you’re at work. It’s easy to get those skills when someone literally lists them for you as UK Business Insider have!

1. Time management

1. Time management

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Time management and being capable of prioritising tasks may seem like a given, but a whopping 47% of employers reported that it was a skill which was lacking amongst their employees.

 

2. Customer care

2. Customer care

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A worrying 39% of employers reported that customer care was a skill which was lacking.

3. Working as part of a team

3. Working as part of a team

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In the workplace, being a great employee is as much about being able to work with colleagues as it is about working efficiently alone, yet according to bosses in the UK, 33% of us aren’t great team players. Being a good team member requires the same skills as being a team leader. Listening to the problems of your colleagues, respecting their opinions, being persuasive, and being able to influence people are qualities the great team leader and member share.

 

4. Managing feelings

4. Managing feelings

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In the workplace, it’s crucial to be able to control your emotions and not let them get the better of you. It’s also important to manage other people’s emotions. Of the employers surveyed in the government survey, 32% said that both those skills are lacking in the workforce which, at best, is problematic.

5. Influencing others and motivating other staff

5. Influencing others and motivating other staff

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Persuading and influencing others as well as managing or motivating other staff were both skills which were lacking in the survey, with respectively 32% and 31% of employers mentioning them in the study. Although separate categories, strong leadership is a solution for both of those issues.

 

6. Sales skills

6. Sales skills

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Of the employers surveyed in the UK Government study, 25% stated that their employees lacked sales skills. Although mastering sales is certainly important for anyone with a job in finance, it’s also crucial for many other roles. From selling a pitch idea, to selling yourself as an employee during a job interview, having an ability to sell is important.

7. Train new employees

7. Train new employees

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Throughout your career, you’ll probably have to take people under your wing and train them. That being said, being a good teacher isn’t that easy in the best of times. Employers in the study actually said that it was a skill which was lacking with 22% of bosses mentioning it.

 

8. Setting goals

Setting goals

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Setting objectives for others and planning resources is another skill which is so important to master, but 22% of employers believe this skill is rare among their employees.

 

9. Making speeches or presentations

9. Making speeches or presentations

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From successfully selling yourself in a job interview, to making an impressive pitch or presentation and being an effective team member, communication is key in the workplace. However, 16% of employers surveyed reported that making speeches or presentations were among the skills lacking within their teams.

At The Sheffield College we have a whole host of courses, across the board, which will equip you with the skills that employers think are currently lacking. To find out more, please click here…

 

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