When you are seeking a new career it is really important to know your transferable skills. You might be moving to a different function with your existing employer, moving to a new business sector e.g. retailing to banking, moving to a new function in a new sector. Unfortunately many people just don’t consider how talented they are.
Here we give you all you need to know to identify your transferable skills. By using this approach with our career coaching clients they have successfully made the career move they were looking for.
Definition of Transferable Skills
In career coaching we are forever coming across all sorts of definitions of transferable skills. Some people are very specific; we tend to go for a broad definition so our clients don’t miss out a valuable talent that may be useful to an employer. Our view is that any talent that you have that you can use in another role is a transferable skill. So transferable skills will include technical, professional and behavioural skills. They may be from you career, but equally may come from something you do outside work e.g. athletics coaching.
How To Identify Transferable Skills
A good start point is to go back through each role you have done and to consider the things you were told (or you know) you did well. This list is likely to include many technical and professional skills. Some examples to get you thinking are:
- Budget management
- Project management
- Managing meetings
- Recruiting staff
- Training staff
- Making presentations
- Customer relationships
I am sure you get the idea. These kind skills are relevant in many jobs in a wide range of organisations.
These are behaviours that make you successful and here is a list of competencies that you might have:
- Drive for Results
- Team working
- Decision making
- Courage and Conviction
- Problem Solving
- Planning and organising
- Inter-personal Skills
- Impact and Influencing Skills
How to Use the Skills
The real trick is to identify the skills required in the job that you want. You should then check to see where you have those key skills and tailor your CV to show them. For a career change this might be better done on a Skills Based CV. There are articles on the site which describe how to write a targeted traditional or skills based CV. For your CV and interviews you should think about achievements where you have that used the transferable skills. In this way you can demonstrate how good you are e.g. I used my planning and organising skills to develop and successfully implement a £20m sales promotion across 500 retail shops across Europe.
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