How to identify transferable skills

This article is recommended for individuals at any stage of their careers

How to identify & highlight your transferrable skills

Identifying your transferrable skills for a job application involves recognising the skills you have developed in one context that can be valuable in a different role or industry. Here are some steps to help you identify and highlight your transferrable skills.

Understand the job requirements

Start by carefully reviewing the job description and noting the key skills and qualifications needed for the position. This will give you a clear understanding of what the employer is looking for.

Reflect on your past experiences

Consider your previous roles, internships, volunteer work, or any other activities where you have gained skills. Think beyond job titles and focus on specific tasks, projects, and achievements. Make a list of the skills you used and developed during these experiences.

Analyse your skills

Review your list of past experiences and identify the skills that can be relevant to the job you are applying for. Look for skills that are transferable across industries or roles, such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, leadership, organisation, adaptability, and critical thinking.

Match skills to job requirements

Compare the skills you have identified with the job requirements. Highlight the skills that closely align with what the employer is seeking. Focus on the skills that are most essential for the role.

Provide examples

For each transferrable skill you identify, think of specific examples that demonstrate how you have used that skill effectively. These examples can be from your previous work experiences, academic projects, or personal endeavours. Be prepared to discuss these examples during interviews or include them in your application materials.

Customise your application

Tailor your resume, cover letter, and any other application materials to emphasise your transferrable skills. Highlight them in a dedicated skills section, incorporate them into your work experience bullet points, and discuss them in your cover letter. 

Continuously improve

Recognise that skills can always be developed and improved. Look for opportunities to enhance your transferrable skills through online courses, workshops, volunteering, or taking on new responsibilities at your current job. Continuously updating and expanding your skill set will make you a stronger candidate for future opportunities.

Remember, transferrable skills can be just as important as specific industry knowledge or technical expertise. By effectively identifying and articulating your transferrable skills, you can demonstrate to potential employers that you have the abilities needed to succeed in the role, even if you haven't worked in that particular field before.

How to identify transferable skills

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Now that you better understand how to identify transferable skills, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.

At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.

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Christian Madsen

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Christian Madsen

Managing Director of 11 Recruitment

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