How to Leverage your Transferable Skills

How to Leverage your Transferable Skills

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How to Leverage your Transferable Skills

Taylor Karl
/ Categories: Resource-Hub, Skills, Job Search

If you are planning to switch job paths, careers, or industries, knowing the skills you bring to the table is essential – now more than ever. Hirers who leverage skills data to find the right match are 60% more likely to find a successful hire than those not relying on skills. Many job seekers have begun utilizing the shift to transition into better-paying jobs via the relevant skills they bring to their current roles. So, what are transferable skills, and why are they important?

What are transferrable skills?

Transferable skills are the collective abilities you have gained from school, internships, hobbies, volunteering, and employment. Having transferable skills means taking the essential skills you have learned collectively, making the transition into a new role smoother. The ability to transfer them from job to job is where they get their name. Once you have considered all the experience you have gained over the years, you can categorize your skills into two different categories:

Technical Skills:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Operating Systems
  • Network security
  • Coding languages
  • eCommerce Platforms
  • Data Analysis
  • Cybersecurity

Soft Skills:

  • Teamwork
  • Active listening skills
  • Time management
  • Communication skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Project management
  • Emotional intelligence

In-demand skills are changing how people approach their jobs and, most importantly, their careers. The World Economic Forum estimates we will need to reskill more than 1 billion people by 2030. It's safe to say we need an efficient process of matching talent to opportunity, which is why 40% of hirers on LinkedIn have begun using skills data to fill open roles.

The good news is that data is helping uncover new career pathways. Comparing skills across jobs and identifying transferable skills has created a new market of jobs that do not require many skills overhauling:

Last year, 47.8 million workers quit their jobs, an average of nearly 4 million each month, meaning 2021 holds the highest average on record. What began as The Great Resignation has now evolved into what many call The Great Reshuffle. Employees from all industries made significant moves to other jobs or industries, searching for more fulfilling roles with greater flexibility.

Final thoughts

No matter where life takes you in your job search, know that the skills you bring and learn in the workplace can be utilized and developed to help you grow professionally. Do you need more information on transferable skills and how they can land you an in-demand career? Schedule a chat with our Career Counselors on the next steps and how United Training Academy can help you land your next job.

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