The Power of Transferable Skills

When I was preparing for a #CareerChange, I was nervous because I felt as though I didn't have enough relevant experience for my desired role. Luckily, I realized the tremendous amount of transferable skills I had learned from my internships and many years in the hospitality industry. Transferable skills are innate skills that are non-job specific and can be used across any occupation. Many are commonly known as soft skills, and they include things like problem-solving, leadership, communication and time management.

I didn't have any prior experience dealing with external partners in an office setting, one of the job requirements. However, I knew I was skilled in communicating with others! I was very comfortable interacting with various audiences thanks to my experience as a server. This proved to be an excellent talking point during my phone screening!

So whether you are looking to make a career change or trying to find a way to make past experience relevant to your sought-after role, it is essential to remember the power of transferable skills. By investing in these skills, you can make yourself more marketable against the competition and establish a strong personal brand.

Here are three steps to prepare your narrative for your next interview:

1. Read the job description
Take a close look at the job description provided. Be sure to jot down any skills that you have obtained from past experiences that could benefit you in the desired role. 

2. Craft your story
Yes, transferable skills can be very powerful, but only if you can prove that you have actually obtained them! Be sure you can provide an example of how you have demonstrated it in your work. It's a good idea to have a few stories that can illustrate how you have successfully utilized transferable skills throughout your experience. Here's an example of how to demonstrate your ability to creatively problem solve.

I have a great track record of generating new and exciting ideas at the nonprofit I regularly volunteer for. My creative thinking resulted in a unique volunteer opportunity where we partnered with a local children's hospital to design and sell holiday cards as a fundraising initiative.

3. Know your worth
Maybe you're shooting for a warehouse supervisor role, but feel as though your past package delivery experience isn't enough - wrong! You must value your own background if you want a future employer to do the same. This is what it can look like:

As a delivery driver, I was responsible for multiple pickups and deliveries daily while maintaining a strict schedule. This taught me how to effectively manage my time and motivate my team to stay on track. I believe these skills would benefit me greatly in a warehouse supervisor role, and I could draw on them from day one.

What are some #TransferableSkills you have?!

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