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Identifying Transferable Skills For Your Resume

Identifying Transferable Skills For Your Resume

Resume writing is not an easy thing to work on or even complete under the best of circumstances, and the process can be challenging when you're hoping to change careers or take on a job that's slightly outside of your areas of expertise. How do you properly demonstrate to employers that you’ve got what it takes to do the job even when you haven’t actually done it previously? By leveraging transferable skills, you can build an effective career change resume.

Transferable job skills are definitely worth their weight in gold. Considering that workers who lost their jobs during Covid-19 went ahead and switched industries and 4% switched their overall career path. How did all these ambitious candidates convince employers that they were capable of doing the new job? 

What Are Transferable Skills?

Transferable skills are currently valuable skills that we bring with us from job to job. According to some experts, we all possess these portable skills that can be broken down into three categories;

  • People (communicating, teaching, coaching and supervising),
  • Data (record keeping, researching, translating and compiling data),
  • Things (operating computers, equipment and repairing).

If you’re seeking a career change, there’s a good chance that some of your current skills are transferable and applicable to your new career choice. The difficult part is figuring out which skills are more desirable and repackaging them on your resume in order to appeal to your target audience. Read further to find out how to do so.

Step 1: Locating Transferable Skills

The first step is all about your research. Once you know what skills employers want, you can start building your transferable skills strategy by utilizing these resources;

  • Job ads: Searching for your target job online and reviewing all of the frequently requested skills in the subsequent job postings. Look for relevant experiences that are related to the skills that you developed via another career, hobby, educational pursuit or other activity.
  • Industry networking: Speak with experienced workers in your target field, read trade publications, study employer marketing materials, network at industry events and connect with industry associations in order to learn which skills are in demand.

Step 2: Pinpoint Your Personal Transferable Skills

U.S. recruiters want candidates to better articulate their transferable skills on their resume. After identifying the skills that employers want, you can discover the transferable skills that you have through self-analysis and various skills-assessment tools. 

Try writing down your target job skills requirements, transferable skills and relevant accomplishments by using this chart:

Skills required for your new job



Transferable skills



Relevant accomplishments

Skill #1:



Skill #2:



Skill #3:



Skill #4:



Skill #5:



Skill #6:



Skill #7:



Skill #8:




Step 3: Add These Transferable Skills to Your Resume

Now you can add your transferable skills to your resume, preferably in a prominent position so that they stand out. Your professional summary section is the best place to highlight skills that are relevant to the position that you're seeking.

In order to take your resume to the next level, don't just list your skills outright. Show how you’ve used them in your resume's experience section. There are various approaches that you can take to outlining your accomplishments. Whether you rely on self-analysis or assessment tools to develop your list of accomplishments, stay focused on the employer’s needs. Incorporating relevant, transferable skills in your resume can accurately reflect skills that are developed and can easily transfer to a new career.

Five Professional Development Tips To Help You Stay Relevant

Five Professional Development Tips To Help You Stay Relevant

Nobody wants to look like a dinosaur in their industry. Staying relevant in your field isn’t an easy task. Unfortunately, a number of mid-level workers don’t bother with further professional development. Hiring managers want to see that you’re invested in your professional development, no matter what stage you’re at in your career. This shows initiative and curiosity as well as demonstrating an understanding that you can always learn new things. In order to be competitive, companies need to be at the forefront of their industry and adopt new innovations and in turn setting the standard for others to follow. By adopting a similar work ethic, you’ll be a strong candidate.

Use the following steps to commit to your professional development and stay relevant in your industry.

Focus On Your Skills Development

Keeping your skills current is crucial. In order to do that, you’ll have to take ownership of your professional development. Be proactive and don’t rely on your company to show you the way forward. To determine what skills are in demand look at job postings for positions that are above your current role. Once you’ve identified the skills that you’re looking to gain, take a targeted approach by seeking out both internal and external training opportunities. Seek out online classes to help you brush up on specific skills and you can learn at your own pace from your computer or mobile device.

Network, Network, Network!

Building relationships with your industry peers will enable you to gain a broader perspective of what is really going on in your field, while also learning new work styles and problem-solving approaches. You can start by meeting employees of different ages at your current company and then branch out to industry professionals that are outside of your employer.

