A list of transferable skills help you

A list of transferable skills may be just what you need



What are transferable skills? They are the skills and abilities that transfer from job to job no matter which position(s) you have held in the past.

One of the things that make these skills so valuable is that they can be used in such a wide array of work settings.

For instance, everyone needs problem solving skills, whether you are a general contractor or a financial analyst. That skill transfers from position to position regardless of what the job title is.

How can this be used to benefit your resume – and your job search in general?

When you create or revise your resume, there are a number of things to consider. The first and most important consideration is how you are going to ensure that your resume specifically speaks to the prospective employer's needs.

An employer wants to know:

  1. Are you qualified to do the job?
  2. Will you get along well with the people in the organization?
  3. How quickly will you contribute to the bottom line?
  4. Can I provide an appropriate salary for both of us?
  5. Will you stay with the company?
You need to be able to handle these questions by using key words that puts an employer at ease, especially with your resume (but also in an interview setting). Create your resume so that these questions are addressed in subtle, but effective ways.
Here is a list of transferable skills (some of them, at least). Which ones apply to you?

  • Writing
  • Analyzing
  • Conducting research
  • Organizing
  • Advocating
  • Delegating
  • Public speaking
  • Estimating
  • Forecasting
  • Planning
  • Management
  • Computer literacy
  • Work well under pressure
  • Foreign language skills
  • Sign language skills
  • Coordinate events
  • Teach/Train others
  • Negotiation skills
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Team player
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Decision-making skills
  • Creative thinking skills


When you can incorporate these (and other) transferable skills into your resume and cover letter, you will be making the job of a hiring manager much easier. He or she will see that you have a lot to offer – over and above your specific job qualifications.

If you are finished reading about this list of transferable skills, follow this link to read an article about using these Transferable Skills


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