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How to spin your extracurricular skills to get that flex job

Everyone has things they love to do outside of work: socialise, play music / sport / video games, rock climb – whatever it is, we’re sure it can help you achieve personal goals from getting fit to partaking just for the sheer fun of it.

But no-one wants to know what you do in your spare time, right?


Anything and everything you do during your waking hours has some degree of skill attached to it. Although it may not be quantifiable in the same way as say, the ability to understand quantum physics or undertake legal research, when you take a step back, you can see that your hobbies and interests have the capability to hone and develop both your hard and soft skill set.

Research from the Society for Human Resource Management found that employers actually care more about soft skills than they do about skill competencies around reading comprehension and number crunching.

How? Let us show you how to spin it and get that job you really want…

Example activity: Performing

Some people feel like they were born to perform, others couldn’t think of anything worse. Whether it’s joining your local choir / amateur dramatics faction, or gigging with friends on a Wednesday night, putting yourself under the spotlight and providing entertainment for others brings with it a whole host of skill-building opportunities.

  • Improvisation – Things can and do go wrong, and nowhere can be more mortifying than when it happens on stage, in front of others. But the savvy entertainers will learn to think on their feet and respond to whatever’s being thrown their way to make sure all’s well that ends well. Spin it: Level-headed and calm under pressure
  • Memory-testing – Learning lines, chords or stage directions requires concentration and more often than not, you’ll be doing this alongside others.  So, you’ll need to understand the part you play in the bigger picture and when its your turn to execute. Spin it: Quick (and accurate) learner and good listener
  • Perfectionism – They say that practice makes perfect, and for good reason. You wouldn’t perform something unless you were ready; you know what great looks like and wouldn’t settle for anything less. Spin it: Resolute professional and high-achiever


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