Transferable skills are skills a worker has learned through many jobs which are applied to the next job. This is an important career move for the novice or seasoned worker who is looking for a new opportunity or to develop experience in another area. This process can occur when the employee is unemployed or is returning to the workforce after being absent for a certain amount of time.
The best method to confirm if one has transferable skills is to critically look at the job description. The review of job titles is not sufficient. The employee must compare their work experiences and decide if the position is appropriate. There are other techniques to assist with this process such as reviewing occupational directories and speaking to professionals who are working in the desired field.
The challenge for the employee is to present their transferable skills to potential employers. The objective statement and the resume must clearly state what skills are applicable to the position. The employee must be prepared to explain why he or she would be a suitable “fit” for the position. If the employee is positive about their career path, there is a high probability the employer will be receptive.