Some of the things that we can do that we don’t even think about can make us more appealing to employers. Transferable Skills are all of those little personal traits, habits, and “life-hacks” that we accumulate through our experiences and professional development. These tend to be the most difficult points to spin into something that sounds impressive. Let’s face it, who isn’t going to say that they’re organized, hard-working, a team player, creative, and helpful? In order to make these points presentable, and maybe come up with a few you hadn’t thought of, it helps to understand that the majority of these transferable skills can be divided into social, organizational, technical, and leadership skills.
Social skills are essentially made up of two things: How you are in dealing with people, and how effectively you can communicate thoughts and ideas (some may call these communication skills). With regards to how you are with people, are you a people-person? Are you able to empathize with the issues people have? Needless to say, this is a big plus. Communication skills, on the other hand, refer to things like literacy and articulation. Are you able to explain how something works in a way that someone who’s unfamiliar can pick it up and understand it?
Organizational skills are huge, the two most important ones would have to be time management and the ability to meet deadlines. Do you respond to your messages regularly and in a timely fashion? Are you able to delegate your work time and personal time effectively?
Technical skills are practical skills that display the means in which you get your work done as well as what kind of work you can get done. Can you use Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.)? Can you use the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator, etc.)? Can you edit video or audio files? Do you know how to operate a forklift?
Lastly, leadership skills. If you’ve never been in a management position, this may be one of the most difficult categories to articulate. Are you able to consider multiple options and come to a decision quickly? Do you step up when a volunteer is needed? Do people value your opinion and look to you for guidance in strenuous situations? Consider where these circumstances apply to you. Some leaders are born, the rest are forged by circumstance.