Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need


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Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need :

An Initiative of Shivnandani Industries Pvt Ltd & Jagdamb Janaki Nawal Janaki Society By Col Mukteshwar Prasad( Retd ), M Tech,CE,FIE (I), FIETE,FISLE,FInstOD,AMCSI Transferable Skills Job Seekers Need

Transferable Skill:

Transferable Skill you’re ready to move on in your career. The problem? You have little to no experience in your new chosen field. While formal training and education may boost your appeal for prospective employers, you probably already possess many of the skills they’re looking for. “ Transferable skills ” are the capabilities you’ve learned and demonstrated in your current role that also apply to the new role. Typically, transferable skills are soft skills—those dealing with people, communication, creativity, problem solving, and leadership, for example. Hard skills are technical or procedural, and they’re a little harder (though not impossible) to transfer from one career to another. When shaping your resume and cover letter and preparing for interviews, you want to highlight your transferable skills.

How to highlight transferable skill:

How to highlight transferable skill 1. Identify What You Need Take a look at the job descriptions in your new chosen field. What skills and qualifications are they seeking? Visit professional associations and conduct informational interviews to gather additional, underpublicized information about the role and/or industry. 2. Identify What You Have There might not be a perfect, easy-to-see match, and that’s okay. You are free to be creative here. Start by looking at your work experience. Examine every aspect of your role including day-to-day responsibilities, projects in which you played a part, and various tasks you handled. Break down the steps involved and identify the combination of skills that each required. And finally, compare your list of skills to the list of desired skills and see where there’s overlap. Those are your transferable skills.

How to highlight transferable skill:

How to highlight transferable skill For example: As a Chef, Ram was responsible for preparing the kitchen, managing inventory, and supervising the kitchen staff, among other things. Ram is now interested in changing his career path and he’s set his sights on an entry-level position in the marketing department of a busy real estate firm. He has identified the following transferable skills: Organization Time Management Project Management Team Work Quick Decision-making Composure Under Pressure Creativity Problem-solving Ability to Motivate Others Multi-tasking Budget Management Delegation

How to highlight transferable skill:

How to highlight transferable skill Ram also demonstrated a lot of leadership skill in his role as a Chef and, though his new role doesn’t specifically require it, he may want to highlight this as well. Doing so may help prospective employers see him as a potential future manager. You can also look for transferable skills outside of the workplace. This is especially important for those re-entering the workforce after an extended period of unemployment as well as recent graduates. Consider the following: School experience Volunteer work Hobbies Other life experiences

How to highlight transferable skill:

How to highlight transferable skill Here’s another example: After graduating from college, Melissa took a year off to travel oversees, during which time she held a variety of short-term positions at cafes and coffee shops. She is now looking to start her career in event planning. Looking at her experience traveling, she has found the following transferable skills: Budget Management Travel Planning Cultural Awareness Organization Time Management Customer Service Project Management Multi-tasking

How to highlight transferable skill:

How to highlight transferable skill How To Use Your Transferable Skills Whether identifying your transferable skills in a cover letter, resume, or interview, it’s important to cite specific examples of when and how the skills were used. Prospective employers aren’t interested in generic statements. They need proof. Some career advisors recommend using a “skills resume” or “functional resume” when you’re relying on transferable skills more than experience in the field. However, these resumes tend to send up red flags for prospective employers, as they can appear to hide information. Recommend, if at all possible, using the typical chronological format while still focusing on the transferable skills you demonstrated in each of your previous positions. Write a cover letter that describes your passion for this new field and why your unusual background makes you uniquely qualified. And then get out there and network. When you’re breaking into a new field with little to no experience, you’re better off relying on non-traditional job search methods.

Transferable skills:

Transferable skills Communication In almost every career, from banking to the hospitality industry, good communication skills are vital. Advantage to articulate your ideas in writing as well as orally. Since communication normally involves more than one party, you should be a good listener as well. Employers often look for people who can negotiate with employees in an objective manner. Analytical Skills This is a vital skill in almost every field of work mainly because majority of businesses generate revenue by solving problems that clients face daily. For example, cloud-computing companies provide data storage solutions, thereby they ensure that their clients have a backup of data stored on site, employees can access company data on the go, as well as providing secure storage. In such an environment, analytical skills are likely to come in handy when clients face problems such as problems uploading data or updating certain files. To solve such problems, one would have to identify and define the problem parameters. This skill also involves collecting and analyzing data in order to design creative solutions to complex problems.

Transferable skills:

Transferable skills Leadership Most organizations and business enterprises employ more than one employee. Because of this, it may not be possible to have all the employees in leadership positions. Therefore, a few employees who show the ability to lead generally take charge of the others. Leadership is all about motivating fellow employees and leading them to work towards a common goal. In addition, leaders analyze tasks and set priorities for the other employees as well as identify and allocate resources that employees need. Information Management Skills Traditionally memory required for sales, purchases, and salaries in-house not most cases, this data was no more than a few gigabytes. Now social net working,e -commerce, and the large number of data points generated by businesses has upended the traditional model of managing information. As a result, most employers need employees who can sort and present data objects in an understandable manner. Information management also involves evaluating and synthesizing information against industry standards. Industries where you can apply this skill set include finance, education, manufacturing, and print media.

Transferable skills:

Transferable skills Project Management Project managers are in high demand in many industries. Your work as a project manager will involve planning projects, assessing potential risks associated with the project, allocating project finances appropriately, and overseeing the execution of the project on time. You can use this transferable skill in industries such as education, energy, consulting, and even the military.


Conclusion The job sector is becoming increasingly competitive with every passing day. Hence need to broaden horizons when searching for a job. Leverage the power of transferable skills acquired in previous jobs to get ahead of the competition. These include analytical skills, project management, communication, leadership, and information management skills. The annual survey carried out has shown that the majority off employers prefers candidates with transferable skills.

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