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Transferable Skills

Employers want to know what life skills you’ve developed which can be transferred into the workplace. During our lifetime we pick up an amazing array of skills, but frequently fail to communicate these to others as they are just something that we do - we rarely take an exam in teamwork, leadership or even being adaptable for example! 

Think back through previous jobs or even hobbies you enjoy, and then make a list of the core skills that you have developed, look at how these can be adapted into the workplace.  Adding coaching the local football team to your CV not only shows you have a life outside work, but that you are comfortable in a ‘coaching’, ‘teaching’ or even ‘mentoring’ role; be prepared to use examples to demonstrate your skills during your interview.

CV

Your CV has a pivotal role in your job search as it is the first introduction to you to employers and IT recruitment agencies!  It needs to be neatly presented with clear headings for each section, able to concisely and accurately sell ‘you’ to someone who has never met you.

How you layout your CV is completely up to you, there are traditional formats that you can follow and you must include important facts such as your educational qualifications, career history and contact details.  But think about the industry you are applying to and consider what important skills and information they need to know quickly about you. 

Preparing for an interview

First impressions really do count – so make sure you have prepared thoroughly!  Start by researching the company, understand who they are and what they want to achieve, and think about how you could help them on their journey. 

Think before you speak! Practice how you would answer common questions and try weaving your transferable skills into your answers; it can help to have a copy of your CV infront of you. Try and relax, wear comfortable, smart clothes and know how to get to their office, plan your route and give yourself enough time to get there.  

When working with an IT recruitment agency like Xist4, your recruitment manager will work with you to ensure you are thoroughly prepared.

Your Social Media Profile

Ignore this at your peril!  Whilst there are many social networking sites, remember that employers might check your profile out on some of the more main stream such as LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook.  Make sure that your profile is consistent with your CV and positions you in a positive light. 

Afterwards

As you come out of the interview think about what you have learned from the experience – did it go to your plan?  Did any questions ambush you – in which case note them down and practice an answer for the next time! Are you still interested in that role, remember it is a two way process, is this is the right move for you?

In most cases you need to wait until all the candidates have been seen before a decision is made. If you were not offered the job on this occasion try and get some feedback on how you did, your IT recruitment agency can be especially helpful here, then look to improve your performance for the next interview.
 

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