Top Tips: Transferable Skills

11th August 2020

Transferable or soft skills make up at least 80% of many job roles. From an employer’s perspective these skills are essential to establishing whether someone is the right fit for the job and the organisation.

  1. Think creatively about matching your skills to the job. (When applying or interviewing for a job, use examples from any environment as evidence of skills the employer is looking for. Organisational skills could be demonstrated through running your own business whilst studying, project managing an event or organising your household.)
  2. Be realistic.  (Changing career doesn’t happen overnight and often means taking an initial cut in salary. You will hopefully reap the financial benefits down the line.  It is easiest to make a career change into more generalist roles which don’t require a professional qualification (admin, sales, project management, customer service). Moving into a new profession is possible but will usually require more of a financial and time commitment.)
  3. Use a functional CV.  (This emphasises transferable skills, rather than working history. Useful for those returning to work after a career break or changing direction completely.)
  4. Investigate new career options.  (Speak to a careers adviser or use any of the online tools available to identify careers or jobs which match your skillset and working preferences. A great place to start is https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers.)
  5. Bridge the gap.  (Gaining work experience, upskilling and further study are all positive ways of moving closer to your new career. Research and network with those already in the industry to find out the best way forward.)