What are transferable job skills? These are skills that you use on your current job or past job that can be transferred from career choice to another.
This is great news when creating a resume, because many people do not pay close enough attention to these gems and miss out on a great opportunity to power up their resume when lacking work experience.
There are many skills that are transferable and following are a list of several very important skills that employers seek.
No matter what type of job you seek, the person with solid communication skills (verbally, orally, and written) holds a decided edge. If you are an effective communicator – able to explain things in an easy matter that people can understand; if you are a good public speaker – able to show confidence and command of your speech topics; or if you are a sound business writer – using appropriate grammar and spelling) this is something you want to highlight on your resume with specific examples.
Technology continues to rule in many business environments. It’s amazing how many people are still lacking in this area – with limited to no experience with word processing software or spreadsheet applications. If you want to boost your marketability and demand in the labor force, become very proficient with basic, popular software packages such as Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel. Learn e-mail and Microsoft PowerPoint.
If you have a knack for getting along with and influencing people, play up your interpersonal skills. Most employers are looking for team players who can get along in the work environment. If you can provide specific examples of how you have done this, it could provide an edge.
There are several variations to leadership – the ability to lead others and the ability to lead yourself. Also, there is formal leadership (actual titles such as manager, or team lead) and then there are the informal leaders – those people who influence without the title or power. These people actually get people to follow them because they WANT to. If you have examples where you’ve proven a successful leader, especially in an informal capacity, say so. Every company needs good future leaders. Who knows, this may be you one day.
Time management can demonstrate efficiency. I can’t think of any business not interested in their bottom-line; therefore, you can use examples of managing time appropriately to save money, achieve early project deadlines, or maintain a perfect punctuality record.
Most companies are working on projects, initiatives, or goals. If you can demonstrate the core skill sets of monitoring, following up, keeping tasks on time and cost effective, as well as the other skill sets that goes into project management. This may grap a potential employer’s attention. Better yet, if you’re really good at project management seek some sort of certification. It’ll come across as that much more impressive while serving as concrete proof of your expertise.
Every company has things that need organized. Organization, like time management has a way of keeping things effective and efficient. Don’t underestimate the power of this skill. Take a good hard look at what an employer is seeking. More times than not – you will be able to tie your impressive organization skills to show value and how you can benefit their company.
You know, sales skills require many underlying strengths – understanding a customer needs, the ability to listen, negotiation, initiative, confidence, and communication. You can relate your impressive sales skills in such a way to show benefit to any potential employer. This is a good list of transferable job skills to get you started. Really give some thought to those intangible skills that can transfer to a new job and bring benefit to a potential employer. It’s an exercise worth doing because the benefit can be that coveted job interview.