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5 Transferable Skills You Should Acquire

5 Transferable Skills You Should Acquire

As you apply for a new job, you want to make yourself as marketable as possible. You want to appear as the ideal candidate and have the qualifications and skills necessary to complete a certain task. However, while some skills are industry-specific, others are not. Transferable skills are those skills that will help you be successful regardless of the industry and job title. You can use them as you move from job to job.

While there are dozens of transferable skills you can acquire, here are five that should be at the top of your list. 


1. Flexibility

 The best employees can bend and adapt to new projects, roles, locations, etc. When you are flexible, you are more enjoyable to work with, employers are more likely to rely on you, you are willing to grow and expand, etc. Change is one constant in the workforce and flexibility helps you be more engaged and successful during these changes. 


2. Strong Communication

 Regardless of your industry and job title, communication is key. You need to communicate with your employers about when you will not be able to work, any questions you may have regarding certain projects, etc. All communication, whether verbal, listening, or in writing should be professional.


3. Teamwork

 Employers are looking for candidates who can work well with others. While there will always be some contention in the workplace, the ideal employee will avoid unnecessary drama and will work well with others. They will do their part to complete projects and certain tasks. They will also be willing to help others who require assistance or who may have many unanswered questions. 


4. Time Management

 One transferable skill that many employers look for is strong time management skills. Employers do not want employees who waste time and distract others. They want employees who work quickly and deliver high-quality results. They also want individuals who arrive at work on time and are not taking advantage of breaks, lunch hours, etc. 


5. Organization

 An organized employee is a large asset for employers. This individual follows and obeys deadlines and project directives. They don’t waste time looking for documents, devices, etc. They better understand the rules, guidelines, and structure of the office. Plus, they will closely follow instructions to ensure that all projects are completed on time and are well done. Organized employees are not only beneficial in an office setting but in remote positions and in job positions where they may be working on their feet such as a waitress, nurse, cashier, etc. 

 If you are applying to a new job, identify a handful of transferable skills that you can include and highlight them on your resume. Use the job listing to help you identify the most important transferable skills and those that are a top priority for employers. It is also beneficial to show how you demonstrate these skills within your cover letter or during your interview, rather than just listing them on your resume.