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5 Transferable Skills You Need to Know For Your Job Search

Published: February 20, 2017

You’re on the hunt for the job of your dreams. But do you have what it takes to actually land it? You probably do! Lots of natural abilities and skills are easily transferable to your job search. Which of these do you possess?


Confidence: You need to believe in yourself! If you’re not sure about your own abilities, how can you possibly expect a new employer to buy in? But be careful. Self-confidence is awesome. Being boastful is not. Be confident about what you know, honest about what you don’t. Back up what you say with real examples. For example, if someone asks you if you know Microsoft Office, don’t just say yes. Explain how you’ve used it in the past, and what you like about it. And if you’re tripped up by something you don’t know, that’s fine. No employer expects you to come into a new job knowing everything. Just make sure you let them know that you’re willing to learn.


Curiosity: Let’s say you find a job posting that sounds right for you. You’ve just become certified as a Medical Assistant and an area healthcare facility is looking for help. Or you’ve attained a degree in Business Administration, and a local company is hiring an HR clerk. What do you do? Fire off a resume and cover letter and hope for the best? Or do you take the time to research the company and position? Do you check out who else works there and what they think? The more curious you are at the outset, the more information you’ll have to include in that cover letter, on an interview, and on the job.


Attention to detail: One of the most common complaints hiring managers have about applicants is that they just don’t follow directions well. The job posting will ask A, B, and C, but the applicant only answers one or two of the three questions. Some people also hand in resumes with inaccuracies and typos. You would never do that, right? Fine attention to detail during your job search tells a potential employer what you might be like when you come to work for them.


Follow through: If you set goals and do what needs to be done to make sure you reach them, that’s a good sign that you follow through. That same skill probably means that if a hiring manager asks for additional information, you’re going to send it right away. You’re also the candidate who takes the time to send a thank you and volunteers to take a next step. Add a bit of tenacity, and you follow up with an email or phone call. You’re not a pest. But you are persistent


Enthusiasm: Do you know how many people make all the right moves in an interview but never say they want the job? Crazy, right? If you have a positive, can-do attitude, bring it on every interview. Explain how your good work ethic, solid skills, and overall enthusiasm will be a benefit to the company. And don’t forget to ask for the job!


At Charter College, we know it’s important to learn and build the skills your field demands. But it’s also really important to highlight the talents you were born with and those you’ve honed over years of life experience. We’ll teach you new skills, and help you develop the skills you already possess.