Transferable Skills List

Skills You Can Use in Multiple Jobs and Careers

Thinking About Your Transferable Skills
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Whenever you embark on a job or career change, you would like to be able to use at least some, if not all, of your current skills. Talents and abilities you can take from job to job, or use in multiple careers, are called transferable skills. Use the transferable skills list that follows to help you discover your talents and abilities. It is categorized into six broad areas: basic, people, management, clerical, research and planning, and technical skills.

It does not include the hard skills that allow you to perform your particular job, although you can also transfer them between occupations.

Go through this list and check off the transferable skills you have. You may have acquired them through jobs, education, apprenticeshipsinternships, formal and informal training, hobbies, and volunteer experiences.​ Start your own list that includes these skills, as well as any that are not included here. You should also add hard, or technical, skills to your personal list. Having everything written down in one place will allow you to assess your marketability to potential employers as well as determine if there are any gaps you need to address by getting additional training, education, and experience. You can also use your list as a starting point when you begin to write your resume, by including the skills on it in your job descriptions.

Basic Skills:

  • Learn new procedures
  • Understand and carry out written instructions
  • Orally convey information to others
  • Observe and assess your own and others' performances
  • Communicate in writing
  • Use mathematical processes to solve problems
  • Speak in public
  • Demonstrate professionalism

People Skills:

  • Provide constructive criticism
  • Receive feedback
  • Coordinate actions with other people's actions
  • Negotiate, persuade and influence people
  • Motivate others
  • Handle complaints
  • Train or teach new skills
  • Delegate work to others
  • Oversee others' work
  • Perform outreach
  • Counsel people
  • Build strong customer relationships
  • Collaborate with other people
  • Mentor younger colleagues
  • Resolve conflicts
  • Develop relationships with suppliers
  • Demonstrate comfort when dealing with all people
  • Gain clients' or customers' confidence

Management Skills:

  • Oversee budgets
  • Recruit personnel
  • Review resumes
  • Interview job candidates
  • Select new hires
  • Supervise employees
  • Allocate resources such as equipment, materials, and facilities
  • Schedule personnel
  • Preside over meetings
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Evaluate personnel
  • Organize committees

Clerical Skills

  • Perform general clerical and administrative support tasks
  • Design forms, correspondence, and reports
  • Manage records
  • Take minutes at meetings
  • Use word processing software
  • Use database management software
  • Use spreadsheet software
  • Use desktop publishing software
  • Use presentation software
  • Perform data entry
  • Keep track of accounts receivable, accounts payable, billing, etc. (bookkeeping)
  • Screen telephone calls
  • Greet visitors

Research and Planning Skills:

  • Identify and present problems to upper management
  • Anticipate and prevent problems from occurring or reoccurring
  • Use critical thinking skills to make decisions or evaluate possible solutions to problems 
  • Solve problems
  • Deal with obstacles and crises
  • Define organization's or department's needs
  • Set goals
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Locate and reach out to suppliers or sub-contractors
  • Analyze information and forecast results
  • Manage your time and meet deadlines
  • Plan and implement events and activities
  • Develop and implement new policies and procedures
  • Develop a budget
  • Coordinate and develop programs
  • Document procedures and results
  • Produce reports
  • Conduct research using the Internet and library resources
  • Generate ideas
  • Develop and carry out ideas

Computer and Technical Skills:

  • Use computer software that is related to job
  • Use job-related equipment
  • Install software on computers
  • Use the Internet, including email and search engines
  • Use equipment such as printers, copiers and fax machines
  • Troubleshoot problems with hardware, software and other equipment
  • Install equipment
  • Troubleshoot problems with and repair equipment
  • Maintain equipment
  • Inspect equipment to identify problems

Additional Skills:

  • Demonstrate fluency or working knowledge of a foreign language
  • Demonstrate fluency or working knowledge of sign language
  • Fundraise
  • Write grants
  • Design websites

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