Can You Include Transferable Skills in a Resume?
When you write a winning résumé you must consider whether you are writing it for the job you’re already performing or for the one you’d like to perform. There’s a big difference, and that’s a trap. Write your résumé to fit the job you want; do not just regurgitate the responsibilities of the old job.
Before you start writing anything you need to have a strong understanding of what will make your résumé stand out from the crowd.
What happens if you think you have the ability and skills to do a job, but what you do at your current job does not really tell that story? This is where some clever writing can help your application. It just means that you tailor a winning résumé to suit the job you are applying for.
Obviously your experience, achievements and qualifications must be in your resume. That is what the reader of your resume is expecting and are important to your chances of success. But let’s say they don’t give you a fantastic rating in terms of the fit for the new job? Well that’s where the third element comes into play.
If you have had experiences outside your employment or if you’ve had achievements which were not part of your previous work, these can be highlighted. They can be used to illustrate your versatility and your all-round capabilities.
Consider all your transferable skills that have been developed through your personal life as well as your career. So many skills are developed and strengthened throughout your life just by being involved in clubs, sport, children’s school and sporting activities, service and religious groups, community involvement etc. Create a list of all the things you have done that are NOT work related, then list the skills you developed through those activities and interests. Save the list so you can refer back to it if you are preparing other job applications.
If you can’t demonstrate how you meet selection criteria for a particular job through your work achievements it is quite acceptable to mention non-work related activities…but only if they really do put the spotlight on some achievement or skill that is completely relevant to the job application. These transferable skills in a resume add substance to your application, and demonstrate what you are capable of contributing within your new job.