Skills best suited to private sector

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. I am currently working for a public sector organisation, and have been forthe past four years – all within HR and training. I am looking to move to aprivate sector role in order to utilise my creative skills and naturalinitiative and am struggling to gain interest from private companies. Anyadvice would be really appreciated. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy In your letter you say you have natural initiative and creative skills somoving to the private sector should be achievable. The fact you have not yet achieved that objective may be a reflection of thejob market or your ability to promote yourself. Does your CV reflect yourpersonal perception of what you have to offer? You must give potentialemployers examples of how you have been creative and where you have used yourinitiative. Private sector employers have certain perceptions about public sectoremployees and you have to prove them wrong. Have you thought of creative waysof getting your CV in front of potential employers? While I am not suggestingusing purple note paper or including your picture, a well presented coveringletter with your key selling points might be the answer. Johanna Simons, HR consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes It is quite usual for employers to want to match industry sector experiencewhen recruiting, especially when there is a choice of potential candidates onthe market. In your case, the move from the public sector may be seen as evenmore of a broader step and could, therefore, be off-putting for some potentialemployees. What I would suggest is you ensure your CV focuses on your past achievementsand personal skills. Try an introductory paragraph highlighting your personalskills and list your key achievements under each role. For example, areas couldinclude savings you have made against budgets, managing people, projectsundertaken, or percentage increase in efficiencies. It is important prospectiveemployers can see you are focused on the bottom line and managing change. Another idea is to send a covering letter with your CV, highlightingachievements that match your skills and experience directly with the role. Youshould also tailor your CV for each role and expand on the essential areas ofexperience and cut down on those that are of secondary importance. A highly-focused application should be harder for a potential employer tooverlook and hopefully this will result in more success for you. Doug Knott, senior consultant, Chiumento Current employment trends suggest we may soon find we are all working forthe NHS, local government or a major retailer! So it may be advisable to reviewyour decision to move to the private sector. You should also be careful about assuming all private sector roles willprovide you with the opportunity to utilise your creativity and initiative.Equally, don’t assume these skills are absent from all public sector roles. Yousay you are struggling to gain interest from private companies. Ask yourselfwhat those people making the selection decisions feel you are lacking. Contactcompanies which have declined your applications for feedback. Possible perceived limitations could be commercial awareness and businessunderstanding. In your CV and covering letter highlight achievements andexpertise in these areas. Demonstrate at interviews that you understand thatmany private sector organisations have to deliver year-on-year price reductionsand not the inflation plus increases to a captive customer base typical oflocal government. You could also consider moving into interim/contract roles in the privatesector where the person specifications are typically less stringent than forpermanent roles. This would enable you to gain experience and prove yourcapability to operate in this sector. Comments are closed. Skills best suited to private sectorOn 2 Jul 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img

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