Why bother to create a transferable skills list?

transferable skills

So really, why bother with a transferable skills list?

You know when you want a new job.  Maybe you need a new challenge, maybe you want some extra responsibility or maybe your circumstances have changed.  What’s your first move?  Dust off your CV? Start looking on job sites?  I bet in most circumstances you won’t have answered “create a transferable skills list” which would be unfortunate as having such a list will increase your chances of job hunting success!

What are they?

Transferable skills are skills developed over time but may apply to multiple situations, not just the one they were developed in.  For example, in your current role you may have been expected to run your department’s budget.  This skill isn’t just tied to your current role, instead it is a skill you could apply to any future role.

Who might benefit?

  • If you are feeling low on confidence about your work, or maybe you’ve been out of work for a while, then creating a transferable skills list might really help you to see just how many talents you have and see how employable you are.
  • When changing career, knowing how your non-industry specific skills will transfer to your chosen career path is imperative.  Read more here if you are in the process of changing careers to find out what else you need to consider.
  • If you are thinking about promotion, discover how past skills might support your applications
  • Looking for a new role?  Maybe you disregarding jobs or industries because you don’t understand how your skills will translate, how many extra job applications could you be making?
  • After a gap from the workplace, it is easy to forget your skills worth, completing a transferable skills list will make sure you apply for jobs that pay for your actual skill level.

 What are the benefits to knowing your transferable skills?

  • You know how to expand your job search to include roles outside of your direct industry but within your skill set.
  • Challenge assumptions of yourself
  • See the true value of your skill set and know your worth in the job market
  • Re-consider the type of job/role you want

What to do next?

By creating a transferable skills list, you are giving yourself clarity about what skills you have, because if you don’t know what you are good at, how can you sell yourself?  First things first, how do you go about identifying your transferable skills?  This method here will work to help you identify them, it’s something to do over a few sessions to make sure you capture everything.  Once you are happy with them, consider:
Do they change the type of career you want?
Do they open any other jobs to you?
Could you move industries and still use the same skills

Actions to take

Update your CV and LinkedIn
Have a look for jobs using these new key words
Identify any new potential contacts/employers
Check out this post to think about other things could could do to help you get the job you want.
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