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What are your transferable skills?

During our lifetime we acquire many skills and abilities. These can come from our employment, education, volunteer experiences, sports participation, parenting and numerous other avenues.  Many of our life experiences can contribute to our repertoire of skills and abilities that can be applied to a new position or career.  Some of these skills can be referred to as “soft skills” they are non-technical. These could include, but are not limited to, interpersonal skills, time management/organizational skills, etc… “Hard skills” are technical skills that can be transferred, such as math skills, graphic design skills, etc… 

Transferable skills become extremely important when embarking on a new career path. Many individuals have skills that they don’t realize can transfer to a new career. The job seeker should utilize the employer’s job description, with its stated qualifications, to relate transferable skills to the position. One key to securing an interview is a resume which showcases one’s transferable skills. Consider placing these skills in the top one-third of the resume, directly below the contact information and job objective.  It is also important to then provide concrete examples of specific accomplishments in order substantiate performance.