Transferrable skills are learned behaviours or attributes you have honed or used in past situations which can now be applied to new situations. You cannot expect recruiters to work out what your transferrable skills are. 

Use action words to describe your skills.

  • Formulate
  • Develop
  • Acquire
  • Exercise
  • Examine
  • Learn
  • Manage
  • Explain
  • Persuade
  • Negotiate
  • Research
  • Influence
  • Coordinate

Think about the skills you have related to the following list. 

Selection criteria is often based on:

  • Aptitudes
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Goal direction
  • Commitment
  • Motivation
  • Ambition
  • Special talents
  • Self confidence
  • Values
  • Personality
  • Adaptability
  • Intellectual capacity
  • Professional ethics

Think about times you have had to use the following skills. 

Personal transferrable skills can also include:

  • Communication skills
  • Managing and organising skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Problem solving skills

How do you transfer your skills?

Think of real life situations you have been involved in.

Task: While working as a receptionist, you answer phones, make appointments, and take payments.

Transferrable skill: 'attend to clients'.

Task: While working as a waiter, you set and clean tables.

Transferrable skills: 'working autonomously and as part of a team with strong time management and attention to detail'.

Task: Talk to customers, satisfy their needs.

Transferrable skills: 'effective communication with customers, handling conflict, resolving problems'.

Action words are used to give strength to the task in the business world where skills are required.

Other past situations that could have provided you with skills are:

  • Participation with a church group, choir, or youth group.
  • Membership of a sports club.
  • Participation in dance, music or drama.