What are the skills that employers want that will translate to any new job? Things like creativity, communication skills, teamwork, organization and problem solving come to mind. These skills are called transferable skills. Basically, skills of this nature are not job-specific; they can play a key role in your success regardless of position, industry, etc.

Hopefully, that makes sense. Now, let’s think about what some of these transferable skills may be – this list is only the tip of the iceberg:

  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Self-starter
  • Decision making
  • Teamwork
  • Leader
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Adaptability
  • Communication skills
  • Organization
  • Managing conflict
  • Time management
  • What other transferable skills would be on your list?

Once you’ve identified your transferable skills, you still have a few more things to figure out. You can’t just walk into an interview and blurt out this long list of skills. I would suggest picking the top 3-5 transferable skills that you feel are your strongest. Then, I would compare your top skills to the job description and make sure you have some matches. Be sure to adjust your list as needed per each job opportunity.

Of course, transferable skills are only one piece of the puzzle. You probably will still need some specific technical skills or experience, but never underestimate the power of transferable skills. They are at the heart of career success. They provide another layer of valuable expertise and delivery.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka


Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.