What are Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are the aptitude and knowledge you have acquired through personal experience such as schooling, jobs, classes, hobbies, sports or ones in which you have a natural ability for learning or proficiency in a specific area or discipline.
Everyone has transferable skills and they are acquired all throughout a person's life from infant and grade school through to college via formal courses, informal education, personal reading, social activities, professional activities and life in general. While the laundry list of transferable skills is huge, they can essentially be broadly consolidated under five main categories: Soft Skills; Analytical Skills; Technical Skills; Organizational Skills; and Personal Skills.
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A thorough review of an injured workers' connections in their network of family, friends, associates, etc...is one of the crucial factors to getting a job, if a return to work at the current employer is unavailable.
And even after a training program, the school will give you leads, and tips. But, only your vocational counselor knows how to assess your network. And, the results can be the best way to get a job in your new career.
Many examples exist and are too numerous to list, however here are a few to give you a better idea of how they are identified: 1) parenting skills could apply in the performance of jobs at a pre-school. 2) a teacher has transferable skills in jobs requiring public speaking. 3) an auto mechanic may not be able to do the heavy aspects of auto repair, but may use transferable knowledge and skills as a Service Advisor, or Insurance Adjuster.
Self-awareness of these skills is essential to enahncing your job search activities. There are self-assessment tests that allow you to analyze your own personal strengths and weaknesses. You can also go through a skills checklist and tick all the ones that you are confident apply to you.
SOS Job Prep has an online assessment tool to squeeze the viable and pertinent transferable skills out of you.
Networking. You have got to pick up the phone and call everybody that you ever knew, everybody that you ever worked with, every employer that you ever worked with. That’s the way to get an interview.
60% percent of people who find jobs have located them through networking. Sending a resume to a web site is a joke. It ain’t going to happen. If you don’t establish any personal connection to them it’s is a waste of time.
Brainstorm. Sit down with a your partner or spouse and friends and ask for help. Write down the names of previous employers and former colleagues, immediate and extended family. Don’t be embarrassed to call family members when you’re out of work. Get over it.
Call friends of friends, people in your church, athletic club, volunteer organizations, parents of children’s friends. Contact trade and professional associations you belong to–many have job boards. Alumni associations, fraternity and sororities are worth reconnecting with. You never know who will know someone who is hiring. College and university placement offices are there to help no matter how long ago you graduated. Canvas local lawyers, accountants, bank officers in town and see if they know if any clients are hiring.
In short, you really have to “kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince. Leave no stone un-turned.