Transferable skills are skills that are developed in a specific context and are "transferable" to a variety of other situations and tasks.
According to the 2016 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Survey, the top 10 qualities/skills employers seek are transferable skills.
- Ability to work in a team
- Communication skills (written)
- Problem-solving skills
- Communication skills (verbal)
- Strong work ethic
- Analytical/quantitative skills
- Technical skills
Below is a list of transferable skills. This is not an exhaustive list, but will provide ideas to make your resume and responses to interview questions more concrete.
Communicating Mentoring Reporting Telling Editing Promoting Representing Translating Explaining Proofreading Responding Understanding Informing Providing Selling Verbalizing Interpreting Publicizing Sharing Lecturing Reading Speaking Listening Relating Talking
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Helping and Teaching
Advising Guiding Processing Teaching Coping Helping Referring Tending Counseling Instructing Rehabilitation Training Empathizing Mediating Resolving Tutoring Giving Offering Serving
Management and Leadership
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Organizational and Financial
Administering Defining Logging Retrieving Arranging Detailing Manipulating Reviewing Auditing Dispensing Monitoring Schedule Budgeting Distributing Organizing Selecting Calculating Estimating Preparing Sorting Checking Filing Projecting Summarizing Classifying Financing Purchasing Supplying Collecting Gathering Raising Systematizing Compiling Inventorying Reconciling Transcribing Computing Keeping Recording Typing
Analyzing Disproving Interpreting Researching Ascertaining Dissecting Intuiting Solving Assessing Evaluating Learning Studying Charting Examining Observing Synergizing Conceptualizing Experimenting Predicting Synthesizing Detecting Formulating Problem Solving Testing and Proving Determining Hypothesizing Processing Troubleshooting Diagnosing Identifying Questioning Weighing Discovering Inspecting Reasoning
Assembling Extracting Making Sewing Building Fixing Operating Treating Conserving Handling Producing Washing Constructing Installing Repairing Digging Lifting Setting Driving Maintaining Setting Up
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