Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are commonly overlooked abilities that are acquired in every occupation and are applied throughout a career.

Identify transferable skills below that match your new position, and, keep these in mind when writing your cover letter, resume, or CV.

Analytical Skills
  • Examining data
  • Forecasting future goals
  • Investigating situations/problems
  • Recommending solutions based on data
Communication Skills
  • Critical listening
  • Facilitating meetings
  • Presenting
  • Teaching/training (can also be interpersonal)
  • Writing
Interpersonal Skills
  • Advising colleagues/clients
  • Developing relationships with customers
  • Leading teams
  • Managing staff
  • Mediating problems
  • Mentoring / motivating individuals
  • Negotiating agreements
Organizational Skills
  • Coordinating projects/events
  • Managing projects
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Maintaining inventory/files/a library/a facility
Creative Skills
  • Adapting to change
  • Initiating a new procedure
  • Innovative problem solving
  • Managing crisis situations