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As we talked about in my last post, it's essential to remember the power of transferable skills. Whether you're looking to make a career change or trying to find a way to make past experience relevant to your sought-after role, these skills can make you more marketable against the competition and help you establish a strong personal brand.

Curious as to how you can effectively use these skills to your advantage? It's not as scary as it may seem! Here are four steps to prepare for your next interview.

1. Network The more people in your network, the more opportunities and the more advice you'll come across! Start building relationships with people in your desired field. Ask questions, and once you've built up enough credibility and trust, use them as a mentor! Hint, hint: Jobcase is a GREAT tool for this ;)

2. Read the job description Take a close look at the job description you're interested in. Be sure to jot down any skills that you have obtained from past experiences that could benefit you in the desired role. Think big! Don't be afraid to write down skills even if they seem loosely related.

3. Craft your story Transferable skills can be very powerful, but only if you can prove that you've actually obtained them! 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 is one way you plan on preparing for your next interview? Share in the comments below!

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Ana A. Bejarano
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I got a large Experience during more than 20 years with my career as administrative bilingual secretary.

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This is some great advice with helpful examples of how to frame your skills in a different light. Changing careers can be scary, but with a creative mindset you can translate your experience in one field to something that is valuable for another!

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