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One thing that concerns many people when it comes to writing their resume is lack of experience. They worry that what they have accomplished thus far is not enough, or not directly applicable to another position they are seeking. For those who are looking to switch careers, this can seem even truer. They are just starting out in another field where they may not have much direct experience at all.

However, when hiring managers are looking at your resume, they are considering many different things. Even if you do not have a wealth of experience in one particular area, your transferable skills can help to support your candidacy. They can show potential employers that you are capable of adapting and have a strong foundation that will allow you to excel in the position.

What are Transferable Skills?

Transferable skills are those that are applicable across many industries. They may have been gained through work, school, volunteering, or other opportunities. However, they can be used effectively in many different job settings. Oftentimes they lean toward soft skills, but not always. There are many hard skills that can be transferable as well.

Examples of transferable skills include:

– Communication
– Problem solving
– Leadership
– Teamwork
– Adaptability
– Technical skills
– Analysis

Determining Your Transferable Skills

Think about all of the different experiences you have had, whether professionally, as a volunteer, during academic work, or in other areas. All of these experiences have equipped you with valuable skills that make you a more well-rounded person. Read through job descriptions of positions that you are interested in and pick out what qualifications they are looking for. Make a list to see how your past experiences support you in accomplishing these things.

Perhaps you spearheaded a fundraiser for your child’s baseball team. Consider all of the things that you had to do to make that happen and what the results were. Leadership, marketing, problem solving, sales, connecting with sponsors – these are just a few of the skills that may apply that you can expand upon. While the actual activity may not seem directly related, you most likely gained knowledge and skills that are.

Where Do Transferable Skills Appear?

These skills can be integrated throughout your resume. The summary of qualifications and core competencies sections are great places to highlight these strengths. These key words stand out to hiring managers as they take their first glance at your resume and are targeted by resume scanners. You can also include these skills in other sections such as professional experience and volunteer work.

If you are using a functional resume, these are the types of accomplishments that you would highlight in the top portion to show what you bring to the table. The same goes for your cover letter. You can highlight transferable skills that directly correlate with what the employer is asking for in the job description. Also, during the interview process you will have the opportunity to elaborate even more to show a stronger connection.

Whether you are looking to switch jobs or careers, Chic Resumes by Grammar Chic can help you to maximize the impact of your skills and experiences.

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