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Transferable Skills: How to Identify Them

You have skills — and some of them will help you in a wide range of roles. If you know your transferable skills, you’ll be able to promote them to your current employer or prospective new ones. And, at this point, you’ll be well equipped to land your dream job. 

What Are Transferable Skills?

There are many skills you can use to build a professional career. Some of these skills apply specifically to your role or industry. Others are transferable and can be utilised in many different ways. 

Examples of skills that are transferable include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Organisation
  • Planning
  • Conflict resolution
  • Patience

You may have dozens of transferable skills without even realizing it. Yet, once you understand all of the skills you have, you’ll be able to promote them effectively. This can ultimately help you get the job you want. 

How to Identify Your Transferable Skills  

Don’t wait any longer to identify your transferable skills — here are three tips to help you do just that. 

1. Consider the Skills You Display on a Day-to-Day Basis

Make a list of some of the things you do in a given day at work or at home. This can give you a good idea about your skills that may be transferable from one job to the next. For instance, if you frequently engage with peers and clients at work via phone, email, and other channels, you may have outstanding communication skills. Or, if you are in a leadership role where you’re often forced to make decisions that impact you and your entire organisation, you may have great decision-making skills. 

2. Think About Which of Your Skills Are Most Impactful

Once you have your list of transferable skills, rank them in terms of impact. The skills you see as most impactful can help you fine-tune your career path. Meanwhile, if there are certain skills that could use some work, take measures to improve them. You can enroll in classes or workshops that focus on these skills. Also, you can find mentors who can help you gain the skills you need to succeed in your desired job. 

3. Show Employers How You Use Your Skills

Find examples of how you utilise your skills to help others. These examples illustrate the transferable skills you have and how you apply them to everyday activities. You may be able to use them in a cover letter or resume to explain why an employer should hire you over someone else, too. 

Take Some Time to Identify Your Transferable Skills

Your skillset can make or break your career. If you have skills that are transferable, highlight them to employers. These skills can help you stand out from other job candidates. They may allow you to land a great job that leads to a rewarding career. 

Lastly, if you want help in your search for your dream job, Elby Professional Recruitment can assist. We can learn about you and your skillset and connect you with top employers in your industry. To get started, explore our job board today. 

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