Flexible skills more important than qualifications, say employers

by 15 Sep 2009

Transferable or flexible skills are the key attributes job applicants should be demonstrating in the current economic climate, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in the UK.

In order to stand out from the crowd, job-seekers should develop a flexible mindset and be able to demonstrate to potential employers transferable skills, the research found.

The online poll of more than 100 HR professionals also drew on results from the quarterly employee outlook survey of more than 3000 employees.

Other key marketable skills for job-seekers were “business acumen” with one-fifth of HR professionals believing it to be the most important attribute. One-tenth identified “demonstrating a fit with the culture and values of the organisation” as key.

Similarly, in the employee survey, “a fit with the culture and values of organisation” ranked joint first (with 47 per cent agreeing) and “interpersonal skills” was third (35 per cent).