Continuing to expand your professional network will also help you improve your visibility within the industry. Networking should be part of your daily tasks. Ideally, you want to focus on forming relationships with thought leaders in your field and people who have already proven their ability to stay relevant in your industry.

Build A Presence On Social Media

In today’s workplace, simply being on social media isn’t enough. To fully leverage these platforms, you have to be actively using these sites. This means taking the time to share other people’s tweets or posts, actively commenting on industry news and building your follower base. Consistency is key. Looking to establish yourself as an expert on a certain topic? Consider starting a blog on the subject and use your social media profiles to drive traffic to the site.

Improving Your Visibility Within The Industry

You don’t necessarily need an invitation to take an active role within a professional association. Try getting on the speaking docket or moderating a panel discussion at an industry conference. Anything that helps you gain exposure and establish yourself as a leader in your field. Talk to conference organizers and past speakers in order to find opportunities. If you’re not comfortable in front of a microphone, take a public speaking course through an organization like Toastmasters. In addition, asking your boss to let you take on high-profile projects can help you improve your visibility at your organization. 

Applying For Awards

Don’t be afraid to promote your career achievements thus far. No matter what job you currently have or the industry that you are in, chances are good that there is an organization that is handing out honors within your industry. To focus your efforts, consider researching what accolades your role models have received and then apply for those awards or honors. Awards aren’t just for individuals. If you are part of a team or even manage a team, then nominate yourselves for industry awards. Anything that brings positive attention to your achievements is worth seeking out.

Seven Ways To Be An Optimal Team Player

Seven Ways To Be An Optimal Team Player

More than ever, it's evident that teamwork is important and workers worldwide need to collaborate on a daily basis. Looking to participate? In order to increase your own productivity levels, you have to be a collaborative team player and aim to help others in your quest.

To be a leader and team player, you have to be capable of working with a diverse network of people. Teamwork isn't just good for company morale during these difficult times but it also sets you up for greater success at your current job. Teamwork brings different points of view together and allows for creativity to thrive. You also have reliable people that you can reach out to for support, which means that there is less personal responsibility required.

What’s the best way to go about working with other professionals? Check out these seven ways to be an optimal team player.

  1. Meet All Project Deadlines

To earn your coworkers' trust, you have to be someone that they can count on. You want to establish yourself as reliable, i.e. someone who produces a high caliber of work in a timely fashion in order to meet deadlines. Staying true to your word is pertinent during group collaborations. If you miss a deadline, it can ultimately affect the outcome for the entire team.

  1. Remain Open

Being an integral part of a team is remaining open to other people's input. That means focusing on your listening skills and accepting criticism from your co-workers. For instance, after completing a group assignment, you can ask your peers for suggestions on how to improve your approach on your next project.

  1. Be Appreciative Regarding Other People's Work Styles

Strategizing on how you can work well with a variety of people can be challenging in today's diverse workforce. Making an effort to understand how each of your colleagues works can help you become a better team player. By tailoring your communication style towards different personalities, it can help you avoid problems with co-workers and collaborate more efficiently

  1. Adapt More Readily

Keep in mind that not all work that you do is going to result in praise as there will be your fair share of mishaps. If you get upset it prohibits any progress that you’ve made so far in your journey. Flexibility will be one of your key traits as a team player. So the next time you come across a problem, make sure you respond with care. 

  1. Avoiding Any Office Politics

Strong teamwork compatibility is important for a healthy work culture. Office politics can create a toxic work environment—even when you're working remotely—but you don't have to be a part of it. Stay out of the rumor mill. In order to achieve this, I always treat my coworkers with dignity and respect. If you have a specific issue with a coworker, try to address it with the person directly before bringing it to upper management.

  1. Focusing on the Shared Team Goals

You always want to distinguish yourself as a top performer. However it's still important to focus on the long term outlook when collaborating on a group project. At the heart of being a team player is being willing to put the team's interests above your own. 

  1. Celebrate Your Peers' Achievements

One of the easiest ways to build great relationships with coworkers is to give credit when and where it's due. Team players are humble and these types of people have no problem pointing out the contributions of others. They look to share credit while emphasizing the team over themselves and defining success collectively rather than individually. At your next department meeting, take a minute to publicly thank that coworker for helping you put together last week's client presentation. By celebrating a coworker's success, the other person will most likely do the same for you at some point.