We meet a lot of people with fantastic experience, but aligned with one specific industry. If you have worked only one job most of your life, how do you break the mould and find something new? The first step in a career change is creating a transferable skills-based CV.
What are Transferable Skills?
Transferable skills are a core set of skills and abilities which are non-specific to a particular role or industry.
Common skills include:
- Time management
- Team leadership
- Relationship management
- Research and analytics
- Creative thinking
- Problem solving
Why are they important?
When you don’t have the specific experience listed in a job vacancy it is your transferable skills you need to highlight to a potential employer.
Remember, an employer will have their own checklist with regards to skill sets they are looking for in a prospective employee. You need to ensure your skills are relevant to the job so you are able to best fit this checklist.
The easiest way to do this is to carefully read the job advertisement. What are the skills the employer is looking for – these will be part of their checklist. Ensure your CV includes these skills.
Don’t forget a positive attitude
Whilst experience and skills are key, your own personality traits and work ethic are also something employers take seriously. Many will go for attitude over experience. Your CV needs to convey positive personality traits such as:
Experience isn’t everything
Tailor your CV to show you have the transferable skills, positive personality, willingness and enthusiasm to fit in with the team and the organisation and you will present a compelling proposition for your prospective employer.
SEEK has a number of tools to help you assess your transferable skills: https://www.seek.co.nz/career-advice/transferable-skills-checklist