Job Search: Transferable Skills

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Skills and experience are what employers seek and job candidates have to offer. A skill is defined as the ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance, a learned power of doing something competently, a developed aptitude or ability. Transferable skills are things you have learned to do well that can be used and taken with you from job to job, competencies that can be used in multiple situations. Transferable skills are especially important to college students and career changers.   



Employers Rate the Skills/Qualities They Want in New College Hires

They are:

    Skill/Quality

    Importance Rating

    Ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization

    4.5

    Ability to make decisions and solve problems

    4.5

    Ability to obtain and process information

    4.5

    Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work

    4.5

    Ability to analyze quantitative data

    4.2

    Technical knowledge related to the job

    4.1

    Proficiency with computer software programs

    4.1

    Ability to create and/or edit written reports

    3.6

    Ability to sell or influence others

    3.4

Source: Job Outlook 2013 Spring Update, National Association of Colleges and Employers

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Classroom Transferable Skills

  • Ability to meet deadlines, thrive under deadline pressure 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks 
  • Ability to achieve goals 
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to plan
  • Collaborate in teams
  • Computer skills
  • Creative
  • Critical thinking
  • Dealing with Ambiguity
  • Decision-Making
  • Desire to learn & improve
  • Flexible
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Organize/manage projects
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Research skills
  • Results oriented
  • Time management
  • Verbal Communication
  • Work independently
  • Writing skills 

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Skills

Communication Transferable Skills

  • Accurate
  • Articulate
  • Describing feelings
  • Design
  • Edit
  • Expressing ideas
  • Facilitating group discussion
  • Innovate
  • Interviewing
  • Listening attentively
  • Logical
  • Negotiating
  • Perceiving nonverbal messages
  • Persuading
  • Providing appropriate feedback
  • Public speaking
  • Reporting information
  • Speaking effectively
  • Writing concisely

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Day-to-day Transferable Skills

Skills
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to plan
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Attention to detail
  • Being punctual
  • Computer literacy
  • Cooperating
  • Cultural awareness
  • Desire to learn & improve
  • Diligence
  • Enforcing policies
  • Enlisting help
  • Good time management
  • Implementing decisions
  • Instructing others
  • Integrity
  • Making decisions
  • Managing time
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Meeting goals
  • Organizing
  • Organize people
  • Organize/ manage projects
  • Reliability
  • Results oriented
  • Setting and meeting deadlines
  • Solving problems
  • Team player
  • Work independently
  • Written and oral communication

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Interpersonal/Human Relations Transferable Skills

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  • Adaptable
  • Anticipate needs
  • Assertive
  • Sensitive
  • Coaching or counseling others
  • Collaboration/Co-operation
  • Conflict resolution/confronting others
  • Conveying feelings
  • Cooperative
  • Cultural awareness
  • Delegating with respect
  • Developing rapport
  • Diplomatic and tactful
  • Integrity/honesty
  • Interview others
  • Listening
  • Motivating
  • Negotiate
  • Open minded
  • Patient
  • Perceiving feelings, situations
  • Persuasive
  • Providing support for others
  • Representing others
  • Sharing credit
  • Public speaking
  • Supervise others
  • Supportive of others
  • Take instructions well
  • Teamwork
  • Train or teach others
  • Trustworthy

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Skills

Intrinsic Military Transferable Skills

  • Commitment
  • Follow through
  • Loyalty
  • Determination
  • Discipline
  • Leadership/Management
  • Ability to take direction
  • Punctuality
  • Teamwork
  • Decision Making/High Pressure/Risk
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Work ethic
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Navigate Ambiguity

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Leadership Transferable Skills

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  • Crisis management
  • Decision maker
  • Decisive
  • Delegate to others
  • Direct others
  • Direct projects
  • Empowering others
  • Management
  • Mediate problems
  • Motivate people negotiate agreements
  • Plan
  • Produce results
  • Public speaking
  • Run meetings
  • Self-motivated
  • Share leadership
  • Solve problems
  • Strategic planning
  • Tactical planning
  • Take risks
  • Team builder
  • Work well under pressure

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Skills

Management Transferable Skills

  • Assess and evaluate other’s work
  • Coaching
  • Coordinating tasks
  • Counseling
  • Deal with obstacles and crises
  • Decision making with others
  • Delegating responsibility
  • Handling details
  • Handle complaints
  • Initiating new ideas
  • Managing conflict
  • Managing groups
  • Motivate others
  • Multi-task
  • Promoting change
  • Selling ideas or products
  • Training and teaching others
  • Work well under pressure

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Research and Planning Transferable Skills

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  • Analyze data or facts
  • Audit records
  • Calculate/compute
  • Classify data
  • Creating ideas
  • Defining needs
  • Detail oriented
  • Developing evaluation strategies
  • Extracting important information
  • Forecasting and predicting
  • Gathering information
  • Identifying problems
  • Identifying resources
  • Imagining alternatives
  • Investigate
  • Locate information
  • Research skills
  • Risk analysis
  • Setting goals
  • Solving problems

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Special Transferable Skills

  • Certifications
  • Fluent in a foreign language
  • Grant writing
  • Mechanical skills
  • Patents
  • Publications
  • Speaker
  • Speed reader
  • Use sign language
  • Utilize specific software applications

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Teaching Transferable Skills

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  • Committed
  • Communicative
  • Compassionate
  • Creative
  • Dependable
  • Encouraging
  • Flexible
  • Enthusiastic
  • Motivational
  • Organized
  • Personable
  • Positive attitude
  • Sense of humor
  • Value based

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Skills

Technology/Information Utilization Transferable Skills

  • Understand ethical/legal issue around the use of technology and information
  • Use technology as a tool to solve problems
  • Use digital technologies to create information
  • Proficient in MS Office applications
  • Proficient in specific software
  • Proficient is specific hardware

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Thinking Transferable Skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

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