Have you ever wondered “How did they get that job?” or “How did they start that business?” The answer lies in the person’s ability to demonstrate transferable skills and successfully market themselves. Although, two roles, work positions, or team positions may seem very different at first glance, transferable skills help you shine among other candidates by highlighting the connection between those two roles and prove that you are a qualified candidate. You must first have an understanding of your transferable skills and then be able to match them with the role or job you want next. By doing, so this will allow you to better bridge the gap. So, what are transferable skills? Transferable skills are the abilities, talents, and qualities that you have developed over time through your involvement in a variety of activities such as jobs, volunteering, athletics, school projects, organizations, hobbies, social groups, etc. If not positioned correctly, these skills can be overlooked on a resume or by a hiring manager and these skills may be your strongest assets. Although transferable skills may not seem immediately obvious, they are skills that will take your career or personal dreams to the next level when applied correctly.
EXAMPLES OF TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:
• Speaking effectively • Writing concisely • Listening Effectively • Expressing ideas • Facilitating group discussion • Providing well-balanced feedback • Negotiating • Perceiving nonverbal messages • Persuading • Accurately Reporting information • Interviewing • Editing
Planning & Research:
• Forecasting • Developing Ideas • Identifying problems • Developing Alternatives • Capturing Resources • Gathering information • Solving issues • Goal Setting • Pulling key insights from data • Defining needs • Analyzing • Developing strategies • Creating Timelines • Peer Idea Evaluation • Clearly outline data • Detail Oriented
• Initiating new ideas • Handling details • Coordinating tasks • Working in groups • Delegating responsibility • Teaching • Coaching • Counseling • Promoting change • Selling ideas or products • Decision-making with others • Conflict Resolution • Timeline Management • Leadership Training • Identification of Behavioral Trends • Creating Healthy Team Based Environments • Emotional Intelligence • Leadership Presence • Skill Development • Self-Starter
• Implementing decisions • Cooperating • Enforcing policies • Being punctual • Managing time • Attending to detail • Meeting goals • Enlisting help • Accepting responsibility • Setting and meeting deadlines • Organizing • Making decisions • Inclusion • Appropriate Delegation • Professional Image • Self-Awareness
Professional Interpersonal Skills:
• Developing rapport • Expressing empathy • Listening • Conveying feelings appropriately • Providing support for others • Motivating others • Sharing credit • Counseling • Cooperating • Delegating with respect • Representing others • Perceiving feelings, situations • Asserting • Providing Solutions • Acting as Mediator •Work well under pressure
JOB SEEKERS LOOKING TO APPLY KNOWLEDGE OF TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:
Review the skills in the example listed above and ask yourself when you may have applied these skills in your professional career or life experiences. Next, print this article and highlight those skills. Then circle the skills that you enjoy implementing. When developing your resume and or reading a job description, ask yourself if the desirable skills are included in your resume and or job that you are pursuing. If not, include these skills in your resume and look for positions that include the skills that you enjoy implementing.
FOR THOSE LOOKING TO MARKET THEIR SKILLS TO AN AUDIENCE:
Almost, all skills are transferable, but the trick is showing your audience how they benefit from utilizing your skills. Start with understanding what needs your audience has. Understand what problem you are able to solve for your target audience. Do this by analyzing your target audience and working backward. Compare the desires of your target audience with your skills and find the similarities. Next, pitch your skills in a format that best connects with your clients. This may be through e-mail, social media, blogging, or face to face contact. Ultimately, effective listening will be key in understanding your client’s needs. Initially, the practice of understanding your transferable skills may be difficult. Research, on-line training, articles, and classroom style training can help. If you are in the Atlanta, GA area and would like to learn more about understanding and marketing your transferable skills, check out the Events For Less- “Understanding & Applying Your Transferable Skills Boot-Camp”