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Career Coaching: Identifying Transferable Skills & Strengths

Watch the best moments from our exciting group career coaching session! This free session was organized in collaboration with non-profits SkillUp Coalition and InsideTrack. We've condensed the recording to enhance your viewing experience.

Beyond Just Skills: How to Highlight the Impact for Transferability

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In today's job market, where people frequently switch careers or industries, just listing skills on a resume isn't enough. Employers are looking for individuals who can demonstrate how their skills will translate into positive results for the organization. This blog post will explore the concept of transferable skills and provide a step-by-step process to identify and showcase their impact on potential employers.

What are Transferable Skills?

Transferable skills are those that you can apply across different jobs and industries. They encompass a wide range of abilities, such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and time management.

Why are They Important?

The key to highlighting transferable skills lies in demonstrating their impact. Here's a step-by-step approach:

  • Identify Your Skills: Brainstorm and list down your skills. Don't limit yourself to technical expertise; consider soft skills as well.
  • Choose a Skill: Select a specific skill you want to showcase.
  • Imagine the Future: Think about the industry and role you're targeting.
  • Impact Through Skill: Ask yourself, "How will using this skill enable me to be successful in this new workplace?""
  • Benefits for Employer: Take it a step further and consider, "How will the results of this skill benefit the employer and their organization?"

Example: Demonstrating the Impact of Relationship Management

The transcript provided showcases a participant using this approach. They identified "relationship management" as a skill and envisioned using it for an internship coordinator role at a school. The impact of this skill would be to engage more companies, leading to a wider internship selection for students. This, in turn, benefits the school by fulfilling its goal of ensuring students graduate career-ready.


By following these steps and reframing your skills around the impact they create, you can craft a compelling narrative for potential employers. This approach demonstrates not just what you can do, but the positive difference you can make in their organization.

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