Did you know that you probably already possess some of the most important skills you’ll need to succeed in business? After all, you’ve learned a lot out in the world already. What you need now are some tips on how to transfer those skills to the business world. Here are the transferable skills you can use in your business career:
The skills that always make it to the top of hiring managers’ must-have lists for new employees are all about communication. You need to listen and read to understand oral and written instructions, carry out your job the way it’s supposed to be done, and learn new procedures. You need to speak well to communicate your thoughts and ideas to others in a professional way. Even if you’re a natural at public speaking, there’s always room for improvement. Practice with your colleagues and give and get feedback until you feel more comfortable speaking in public. Possessing these will transfer well wherever your career takes you.
Have you always considered yourself a people-person? Do you get along well with others? It is essential in business to be able to collaborate with your co-workers. Here’s how:
- Provide constructive criticism
- Receive feedback well
- Coordinate with others
- Negotiate, persuade, and influence others
- Motivate others
- Delegate work
- Mentor less experienced colleagues
- Resolve conflict
- Build strong customer relationships
Even if you’ve never run a business or managed a department, you might already have management skills. Maybe you volunteer at your church as the treasurer or run fundraisers for the PTO at your children’s schools. That requires management skills!
In business, having these skills will show your employer that you have the potential to take on whatever they can give you, and may help you grow into a bigger and better position over time. Some parts of the job managers need to understand include:
- Payables and receivables
- Vendor management
- Contract negotiation
- Inventory review
- Event and meeting planning
If you’re well-organized, with great attention to detail, you’ll also be more efficient. That means you’ll get more done in less time. Who wouldn’t want someone like that on their team? Your organizational skills are on display when you know exactly where those important files are on the database or in paper format. Being well-organized will also help you understand the hierarchy of a company and who does what, whether in your own company, or the most important client. And when you share that information with others, you could prove yourself to be invaluable.
It’s no secret that we are in the age of technology. Every company nowadays has a digital presence and relies on computers to survive. If you have a basic knowledge of technology, business software, email, social media, and how office equipment works, you’ll be the go-to person for everyone who doesn’t. Maybe you understand because you’re already certified. Or maybe you just get it! Not everyone can be an IT guru, but having someone around the office who is comfortable around technology can ease everyone’s mind and be quite helpful in times of a technical crisis.
These are just some of many soft skills that could transfer to any business setting. This combo of professionalism, communication, management, and organizational skills will help you in your business and personal life. If you are interested in learning more about soft skills or what you need for a business career, please contact us at Career Quest Learning Centers to learn more today!