Everybody at any age has transferable skills which are valuable to future employers! If you volunteered for your school newspaper, organized a fundraiser for your school glee club. You have performed valuable career functions, to attract a potential employer. The key is personal branding and marketing yourself properly.
What are transferable skills? They are skills obtained from either school or employment in one area that is transferred to a different employer. With that said, do not dismiss a task you have successfully completed or abilities you have just because you were not paid, not received credit for it, or it is not relevant to your chosen career path!
When you were a teenager you were employed in various places with different responsibilities. The question is, what could I have possibly done when employed to convince a future employer to hire me? Well let’s tackle that, where do I begin in identifying my transferable skills?
There are five basic skills that every employment function or school activity encompasses; (Reading, Writing, Research, Analysis and Communication).
In school, you are completing a group project or putting on a after school fundraiser you are using organizational, communication, and writing skills. These are basic required skills to perform when employed. If you work in a drug store or as a cashier you obtained customer service and communication skills. This is relevant in any employment, where you are dealing with the public.
As a recruiter, some frequent questions I receive are, what is the way I personally brand and market myself to employers? Who will hire me to work in my chosen career?
There is a technique that has always worked for me and I suggest to my clients is, “Career Journaling”. The concept is similar to a diary, but instead of journaling about your personal life activities into a notebook, you are writing about your employment life. This includes accomplishments, details of projects you were on, problems you solved, the research you did, and processes you came up with to become efficient. They are all important!
Here are examples of the way to spin the simplest of functions to make yourself appealing to a future employer.
EXAMPLE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
1) Fundraising for a School Play=Resource Management Skills/Sales Skills
2)Helped a friend set up their computer and taught them to use the applications=Technical Computer skills/training
3) Wrote an article for your school newspaper=writing/research skills which are important job functions
I conclude this article with two pieces of advice:
Have a cheap $1 notebook and write down all activities and accomplishments about your workday
Second, save any employee review you have and use it on an interview.
CCG signing off and stay tuned for further post!
Steve Rosen-Technical Recruiter/Certified Career Coach