Transferable Skills

Top 10 Transferable Skills

Writing A CV Using Transferable Skills

Writing a CV after a career break or a career change can be tricky task. Our post about how to approach writing a CV after a career break discusses what you need to consider when writing your CV. But, in this post we wanted to dig deeper into discussing ‘what are transferable skills’.

What Are Transferable Skills?

Transferable Skills:

Skills acquired from a variety of settings than can be applied in a different setting. Consider non workplace acquired skills too.

Compared to

Job Related Skills:

Skills that are specific to a particular role or industry.

Adaptive Skills:

More in relation to personality traits that can aid you in your work.

Types Of Transferable Skills

Management / Supervisory / Leadership Skills:

Can you delegate responsibilities and establish an appropriate system of accountability? Are you able to monitor team progress and assess performance?

You may have managed a team at some point in your leisure or work commitments. Perhaps in your workplace you had a team report to you. These transferable management skills can be transferred across industries and different roles. Maybe you manage a sports team, school club, scouts or social clubs. Management skills show that you are capable of leading a team, spotting team members forte’s and enable team efficiency. These management skills inevitably contribute to increased productivity.

Organisational Skills:

Perhaps you sat on the PTA Committee and organised school events. Have you ran a playgroup and organised toddler activities. Maybe you organised workplace socials, meetings or rota’s. What did you do in previous roles that required you to be organised. Being organised is a transferable skill and that is a requirement for pretty much all jobs. Think about how you can provide evidence of good organisational skills.

Numeracy Skills:

If you have worked in commerce you will have varying degrees of handling figures. Did you cash up at the end of the day? Maybe you had to keep a stock log? Did you work in healthcare and have to deal with drug calculations. Perhaps you come from teaching, you may have taught maths at some level but also been involved with performance stats. Have you kept the books for a small business or voluntary organisation. Do you work out the finances for a partner or relative who is self employed?

These numeracy skills can be applied across different roles and industries. Think about how you have used math before and it what way. Use a simple brainstorming sketch.

IT Skills:

Many roles involve a degree of IT skills. Which systems did you use in a previous role? Have you experience of a Customer Relations Management (CRM) package or a Data Collection System? You may be familiar or expert at using productivity software which is invaluable for team efficiency and effectiveness. This may be Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), or Google Apps for Business (G-Suite, Sheets, Documents, Slides, Calendar).

Maybe you have experience setting up presentations in Microsoft Powerpoint or Google Slides. Have you managed spreadsheets in Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel? Maybe you used other productivity software such as Open Office or Zoho?

However limited you feel your IT skills may be, they are relevant as a transferable skill. But, if you haven’t any IT skills or feel that you need a refresher to get up to speed then consider doing a short course to give you the confidence to say you have these skills. We have a collection of courses on site here.

Social Media:

Social Media is a large part of most people’s lives these days. Usually it’s to search the market place, check out local events or keep in touch with friends and family. But maybe you go one step further and you have a group on Facebook or you are a page admin. Is it successful? If so, you have social media skills which are vital to nearly every business. If you enjoy social media but want to learn more then consider courses by Digital Mums or one of our associated courses.


Have you worked to deadlines? Meeting deadlines with a valuable piece of work shows commitment to the cause, good organisational skills and effective work planning. Again all valuable transferable skills across roles and industries.

Reading / Writing:

It sounds simple but the good use of language, vocabulary, spelling and grammar are fantastic skills to have. All businesses have a form of internal and external communications. Good reading and writing skills are essential for effective communication. If you construct well written sentences, with perfect spelling and grammar then you have excellent written communication skills. If this is a key skill in the role you are applying for, provide evidence.

Maybe you are applying for a role that is not your first language? If this is the case, document what qualifications or experience you have using the language in question.

Mentoring Skills

Whichever role you have previously worked in, you have probably mentored someone junior to yourself. In which case you will have developed mentoring skills. Essential for any kind of management or supervisory role. Can you give feedback in a constructive way? Can you help others build on their knowledge and skills?

These mentoring skills are also associated with the ability to build up trusting relationships, key to productive teamwork.

Interpersonal Skills

Can you interact successfully with a wide range of people? Can you communicate effectively with people from different backgrounds and cultures?

Great interpersonal skills are key to building effective relationships. Think about previous and current roles, both in the workplace and leisure time.

Negotiating Skills

Negotiating is learned from an early age. Even though we can all negotiate to some degree, how good are you at it? What have you had to do in previous roles? Can you listen, contribute, guide and compromise in negotiations. It is important to know where you can compromise and where you need to persist. Again good negotiating skills are built on the ability to build effective relationships.

What Now?

Remember, you are trying to convince a stranger that you are the person they need in their team. You must communicate your confidence and self belief in your CV. After all, why would they want to hire someone who doesn’t have confidence in the skills they are saying they have.

Good Luck and look out for more posts about rocking that CV soon.

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