How do I make my non-relevant experience...relevant?

Did you know that for around 70% of graduate jobs, it’s not what degree you studied that matters but rather what else you can bring to the organisation?

Taking on a part-time job, volunteering or internship are brilliant ways of gathering skills and experience. They are important to mention during your recruitment process, even if they are not directly related to the role you are applying for. The key is evaluating your transferable skills. Transferable skills are skills that can be used in various settings for example communication, negotiation or team work. 

Hear from our Career Coach Grace for some tips on how to promote these skills in the recruitment process:

1. The first step is to identify the skills you possess! 

Take a look through our "How to develop and showcase your skills and impress recruiters" guide, then complete the "My skills audit" and "Skills and values analysis" printables. These will help you to reflect on your own experiences and pick out your transferable skills.

2. Match your skills to the person and job specification 

Once you have found a vacancy that interests you, take a look at the skills required in the person and job specification. This will give you an idea as to which skills you will use most in that role, as well as which skills you should focus on highlighting in your application and interview. 

3. Use these skills to your advantage during the recruitment process

Watch Career Coach Grace's tips above, to find out how to incorporate these into your application and interview answers. You can find out more about answering using STAR with Career Coach Alex here: 

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