What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are natural abilities that transfer well between different jobs. Also known as soft skills, transferable abilities aren’t learnt in school, but they can be improved with education and training.
Transferable skills examples
Here are examples of the top 10 transferable skills UK employers look for in 2022:
No matter what job you’re applying for, you should show these skills on your CV to increase your chances of getting hired.
Transferable skills by industry
While transferable skills tend to be useful in all types of jobs, different industries require and improve some skills more than others.
For instance, marketing positions are more likely to build creativity than accountancy jobs are.
Here are lists of transferable skills that employers expect to see if you’ve worked in certain jobs:
- Public speaking
- Time management
- Goal setting
- Stress management
- Physical energy
- Active listening
- Customer service
- Conflict resolution
- Cultural awareness
- Critical thinking skills
How to transfer your skills
Are you switching careers? Here’s how to transfer your skills from your current job to your new one:
- Find skills in the job advert that are similar to your current skill set
- Read other job descriptions and research your target industry to find more crossover skills
- Emphasise your relevant transferable skills above your work experience on a skills-based CV
- Give examples of how your transferable skills will help you quickly learn new hard skills when you write your cover letter
- Prepare to answer follow-up questions about the transferable skills detailed in your cover letter and on your CV in job interviews
Here are examples of skills that transfer well between specific jobs and career situations:
- Time management
- <a href=”https://cvgenius.com/blog/career-advice/interpersonal-skills”>Interpersonal skills</a>
- Work ethic
- Presentation preparation & delivery
- Decision making
- Project management
- Attention to detail
- Ability to interpret complex information in common terms
Transferable skills CV examples
Below are examples of how to emphasise your transferable skills in a CV’s personal statement, work experience, education, key skills, and hobbies & interests sections. You can reference them to help you write your own CV.
Notice how the applicants connect their transferable skills to their target jobs with examples and hard numbers. These examples and hard numbers increase the chances that they get hired over more experienced candidates:
Motivated professional with 5+ years of educational experience. Skilled in adapting primary school classroom engagement techniques to onboarding adults in a vocational school setting. Eager to apply training expertise as a Corporate Trainer for EnXa Global.
- Mentor 3+ nurses in training per year, tracking performance and providing constructive feedback
- Recognised for ability to calm patients and other nurses during high-stress medical situations
- Student Union President: Led student union to enact positive changes, including creating and maintaining a volunteer-based system for escorting students safely to their halls at night
- Intramural Football Referee: Honed instant decision-making and conflict-resolution skills during 9+ matches each term
- Detail Oriented: Lead subeditor for university newspaper and 2 blogs run by friends
- Interpersonal Skills: Serve as unofficial campus party promoter for 3 local event organisers
- Negotiation: Spearheaded efforts to persuade lecturers in 3 classes to extend exam deadlines due to syllabus and school administration miscommunication
- Avid cyclist: Maintain physical fitness and mental acuity by cycling 70+ km weekly
- Pub musician: Manage and perform in a folk-pop group, handling scheduling and organising weekly band practice
- Hobby brewer: Enjoy getting creative by adapting various beer recipes to match family & friends’ tastes