Transferable skills

Transferable functional skills are those you can apply in a variety of situations. Recognizing skills you possess and identifying ones you would like to develop help your career planning in several ways. You can research professions that will allow you to use your skills in a rewarding way, create a plan for developing desired skills, and tell networking contacts and potential employers how your skills will fit with your target profession and organization.

Listed below are activities that represent a wide range of skills.

LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Making decisions

Delegating responsibilities

Raising funds

Mediating between people

Training others

Conducting meetings

Supervising employees

Developing plans

Building teams

Seeing the big picture

Evaluating performance

Identifying potential in others

ANALYTICAL

Compiling statistics

Comprehending ideas

Coordinating schedules

Gathering information

Following the stock market

Improving efficiency

Writing reports

Thinking logically

Using scientific methods

Prioritizing tasks

Interpreting information

Investigating problems

Drafting reports

Maintaining accurate records

Summarizing information

Drafting budgets

Evaluating costs/benefits

Meeting tight deadlines

Using math to solve problems

Synthesizing data

COMMUNICATION

Editing

Teaching

Talking with people

Writing proposals

Selling products

Conducting interviews

Speaking to groups

Promoting events

PHYSICAL/TECHNICAL

Assembling things

Inspecting physical objects

Writing computer programs

Working with animals

Designing an audio system

Repairing electronics

Operating equipment

Competing physically

Estimating physical space

CREATIVE

Brainstorming

Taking photos

Arranging furniture

Preparing food

Drawing/painting

Graphic Design

Entertaining people

Writing creatively

Performing music

Designing websites

RELATIONAL

Interacting with people

Working with children

Listening actively

Persuading others

Confronting others

Motivating others

Understanding other cultures

Resolving conflicts

Self-Management Skills

Self-management skills relate to how you respond to situations, how you interact with others, and how you relate to your environment. They are transferable because they can be developed and demonstrated in all areas of life. Employers will prioritize candidates with proven self-management skills that fit the job and organization. Below are a variety of self-management skills.

Adaptability

Ambition

Assertiveness

Attention to detail

Balance

Calm

Consistency

Cooperation

Courageousness

Courteousness

Creativity

Curiosity

Decisiveness

Effectiveness

Efficiency

Empathy

Energy

Enthusiasm

Expressiveness

Extroversion

Fairness

Flexibility

Friendliness

Frugality

Generosity

Gentleness

Helpfulness

Imagination

Independence

Industriousness

Intelligence

Intentionality

Kindness

Logic

Loyalty

Open-mindedness

Organization

Originality

Patience

Perception

Persistence

Persuasiveness

Poise

Positivity

Practicality

Precision

Proactivity

Professionality

Productivity

Punctuality

Purpose

Quickness

Rationality

Reflectiveness

Reliability

Responsibility

Responsiveness

Sensitivity

Sincerity

Stability

Tact

Tenacity

Thoughtfulness

Tolerance

Toughness

Trustworthiness

Truthfulness

Understanding

Versatility

Virtuosity

Warmth