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​How to identify your transferrable skills

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​How to identify your transferrable skills

The pandemic has seen a huge number of people switch career paths. A combination of the furlough scheme, more time to reassess personal goals and shift in demand across various sectors have all led to a rise career changes.

According to a study by Aviva, the number of workers intending to find a completely different vocation increased from 7% to 9%, an average of around 700,000 workers.

The UK jobs market is currently facing a huge skills shortage across a variety of sectors and so employers are having to be more flexible in terms of who they’re hiring. In the past they might’ve been looking for the full package, someone who was fully trained in all aspects of the role and ready to hit the ground running. However, with such a huge demand for workers and a significant skills shortage, now is a good time to consider changing career with the right tools.

Applying for a role in a completely new sector can be daunting, particularly if you’re lacking relevant work experience. In these cases, it’s important to be able to identify your transferable skills and showcase them in your CV and at interview, to ensure you demonstrate your suitability to the role.

What are transferable skills?

Everyone has transferable skills; they’re gained in the workplace, via education and through life experiences. Your transferable skills will usually be unique because they’re built up over time and therefore being able to identify them and draw upon these skills can help set you apart during the application process. Transferrable skills can include hard skills such as coding, SEO marketing, or a specific qualification, as well as soft skills like problem solving, commercial awareness and communication skills.

According to LinkedIn , the most in demand skills by businesses include:





•Emotional Intelligence.

Assessing your own experience

We always recommend that you tailor you CV to the role you’re applying for, and this can be a little trickier if you’re applying for a role which you have little experience in. A good place to start is to assess the experience, skills and knowledge you do have, and identify how you can use them to fill the gaps in the sectors you’re interested in working in. Put simply, think about what your ideal employer might look for and then use examples that demonstrate that you’ve put these skills into practise in different scenarios.

Utilising transferrable skills to secure a new job

In a candidate driven market, the opportunity to change careers is stronger than ever so don’t be put off if you look at the job description and feel inexperienced.

Employers are also looking for potential in applications rather than the full package so being able to showcase your transferable skills will enable them to see this potential in you. The best way to do this is with tangible examples and we recommend using the P.E.E method to reinforce them:




Rather than just stating “I am a good problem solver” you would follow it with an example of when you solved a problem and then follow it up with explaining that example. The more evidence you can give, the better as this gives the assessor more understanding of the situation and more confidence in your ability.

It’s also a good idea to demonstrate examples of when you’ve picked up a new skill or adapted to something outside of your potential as this will reinforce that you’re capable of rising to new challenges and will help to show your potential for a role in a new sector.

If you’re looking to change careers or want tailored recruitment support, our friendly and highly experienced team of recruiters are here to help.

We’ve been recruiting for clients across a diverse range of sectors and our long term relationship with them means they trust who we put forward for interview.

Want to discuss your career goals in more detail? Get in touch.