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What are transferable skills?
Everyone has them – but do you know what yours are?
What you will learn
- The importance of transferable skills
- How to find out what your own transferable skills are
- How to present these in an interview or application form
The key thing to remember about transferable skills is that you can use them in multiple scenarios and areas of your life – your job is just one of these.
Transferable skills on your CV
Adding your transferable skills to your CV helps employers to build a well-rounded impression of you.
Keep your CV skills relevant to the job you’re targeting.
Think about the skills you have used to perform certain tasks. How will they be useful to an employer?
Transferable skills in an interview
During an interview, you should use examples of when you’ve used relevant transferable skills to answer questions. One way of ensuring you do this is by using the STAR technique – Situation Task Action Result.
Describe the situation to your employer. Include details of the role you were in, where you were and who else was around you that may have impacted the outcome.
Describe the task at hand. Were you asked to deal with an issue? How did you feel about the task you were having to do?
Describe the actions you took to complete this task. Here is a good time to highlight any transferable skills you may have used. For example, did you co-ordinate a small team to complete the task? What steps did you take to try achieve the best possible result, and in what sequence? How did your skills help you?
What was result of you having used your skills in this situation? How may it have gone differently if you didn’t have these skills?
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Do you need some help identifying your skills? Our Skills Checklist can help you.
Enter your previous jobs and we’ll show you what transferable skills you may already have that employers would love to see.
Learn how to come across well to your future employers and secure that next stage interview.