What are transferrable skills?

Each job has their own skill set, which is specific for that position, and only people in that area can perform the job sufficiently. For example, a Website Developer need to know about coding languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, while a Operation Surgeon needs to have excellent knowledge about human anatomy. Meanwhile, regardless which position you are responsible for, having transferrable skills are the skills you can use in every job position, which is helpful for you during job’s transition. Some examples of transferable skills are:

1. Communication Skills
Communication not only involves written and verbal communication but also includes using and reading body language and talking to people in different contexts.

2. Dependability
Dependability is what makes you a trusted employee. It could include punctuality, organization, and responsibility.

3. Teamwork
Effective teamwork requires qualities such as empathy, active listening, and strong communication.

4. Organization
Organized employees typically meet deadlines, communicate with others in a timely manner and follow instructions well.

5. Adaptability
Adaptability means being flexible when encountering change. There are an increasing number of employers look for adaptable candidates, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. Leadership
Leaders are people who can organize and inspire teams to reach shared goals.

7. Technology literacy
Technology literacy refers to comfort with and ability in navigating new technology.

Review the job description carefully and identify which of your transferrable skills are most relevant to the job!

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