You’ve got skills. You’ve had jobs and spent a lot of time in classrooms. Each day you’re gaining what prospective employers call transferable skills: ones that you already possess that transfer from one position to another.
Don’t discount the importance of your previous experience when writing your professional documents. You should be able to concisely articulate your qualifications to an employer. These include skills that would transfer into your next position. It doesn’t matter that you may have gained them this summer because you were the manager of Doughnut Emporium or because you cleaned the cages at Pet Palace. You will bring these skills with you, and employers care because it means less time spent training you.
Many of these transferable skills fall into the following categories: communication, intellectual, interpersonal, organizational, physical, personal, and creative skills.
There are many. Here are some examples.
Global and humanistic perspective
Persuasive (sales & fundraising)
Synthesizing and summarizing information
Critical reading and thinking
Identifying patterns and integrating complex information
Math and statistics
Content specific (mining, geography, etc.)
Computer software programs
Delegating with respect
Rapport with various audiences
Financial (record keeping, auditing, budgeting)
Coordinating among groups
Implementation of strategic plans
Building and construction
Operating machinery and tools
Equipment maintenance and repair
Respectful of diversity
Strong work ethic
Works well independently
Visual representation of concepts