What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills, sometimes referred to as soft skills, are those critical strengths, talents, qualities, and personal attributes, which can be applied to a wide range of different jobs and industries.
Transferable skills can be:
- Acquired in a variety of different settings both on and off campus.
- Developed in class projects, extra-curricular activities, sports, volunteer and community service experiences, internships, and past work experience.
- Qualities, talents, and attributes that you naturally possess.
Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers across the country and asks them to rate the top qualities and skills they seek in new college hires. Here are the top transferable skills employers look for and how you can gain these skills during your time at Baylor.
Why are skills important?
Transferable skills are important in helping you communicate your value to an employer when they are reviewing your résumé. If you’re currently lacking experience in the field you’re looking to work in, transferable skills can be a great way to highlight why you’re a good fit for the job. This can be helpful for entry-level positions and when applying for a position that is not directly related to your major or previous work experience.
How do I demonstrate skills on my resume?
The most important thing to remember is to choose examples that you can practically demonstrate on your résumé. Saying you’re excellent at leadership is good, but you won’t stand out from the crowd unless you can support it.
For each skill, think of an example of how you’ve shown it. It could be in work or other experiences, as long as it supports your claim. For example:
Don’t say: ‘Excellent leadership skills’
Do say: ‘Demonstrated excellent leadership skills by successfully managing a team of 10 counselors during a summer camp’
Don’t say: ‘Communication skills”
Do say: ‘Conducted orientation and training sessions for 125 new pledges’