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Transferable skills when changing industries
Transferable skills are incredibly valuable when going through a career change or moving industries. These are the types of skills that all employers are looking for, and they could be the key to your dream job in a new sector – so it pays to highlight them on any job application.
To help you nail your key selling points on your resume and cover letter, we’ve collated a transferable skills list that you can use to impress prospective employers.
Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills a person can possess in their professional and personal lives. Every role today requires communication skills in some form, and professional success is virtually impossible without the ability to communicate effectively. Not only do good communication skills enable you to get your message across, but it also teaches you to listen to others and be a better team player. Key communication skills include the following.
- Listening to others empathetically, and considering their message before responding.
- Being able to write clearly, succinctly and in a professional manner.
- Being able to clearly express ideas and negotiate in face-to-face settings.
Consciously or not, most of us spend a lot of our time solving problems, ranging from innocuous concerns like where to get our morning coffee right through to how to spend the annual business budget. Everyone from the junior customer service representative to the CEO faces problems that need solving, so it’s all about being able to highlight examples of when you’ve used your problem-solving abilities to find a solution to an issue. This might include some of the following examples.
- Identifying and/or implementing new processes.
- Solving an issue for a customer or client.
- Identifying new tools or technologies to improve a process.
- Analysing issues or threats and identifying ways to mitigate risk.
Effective organisational skills are sought-after by employers because they demonstrate that you can complete work efficiently, even when under pressure. A major component of organisational skills is prioritisation – this is a juggling act that even some of the most seasoned professionals haven’t entirely mastered. Being well-organised and able to handle conflicting priorities is highly regarded across most industries.
- Time management
- Prioritisation and planning
- Research and analysis
- Administrative skills
Having managerial experience doesn’t necessarily mean you have solid leadership skills. Good leaders’ actions inspire others to think more, learn more, do more, and become more – in other words, they go above and beyond the role of “telling people what to do” to lead others to success. True leaders are highly sought after for management roles in every industry.
- Inspire and motivate teams.
- Set goals and monitor performance.
- Provide mentoring.
- Create succession plans.
- Build and strengthen teams.
With these four sets of core transferable skills highlighted on your resume, you’ll be well on your way to securing a new job.
Once you have updated your CV, upload it to our Job Match tool today and explore the roles that are most relevant to your skills and experiences. For more specialist advice, view all of our top tips on building a great cover letter and CV here.