On the previous article we discussed “what are transferable skills”, to recap quickly, here is the definition. Transferable skills are a core set of skills and abilities, which you have learnt and perfected over time, gained from previous jobs, voluntary and charity work, your hobbies and from home. Both Soft skills and Hard skills are transferable skills.
Transferable skills are essential and can be used to show YOU are a great fit for the role.
So what Transferable Skills should you include on your CV?
Top Tip: The best piece of advice is to look at the Job Description.
Identify what skills the recruiter is looking for to fill this role & then take these and demonstrate on your CV that you possess these skills. Formulate strong statements that demonstrate your skills and experience in action. Give a concrete example of when you used the skill and what you achieved/implemented/generated.
If you are a new graduate, or you do not feel that you have a lot of work experience, then draw from your summer job experiences or any roles you played in your college/university. All life is relevant experience.
Use Positive Language to describe your unique skill set:
Accurate, Adaptive, Confident, Reliable, Responsible, Innovative, Pro-Active, Flexible, Good Time Management, Humorous, Energetic, Positive, Perseverance, Strong Work Ethic.
Positive action: Achieved, Completed, Implemented, Managed, Generated
Top Tip: Go to the Company Website, check if there is something else listed on the website that is not included on the Job Advert. Perhaps you can highlight another one of your skills in your cover letter – add to the CV – use in the interview.
Top Tip: Treat each Job Application uniquely – don’t assume to use one CV template as your “go to”. Remember you must relate to each specific Job Advert.
Remember employers these days are looking for candidates who demonstrate Hybrid Skills – a combination of both soft and hard skills. All these skills are important, so show them all the way through the recruitment process – in your cover letter, your CV and at the interview.