In life, we learn new skills all the time and those skills are what we call transferable skills that can be used in all different facets of our lives and work. Some examples of such skills include team work, communication, problem solving, planning and time management.
Transferable skills can be acquired during any activity in your life, such as work, school, projects, parenting, hobbies, sports…pretty much anything. Identifying and effectively communicating your transferable skills is an important part when you are searching for a new career or looking to enhance your existing career.
The first step in identifying your transferable skills is to review your most recent resume, and make a list of all the skills highlighted. In some cases, your skills will be directly applicable to your career goals. Then expand on that with any new skills you have learned or new classes you have taken since you last updated your resume.
Once you have a comprehensive list of your transferable skills, you’ll want to include these on all your job search documents. Also keep these skills in mind when you are talking with work-related professionals, such as in networking situations and job interviews. Communicating your transferable skills with employers will greatly enhance their ability to see how you meet their needs and ultimately lead to job search success.
If you would like help in assessing what your transferable skills are, I would be happy to chat with you. Just reach out to set up a time!