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The Importance of Transferrable Skills

You have transferable skills! Transferable skills are your set of skills and abilities that can be applied to different jobs, industries, and situations. You can build or develop transferable skills through professional experience, internships, and volunteering.


Transferable skills generally fall into four categories: Cognitive, Directing, Interpersonal, and Intrapersonal.


Cognitive

•Decision Making

•Critical Thinking, Analyzing

•Problem Solving


Directing

•Leading, Motivating, and Inspiring Others

•Managing & Supervising

•Project & Event Planning

•Delegation


Interpersonal

•Teamwork, Teambuilding

•People Skills

•Customer Service

•Oral & Written Communication


Intrapersonal

•Dependable, Reliable, Adaptable

•Situationally Aware

•Attention to Detail

•Stress Management Skills


The above skills can be applied to virtually any position. If you are transitioning to a new industry or career field, you'll want to highlight how the skills you have attained thus far will be useful in your next career. By focusing on the broader skill set, you can show a potential employer that you are versatile and experienced.



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