Skip to main content

Error message

Notice: Undefined index: bundle in fieldable_panels_panes_load_from_subtype() (line 995 of /var/www/html/sites/all/modules/contrib/fieldable_panels_panes/fieldable_panels_panes.module).
Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills

<— Return to Career Advising and Exploration

Desired Skills

In a 2016 survey, employers ranked the following abilities as what they most seek in candidates:

  1. Verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization
  2. Work in a team structure
  3. Make decisions and solve problems
  4. Plan, organize, and prioritize work
  5. Obtain and process information
  6. Analyze quantitative data
  7. Technical knowledge related to the job
  8. Proficiency with computer software programs
  9. Create and/or edit written reports
  10. Sell or influence others
Reflect

Think about your past roles and international experiences, including:

  1. study abroad experiences
  2. coursework
  3. student organization involvement
  4. internships and job shadowing
  5. professional experiences
  6. volunteer work
Take Inventory

Use the example transferable skills below in your cover letters, online profiles, resumes, and personal statements.

Communication Skills

  • Verbal communication
  • Body language
  • Physical communication
  • Writing
  • Storytelling
  • Visual communication
  • Humor
  • Quick-wittedness
  • Listening
  • Presentation skills
  • Public speaking
  • Interviewing

Leadership

  • Team building
  • Strategic planning
  • Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Delegation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Diplomacy
  • Giving feedback
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Decision making
  • Performance management
  • Supervising
  • Managing
  • Manager management
  • Talent management
  • Managing remote teams
  • Managing virtual teams
  • Crisis management

Influencing

  • Facilitation
  • Selling
  • Inspiring
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Motivating
  • Collaborating

Interpersonal Skills

  • Networking
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Conflict resolution
  • Personal branding
  • Office politics

Personal skills

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Self-awareness
  • Emotion management
  • Stress management
  • Tolerance of change and uncertainty
  • Taking criticism
  • Self confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience
  • Assertiveness
  • Competitiveness
  • Self-leadership
  • Self assessment
  • Work/life balance
  • Friendliness
  • Enthusiasm
  • Empathy

Creativity

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Innovation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Design sense
  • Artistic sense

Professional Skills

  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Time management
  • Meeting management
  • Technology savvy
  • Technology trend awareness
  • Business trend awareness
  • Research
  • Business etiquette
  • Business ethics
  • Diversity awareness
  • Disability awareness
  • Intercultural competence
  • Training
  • Train the trainer
  • Process improvement
  • Knowledge management
  • Writing reports and proposals
  • Customer service
  • Entrepreneurial thinking

Adapted from the training resources at Simplicable.

<— Return to Career Advising and Exploration