JOB SEARCH TIP: What are “transferrable skills” and why should I care?

7 Jul

I recently corresponded with a friend who heard a colleague of mine talk a job fair about a concept back in the 1990’s that was important if you wanted to make a career change, a concept that is just as important today.

That concept is called “transferrable skills”.

Transferrable skills are those you have acquired in your current and prior work that could be applied, or transferred, to a new employer and/or industry.

A friend of mine had just finished a graduate management program. She also had been involved in coaching. Although those two experiences, at first glance, might not tell a story, I saw an opportunity for her to combine those experiences to tell a prospective employer about her leadership training and experiences. She showed them how those experiences made her a strong candidate.

She got the job.

You too have a story to tell, where you can show an employer how seemingly unrelated experiences or skills can be just what an employer would value.

There are training videos on the web site of my faith community and a handout. This content is free:

#career #careercoach #jobhunting #careers #jobsearch


2 Responses to “JOB SEARCH TIP: What are “transferrable skills” and why should I care?”

  1. leadershipomaha July 7, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

    This made me happy when I read it today. Hope you and the family had a safe, sane 4th.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • markhirschfeld July 7, 2020 at 8:34 pm #

      Hope all is well with you and your family– miss Omaha!

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