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Career Change: Indentifying Transferable Skills

The most important factors affecting your ability to get a new job are your experience and skills. These are also the two most important factors affecting your ability to make a successful career change. You must be able to articulate and demostrate to potential employers that your experience and skills make you an attractive job candidate. Before you attempt a career change, or start applying for jobs, you need to make sure you have the necessary skills for the job and that you can effectively communicate your skills to potential employers.

This is why transferable skills are so important. You need to be able to identify all of the relevant skills that you’ve developed of your life and apply them to your new career. Now we’ll teach you exactly what transferable skills are and how they can help you.

What Are Transferable Skills?

As the name denotes, transferable skills are those skills that you have acquired from your professional and life’s experiences that can be applied to new job or career.

Transferable skills may include include personal skills (communication, ability to work well in teams, etc.), technical skills (web design, computer programming, repair, etc.) as well as analytical skills (research, analysis, finance, statistics, etc.)

In addition to specific transferable skills there are general transferable skills. General transferable skills are those skills that can be applied to a variety of career fields. These may include organizational and project management skills, leadership, etc.

Identifying Your Transferable Skills

The best way to identify transferable skills is to compare your current job to the job you’r looking for in your new career. Make a list of all of the job specifications, qualifications and responsibilities. Also make a list of all the job specifications for your new job. Compare these two lists and try to identify attributes that match up and are transferable from one job role to the other.

Often career changes must rely on skills they’ve developed outside of their professional life. Make a list of any and all skills you’ve developed over the course of your life and identify attribute that match up with your new job role.

Once you’ve identified your transferable skills its very important that you are able to demonstrate potential employers that you understand their needs and communicate how your transferable skills will meet those needs. Make sure to provide specific evidence of your skills and examples of how these skills are going to benefit your new employer.

We also recommend that you incorporate all of your transferable skills into your resume. Again, use specific examples to back up your skills. This will help you develop an attention-grabbing resume that improve your chances of a successful career change.