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Transferable Skills and How to Identify Them for Your Resume

Career Falcon 21 August, 2020

Transferable skills are the tricky, secret code language of job postings and resumes. The people who understand what these skills are and how they will affect your resume and job application have an edge on those who don't. So, let's look at what transferable skills are and how you can identify them for your resume.

What are Transferable Skills?

Transferable skills are skills that are applicable to all types of jobs. They are useful in order to do any task well. These are the skills that make someone a great employee. Here are the most common transferable skills:

  • Technical
  • Communication
  • Multi-tasking
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Leadership


How To Identify Transferable Skills

The best way to identify these skills for your resume is to go down the list one at a time, write that skill on a piece of paper and then give some thought to how you executed those types of tasks at your previous jobs. What technical skills did you use every day? List all of those. How did communication play in your job role? In what ways did you multi-task? Did you work well on teams at any point? When did you show creativity? Were you ever required to take on a leadership role?

Not only will your future employers want to see that you have these skills, but they will also want you to quickly list out examples of how you used these skills on a daily basis or when you used these skills at your previous job. If you obtained these skills through non-work related experience, don't be afraid to list that as well. It doesn't matter where you picked the skill up from, the point is that you have it and you can show a real example of how you have used it.

Transferable skills are an important part of your resume. Make sure you give plenty of time and attention to this.