Find the strength in you

Find the strength in you
18 Jun

What are your transferable skills.

Transferable skills are competencies you’ve developed that are needed for successful transition into a new position. It’s the knowledge and know how you have valued by a potential new employer. These skills are often understated on resumes and during interviews. However, transferable skills may actually be the difference between getting the job or not.

What do you bring to the role

In determining what your transferable skills are, you need to

  • Firstly understand the competencies needed in the desired role, you’ll find them in the advertisement or job spec
  • Secondly know what your skills or competencies are.

To understand your skills, begin with you current job. Analyse every aspect of the role , including responsibilities, projects you worked on and the role you played, relationships you built and accomplishments made. Break the role down into competencies. Depending on your situation you may also look for transferable skills outside of the workplace. This is especially relevant for jobseekers looking for their first job or re-entering the workforce after an extended break.

School, sport, volunteering, hobbies, course work, organisations, life experiences and challenges all play a part in building hard and soft skills. Furthermore, it tells your story and helps differentiate yourself from the crowd.

Leverage your strengths.

Next step is convincing a hiring manager. This is easy if your next move is a step up in the same industry. Showcasing your transferable skills to a hiring manager in an industry in which you have little or no experience maybe harder but will be your strongest asset when successful.

When creating your resume and cover letter, you must make the connection between job requirements and your transferable skills clear. Put yourself in the reader’s shoes and highlight skills that support your application. It’s the little things that count. If presenting information, and attention to detail are important then make sure your application reflects this.

The interview is your opportunity to tell the potential employer why you can do the job. Be clear and specific when showcasing your skills. Describing your actions in defusing a situation and the outcome is much more effective than saying that you are “good at handling conflict.” Behavioral interviewing techniques means you provide real life examples. Prepare by having a variety of different examples that showcase transferable skills you have and show why they are important for success in the role applied for.

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Craig Michilis

Craig Michilis

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