In our book we discuss in some depth the importance for portfolio workers in having a clear understanding of what we call ‘motivated skills’ – those skills that when you exercise them make you come alive and ‘in the zone’. This knowledge then arms you to seek out jobs which will give you the opportunity to exercise at least some of them. Your complete portfolio should enable you to use all of them. I was interested therefore to see the latest research from the CIPD on the skills that employers are now looking for in any workers they employ which will of course increasingly involve some portfolio workers.
The HR professionals surveyed saw the key attribute applicants should be demonstrating in the current climate as:
- Transferable/ flexible skills (45%)
The second and third most popular were:
- Business acumen (19%)
- Fit with culture/ values of organisation (10%)
All portfolio workers need to be transferable and flexible but this research shows that increasingly so does everyone else.