When working with students and talking about how they will market themselves to an employer, an important step I ask students to take is to remember to reflect on what their transferable skills are. Many times, however, I get the question of what a transferable skill is.
In simple terms, transferable skills are applicable skills you have gained through activities in your life including; a sport, a club, classes or projects, hobbies, a volunteer or a study abroad experience for which you can apply to a field of interest.
By identifying your transferable skills early on in the job search process, you will market your skills more effectively within your application and during your interview. Your resume will have clearer description statements within your resume and you’ll feel more confident answering questions regarding your experiences, student involvement, academics or study abroad experiences and how they have prepared you for the position. It’s important to re-examine your transferable skills for each position you apply to because each position might require different skill sets. Try using the job posting to help you identify the skills needed for the position, then re-examine your experiences to see how you have obtained the necessary skills for the particular job.
Click here to find a checklist of transferable skills. You can use this checklist to help you identify your transferable skills. If you have questions on how to go about this step, connect with a career counselor in Career Services either through a Drop-In or by scheduling an appointment. We’d be happy to discuss this further with you.