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Private sector jobseekers need to ‘demonstrate commercial acumen’

Former public sector workers who are not hunting for roles in the private sector need to show they have a clear understanding of the commercial world, according to one recruitment agent.

Hays has urged jobseekers to make sure they brush up on their knowledge of the commercial and business world when talking to potential employers to avoid talking “a different language” than their recruiters.

Mark Staniland, managing director of career transition services, said: “There are more similarities between the two sectors than people think, but job seekers need to be able to work hard to show how this is the case. It’s essential candidates show they understand how the private sector works, make their experience relevant and demonstrate commercial acumen.”

Almost 14,000 jobs are expected to have been cut in the public sector, as a result of efforts by the government to slash the deficit. The private sector has said it will provide new jobs to compensate for the losses, but there will still be a large number of people left unemployed by the cuts.