Transferable (soft) skills may be used in multiple professions. They include, but are by no means limited to, skills listed below:
|Dependable and punctual (showing up on time, ready to work, not being a liability)||Self-motivated||Enthusiastic|
|Willing to learn (lifelong learner)||Committed||A good problem solver|
|Adaptable (willing to change and take on new challenges)||Strong in customer service skills||A team player|
|Good in essential work skills (following instructions, possessing critical thinking skills, knowing limits)||Positive attitude||Strong communication skills|
|Able to accept constructive criticism||Ethical||Safety conscious|
|Strong in time management||Honest|
These skills are transferrable because they are positive attributes that are invaluable in practically any kind of work. They also do not require much training from an employer—you have them already and take them with you wherever you go. Soft skills are a big part of your “total me” package.
So, identify the soft skills that show you off the best, and identify the ones that prospective employers are looking for. By comparing both sets, you can more directly gear your job search to your strongest professional qualities.
10 Top Skills You Need to Get a Job When You Graduate
The following video summarizes the ten top skills that the Target corporation believes will get you a job when you graduate. You can read a transcript of the video here.
How to Find a New Job–Transferable Job Skills
If you are an international student, or perhaps English is your second language, the following video may especially appeal to you. It covers similar information to the 10 Top Skills video above. Discover how to find a new job more easily by learning how to identify and describe your transferable job skills in English.
For more extensive exploration, visit this checklist of transferable skills from Community Employment Services in Woodstock, Ontario.