by Jen Lemen
Partnership Announcement with Gradfeed! Plus - Hot Topic Highlight - Soft Skills
Property Elite are proud to announce that we will be partnering with Gradfeed.
Find out more below about who Gradfeed are and how they are helping to connect cognate and non cognate students with employers in the property industry.
We will also look at what they have to say about soft skills, in our hot topic highlight later on in this blog article.
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What is Gradfeed?
Gradfeed is a web based employment platform that helps connect cognate and non cognate students with employers in the property industry.
Students can research employers, keep up to date with the latest industry news and events and secure interviews with the best SMEs, corporations and multi-national businesses across the UK.
Students will be able to build a profile, fill out their employment preferences before being able to research and learn about employers and the type of opportunities they have.
Likewise, employers will be able to use the database of student profiles to market their business offering and directly communicate their opportunities to a dedicated audience.
Who are Property Elite?
Property Elite’s sole aim is to build better property professionals - supporting your career every step of the way, whether you are completing a RICS accredited degree course, your RICS APC/AssocRICS or simply seeking engaging CPD.
If you are planning to sit your RICS APC/AssocRICS this year, you'll want to have your preparation well under way. We've got lots of candidates already signed up to support their Spring and Autumn 2019 RICS APC final assessment interviews, so why not book your RICS APC support now before it's too late?
Not sure about signing up? You can read what some of our recent successful candidates have to say here. We work with candidates across all RICS APC and AssocRICS pathways, routes to assessment and geographic regions.
We offer every candidate a free 30 minute consultation (including a review of your referral report if you have been referred), so just contact us on 07804 642 825 or email@example.com to book in.
What is our hot topic highlight about this week?
This week, we will be looking at soft skills in an article written by Gradfeed for their university information packs.
What are soft skills?
Soft skills are general attributes that aren’t specific to a job or industry.
They are usually self developed, meaning no training is needed to build them and because they can be applied to a number of different roles, soft skills are always desirable – no matter what field you are working in.
The most successful individuals in the world of real estate have the perfect balance between honed soft skills and proven hard skills.
What are examples of soft skills?
Soft skills are a combination of many different things, including character traits and employment qualities. As a result, the number of soft skills is almost endless.
Some of the most common examples include:
- Communication skills
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Team working
- Negotiation skills
Why are soft skills important?
Although hard skills might be important in some industries, soft skills are important in all of them, particularly in the real estate industry.
They are what help us bond with other people around the business and help us to fit well within the company culture.
Without them, even someone with the right qualifications could end up alienating themselves in their role, or not having the right mind-set to do their job effectively.
They are also what help distinguish us from other potential candidates when we look for a new position.
What are the advantages of soft skills?
One of the biggest advantages of soft skills is that they don’t limit you to working within one industry; they are transferable skills, allowing you to demonstrate your personality and effectiveness to prospective employers, even if you have limited experience in their field.
For example, your excellent communication skills may have made you good at selling houses. However, many other sectors outside of sales require people who can communicate well – whether it’s by attracting new customers, building relationships with suppliers or working effectively in a team.
Also, everyone has some form of soft skills. They require no formal training, and are usually picked up through previous positions or work experiences – meaning you might already have some great attributes you can use to your advantage.
Are soft skills alone enough?
Although they’re valuable, soft skills won’t always be enough to get you the job.
Industries such as property will look at work experience to get your foot in the door, and without this your soft skills may not be enough.
Soft skills are also extremely difficult to measure, meaning some employers don’t appreciate their true value until you have actively been able to demonstrate them.
How do I demonstrate soft skills on my CV?
It’s never enough to say you have soft skills – you actually need to back them up. When it comes to filling out your Gradfeed employment profile, this means adding practical examples to show times when you have put your soft skills to good use.
For example, stating you have good problem solving skills sounds fine. But saying ‘good problem solving skills, demonstrated when I successfully overcame X’ will demonstrate your level of resilience and will be viewed very positively by employers within the industry - not to mention adding value to your Gradfeed profile and automated Gradfeed CV.
Soft skills aren’t specific to the property industry - so when citing examples, be aware that they don’t necessarily have to relate to the property industry. You can show these skills through experiences you may have had in other working or leisure environments and these are considered just as valuable as industry specific examples.
How can we help?
- Sign up for a complimentary copy of our Ebook Guide to the APC (UK and MENA editions)/AssocRICS/Senior Professional Route/FRICS, together with our updated APC Hot Topic Guide - full of even more helpful advice and tips to pass your RICS APC or AssocRICS with flying colours first time
- Sign up for our bespoke support services, such as our final assessment review & feedback service, RICS APC question packs (around 1,000 questions/30 pages based on your submission), e-mock interviews and revision quizzes. Don't forget that we offer great value discounted packages if you purchase more than one support service
- If you're confused about anything, just contact us on 07804 642 825 / firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer all candidates a free & friendly 30 minute RICS APC consultation, including a free review of your referral report if you were unsuccessful at your last assessment
Not sure about signing up? You can read what some of our recent successful candidates have to say here.
Stay tuned for our next blog post to help build a better you
N.b. nothing in this article constitutes legal or financial advice.