Transferable skills

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Which of these Skills Describe You?

Transferable Skills

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Tip: Use these themes and skills to identify your transferable skills. (There may be some overlap between the skill themes.)

An easy way to use this resource is to:

  2. CIRCLE" or BOLD the skills you have
  3. Give a number / rating to it (e.g., 1-10), where 10 is highest
  4. Identify the top 5-7 highest rated skills
  5. Copy these top 5-7 skills to another sheet of paper, and begin to incorporate them into your RESUME

Also - make sure to highlight your ACHIEVEMENTS (CAR stories - Challenge, Actions, Results) using the top-rated skills as a foundation/baseline.

Communication Skills

  • Working effectively with people of different ages, gender, race, religion or political persuasion
  • Proficiency with / learning different languages
  • Identifying the strengths of team members
  • Recognizing own strengths & limitations
  • Clarifying team roles & performing agreed tasks
  • Demonstrating leadership as appropriate
  • Coaching, mentoring & motivating others
  • Giving & receiving constructive feedback
  • Resolving differences of opinion
  • Collaborating & contributing to team results

Problem Solving Skills

  • Analyzing facts & testing assumptions
  • Defining the problem & contributing factors
  • Developing creative, innovative &/or practical solutions
  • Showing initiative in identifying & solving problems
  • Solving problems independently & in teams
  • Applying a range of strategies to problem solving
  • Designing contingencies
  • Developing & evaluating a range of options
  • Making realistic decisions & action plans
  • Using mathematics including budgeting & financial management to solve problems
  • Resolving customer concerns in relation to complex issues
  • Implementing & monitoring solutions
  • Evaluating processes & outcomes

Planning and Organizational Skills

  • Establishing clear & attainable project goals & deliverables Defining specifications & quality standards
  • Planning the use of resources including time,
  • people, finances & materials
  • Risk management & contingency planning
  • Managing time & priorities — setting milestones
  • Managing tasks - delegating, coordinating, monitoring
  • Managing people - training, developing, motivating, giving feedback, supervising
  • Collecting, analyzing & organizing information
  • Being resourceful, taking initiative & making decisions
  • Establishing evaluation criteria & participating in continuous improvement
  • Reporting on progress & outcomes
  • Understanding (basic) business systems, software, tools & their relationships

Information Technology Skills

  • Having a range of basic IT skills (e.g., Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Having a range of specialized IT skills (i.e., analysis, web design, social media, marketing, procurement, financial, supply chain, HR, etc.)
  • Applying IT as a management tool
  • Using IT to organize data
  • Being willing to learn new IT skills
  • Having the occupational health and safety knowledge to apply technology
  • Having the appropriate physical capacity

Initiative and Enterprise Skills

  • Identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • Assessing the competitive advantage of ideas
  • Identifying customer or client requirements
  • Developing strategic goals
  • Being creative, initiating ideas & innovative solutions
  • Determining the commercial viability of ideas
  • Translating ideas into action
  • Demonstrating political, commercial, environmental, cultural awareness, sensitivities, etc.
  • Liaising with stakeholders & sponsors (Note: this might also be in Communication Skills)
  • Using a range of business communication methods
  • Marketing & selling a product or service

Learning Skills

  • Managing own learning
  • Sharing knowledge & experience in the workplace
  • Contributing to the learning community at the workplace
  • Using a range of mediums to learn — mentoring, peer support, networking, information technology (IT), course
  • Applying learning to 'technical' issues (e.g. learning about products & 'people' issues (e.g. interpersonal and cultural aspects of work)
  • Having enthusiasm for ongoing learning
  • Being willing to learn in any setting — on & off the job
  • Being open to new ideas & techniques
  • Being prepared to invest time & effort in learning new skills
  • Acknowledging the need to learn in order to accommodate change

Self Management Skills

  • Having a personal vision & goals
  • Evaluating & monitoring own performance
  • Having knowledge & confidence in own ideas & vision
  • Articulating own ideas & vision
  • Taking responsibility
  • Working ethically
  • Working under pressure
  • Demonstrating resilience

Teamwork Skills

  • Listening, understanding and speaking clearly
  • Writing appropriately for different audiences
  • Persuading & negotiating effectively
  • Demonstrating empathy, assertiveness & tact
  • Understanding the needs of customers/clients
  • Establishing relationships & using networks
  • Sharing information & proposing ideas
  • Fluency in English & other languages
  • Logically summarizing information or data
  • Chairing/running a meeting