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
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).