Our expert advisors at Ingeus are helping out-of-work clients to fully appreciate the skills and abilities they use in daily life, and how they can be showcased to best effect when looking for new employment.
 
These six transferable skills are valued in many different business sectors.
 
THE SUPER SIX
 
Communication
Listening
Ability to organise
Work ethic
Problem-solving
Time-management
 
We’ve previously explored communication, listening and the ability to organise in our first Super Six Blog. Now in the second part of our series we explore having a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time-management.
 
WORK ETHIC
Employers want to know you’re enthusiastic, reliable and will work hard in their role. So how do you demonstrate this?
 
At home: are you a busy bee? Always looking for things to do and ensuring all those little jobs around the house and garden get done. Do you have a range of hobbies? Or do any volunteering? Describing these activities will show a would-be employer that you like to be active.
 
At work: think of examples where you have achieved targets set by your boss and where you have sought additional responsibilities above and beyond what was expected. If you were never late for a shift or took any unexpected days off, that is definitely worth noting.
 
PROBLEM SOLVING
 
At home: whenever there’s an issue - the washing machine is starting to leak or the car is making a funny noise - it is important to show that you use a logical process to identify the problem, are organised in your approach and put a suitable plan into action.
 
At work: explaining how you adhered to company guidance to solve an issue will illustrate that you understood what was expected in order to fix the problem. Have there also been occasions when you had to think outside the box to resolve an issue?
 
TIME MANAGEMENT
 
At home: are you that person who always arrives early and ensures that every job on a to-do list is completed? Are you an expert in navigating local bus and train timetables? Then you are an expert in time management because you think ahead and are good at being realistic on how long a journey or task is going to take. The secret is to allow enough time for the unforeseen circumstances and to always have a Plan B as back-up.
 
At work: time management in an office, shop or factory is usually target driven. Now think back through your employment history, pick an example when you met your targets or your performance surpassed your boss’ expectations. Good evidence to include on a CV would be a bonus in your salary or a good appraisal that you can refer back to.
 
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
 
Are you currently out-of-work?
 
Then get talking with an Ingeus employment advisor. Please contact your local employment support team who can help you unearth your transferable skills, update your CV, polish your interview technique and suggest vacancies in your area.