When considering a job change is an important concept of which to be familiar with. Transferable skills can be a key factor in your resume, cover letter, and interview. What are transferable skills? Transferable skills are any skills you have acquired throughout your lifetime. They can be from jobs, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, or anything that can be transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your next job. If you are applying for a job in your current field it is pretty easy to find skills you have to transfer to a similar job. However, if you are changing careers or an entry level job seeker, it is much more difficult. To know what skills to highlight you should first know some about the employer and the specific job you are applying for. The job posting usually gives you a good idea of the skills they are looking for. It also can’t hurt to put skills every employer is looking for like punctuality, working in a team, communication, and leadership skills. Also think of other skills you have and how you can transfer it to what you want to be doing and how you can portray it that way. If you can’t make a skill fit what you want to be doing, leave it out. For example, you’ve spent the last year off of work raising twins. Transferable skills could include: multi-tasking, patience, time management, and teamwork.
- by Christopher Hinds
- January 11, 2019