CAREER DEVELOPMENT / NOV. 12, 2014
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How To Identify Your Transferable Skills

Many people are not aware of what their transferable skills are and fail to describe what they are good at when it comes to the actual job interview. This article lists 4 tips that can help you identify your key strengths and abilities so that you are able to come up with some examples to refer to during your next job interview.

Perhaps you could consider of the following:

#1 The things you love to do

It is highly likely that you have developed key skills while doing things you really enjoy doing. It would be helpful to draw examples of skills you have developed through your hobbies and interests. For example, how did you manage to catch the bus and go to the swimming pool for your swimming lesson in time? What helped you use your time effectively? Also, if you like stamp collecting you will probably find the time to do it and plan other activities and events to fit around it, thereby mastering your time management skills.  

#2 The aspects you are good at

Try to think about the kind of skills you were able to learn while you were at university, college or high school. Remember which subjects were your favourite and which were your least favourite. This way, you will figure out which subject you were interested in the most that you have actually put effort into. Likewise you will be able to find which aspect you are good at or not. If you are a good communicator you would probably have enjoyed subjects such as Citizenship, Languages or Drama whilst if you are a computer whiz then you have excellent ICT skills and numeracy and probably enjoyed Maths or Science.

#3 Your personal qualities

Personality counts a lot towards identifying your key strengths and abilities as it describes how you are most likely to react to certain situations. In a way, skills reflect your personality characteristics, qualities and ethical stance. For example, if you are an honest and reliable individual you don’t have to come up with excuses for your boss or colleagues and you will likely always show up at work on time. Also, if you are cooperative and respectful then it means that you can work well within a team, thus you have good teamwork skills. After discovering yourself, the next step will be to learn how to highlight transferable skills on your resume.

#4 Your work experience

Think of what you did whilst on work placement. Did you have trouble showing up on time at work? What did you do about it? Alternatively, did you have the opportunity to lead a project? How did you cope with conflicts and disagreements as a leader? Such questions can help you remember examples from previous experiences in which you had to come up with a possible solution. Reflecting can actually help you develop your professional practice in acquiring the skills you need for the career you have chosen.

Other questions that might help you identify your transferable skills:

  1.      What steps did you undertake at your previous job role? How was success achieved?
  2.      How did you solve a problem and overcome challenges that arose during the process?
  3.      What personal qualities played a part in you reaching these achievements?
  4.      Were these successes as part of a team, if so, how did you get everyone on board, supporting and motivating them to share the common goal?
  5.      How goal orientated are you and what key skills have you brought to the forefront in reaching your personal milestones?
  6.      How do you create a balance between your personal and work life?
  7.      What things are you truly passionate about?

The key to discovering your transferable skills is becoming self-aware by reviewing what you have done in the past and what previous experiences have taught you. This way you will be able to differentiate your strengths from weaknesses and vice versa and you will have a clearer idea on what you need to work on in the future. For now, check the video from Aerotek staffing agency to learn more information about transferable skills.

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