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The recruitment process can seem daunting at times, but by understanding how it works and gaining some practice, you will be ready to put your best foot forward.

Recruitment processes can vary from company to company, so we have put together a few hints and hacks to help you get an idea of how the experience may unfold for you.

The EAIT Student Employability Team is here to support you - if you would like more advice about the recruitment process, book a student consultation, or join us at our Employers on Campus workshops.

Articulating your skills to employers

When recruiting, companies look for a specific range of skills to suit their own unique needs. Employers are usually very interested in the personal attributes and transferable skills of potential employees, in addition to their academic qualifications and scores.

When applying for a job, you need to be able to:

  • Identify your personal skills and attributes
  • Communicate them effectively to an employer - use action words to demonstrate how you use this skill

‘Transferable skills’ are developed in one setting and can be ‘transferred’ and put to use in another setting, for example skills gained managing an event in a student society may be transferable to managing a project in the workplace.

Transferable skills can come from all areas of life, such as work experience, studies, sporting activities, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, part-time employment, family responsibilities, travelling and volunteering.

Identifying your transferable skills
  1. List the different activities you’ve been involved in throughout your life – work experience, sports teams, school captain, etc.
  2. Write down the skills that you used to succeed in this role – handling money, organising team training, public speaking, etc.
  3. Think about how these skills could be useful in a job in industry.
Examples of transferable skills

Below are some examples of transferable skills you may have learned during everyday life.

Work experience

  • customer service
  • interpersonal skills
  • teamwork
  • administrative tasks
  • supervision   
  • time management 
  • punctuality
  • work ethics 
  • attention to detail
  • flexibility
  • adaptability

Education

  • research skills
  • analytical skills
  • problem solving
  • starting & completing projects
  • time management
  • goal setting
  • planning
  • working to deadlines
  • working under pressure
  • teamwork
  • leadership

Extracurricular activities

  • teamwork
  • setting and achieving personal and team goals
  • cooperation
  • perseverance
  • commitment
  • aiming for excellence
  • leadership qualities
  • communication

Travel

  • goal setting
  • planning
  • budgeting
  • flexibility
  • adaptability
  • problem solving
  • making decisions on your feet
  • appreciation of other cultures