Thinking of a career switch and worry about starting from scratch? Do not worry because you may possess transferable skills. These skills are relevant from one job to another and they can be an advantage in securing  the new position you are looking for.

Check out below for a list of top 10 Transferable Skills:

Budget Management
Get your hot little hands on any budget you can find, no matter how small, and take responsibility for it. Manage how funds are dispensed, keep control of the budget, learn what fiscal control is all about.

Coping with Deadline Pressure
Search for opportunities to demonstrate that you can produce good work when it is required by external deadlines. Prove to yourself and anyone else that you can function on someone else’s schedule, even when that time frame is notably hurried.

Interviewing
Learn how to acquire information from other people by questioning them directly. Start by interviewing the neighbors, your friends, and other people easily available. It doesn’t matter what you ask them, but imagine you are a newspaper reporter who needs the information for a story. Discover the fine art of helping a person to feel comfortable in your presence, even though you are asking difficult and even touchy questions.

Negotiating/Arbitrating
Discover and cultivate the fine art of dealing openly and effectively with people in ambiguous situations. Learn how to bring warring factions together, resolve differences between groups or individuals, and make demands on behalf of one constituency to those in positions of power.

Organizing/Managing/Coordinating
Take charge of any event that is within your grasp. It doesn’t matter what you organize – a church supper, a parade in honor of your town’s 200 th birthday – as long as you have responsibility for bringing together people, resources, and events. If nothing else, the headaches of organizing events or managing projects teach you how to delegate tasks to others.

Public Relations
Accept a role in which you must meet or relate to the public. Greet visitors, answer phone complaints, give talks to community groups, sell ads to business people, explain programs to prospective clients, or even collect taxes.

Speaking
Take a leadership role in any organization, so that you are forced to talk publicly, prepare remarks, get across ideas, and even motivate people without feeling self-conscious. Good public speaking is little more than the art of dramatized conversation, but it must be practiced so you can discover your own personal style.

Supervising
Take responsibility for the work of others in a situation in which some accountability is called for. Have direct contact with the work of others; expose yourself to the difficulty of giving orders, delegating tasks, taking guff, understanding the other person’s viewpoint. Here is where listening can become a real skill.

Teaching /Instructing
Refine your ability to explain things to other people. Since most teaching does not take place in the classroom but in ordinary everyday exchanges between people, you should become familiar and comfortable with passing information and understanding to others. Any position of leadership or responsibility gives you many chances to teach ideas and methods to others.

Writing
Go public with your writing skills. There is nothing quite so energizing as seeing your own words in print; exhilarating if they look good to you, and a spur to improvement if they look awful. Practice putting pen to paper. Write letters to the editors of every publication you read routinely. Write a newsletter, however informal, for a club or organization to which you belong.

Source: Howard Figler, The Complete Job Search Handbook: Presenting the Skills You Need to Get Any Job and Have a Good Time Doing It. 1999

 
 
 

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