It’s Not Always About Who You Know

27 April, 2022

As you sit in double biology struggling with the concept of cell division, you may well wonder how this information is going to help you in the real world. You’re not going to be a botanist, right? Well, probably not, but some of the skills that the routines of school life instil in you, will undoubtedly stand you in good stead for the world of work. Here we look at some of them.

You’ve just found what you think could be the ideal position. It’s the right level, right location. The only thing is that you don’t have the necessary qualifications or experience. Time to go back to the drawing board, right?

Not necessarily! No recruitment process is quite as rigid as that. Rather than looking at the job advertisement as a list of must-haves you need to have just to make it to the interview, you should see it more as a wish list created by the hiring manager. No job candidate will ever tick 100% of the boxes, and in reality, a lot of companies will choose someone based on their personality and ‘company fit’ over someone with all the technical qualifications.

When is personality more important than qualifications?

Many employers, even at senior level, are now taking personality into consideration when recruiting. Establishing a good cultural fit between the company and employee will mean that the employee is happier there, they’ll be more productive and stay longer, so it really is a win-win for both sides.

This often means that despite the checklist of qualifications, experience and skills given, a company would rather hire someone who has key transferable skills and is a good cultural fit regardless of their qualifications, than just someone who meets every requirement on the list.  

This holds true for entry-level jobs too. The transferable skills you have that would apply to the job in question would take time (and resources) to teach someone else, and there’s no guarantee that others may ever grasp them at all.

In addition to this, some employers actually prefer people with limited experience for junior roles, because they find them easier to mould. Having experienced no other way of working, they learn the processes and take them on board more quickly and easily.

What sort of skills are transferable?

When talking about transferable skills, we mean the ‘soft skills’ that make good team players. Reliability, integrity and respect would be amongst them, as would a good work ethic and a positive, can-do attitude.

They are skills that will enable you to thrive in the working environment and become a trusted, dependable member of staff, who collaborates, supports the team and delivers for the company.

So, what next?

What’s next is to apply for that job! Research the role and the company thoroughly so you have a good idea of which skills are critical to the job and what’s important to the company in terms of personality traits, and make sure you put these front and centre in your application. Remember, hard skills can be learned but only if someone has the right personality and work ethic to start with.

Feel like you need some help with either pulling together your CV, highlighting what your transferable skills are, or developing your skillset? Why not sign up for free to YourGamePlan? It can help you identify more job opportunities and includes great advice, a CV builder and industry-recognised courses. In fact, it provides everything you’ll need to gain that competitive edge that will make you stand out from the crowd, ace the interview and secure that dream position!

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