All Those Skills Are Transferable


No matter where you are in your job search being aware of your transferable skills gives you a boost. Transferable skills are skills that are not limited to one knowledge area – they are transferable to many occupations.  Honestly, all the skills you have acquired are transferable skills.  Your task is to clearly show employers how the skills apply to their company or how they will benefit.

Whether you are applying for a job as an auto mechanic, librarian, cashier, or bicycle salesperson you will be expected to meet deadlines, resolve conflict, prioritize tasks, take initiative, and communicate clearly.  Here are other transferable skills many employers seek.

The ability to:

  • Negotiate
  • Create or design
  • Teach
  • Research or investigate
  • Construct or repair
  • Teach
  • Be supportive
  • Work independently
  • Write clearly or edit
  • Follow instructions
  • Speak well
  • Use basic computer programs
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Organize or plan
  • Calculate or compute
  • Build or assemble
  • Work as part of a team
  • Facilitate discussion
  • Solve problems
  • Present
  • Delegate
  • Persuade
  • Listen attentively
  • Demonstrate
  • Adapt to changing priorities
  • Make decisions
  • Get results

ASSIGNMENT: Select 10 transferable skills then list how you used each of them on at least 2 different occasions (or different scenarios).

For additional help with your job search, check out “Get Hired Toolbox: 30 Ways to Land the Job of Your Dreams” (Kindle Edition)
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Nicki Sanders, Chief Visionary Officer of Packaged For Success, helps both youth and adults discover their personal power, dream big, and achieve success on their own terms. Ms. Sanders is an experienced trainer, group facilitator, and program manager who holds a Master’s degree in Social Work.  Ms. Sanders has over fifteen years of direct experience with diverse populations in residential, school-based, and community based agencies.

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