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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Whether you've stayed in the same professional field for decades or bounced around, you have likely developed and expanded your professional skills.
Some of these skills are job-specific, e.g. B. an understanding of the use of certain platforms or tools, others are transferrable, e.g. B. Strong leadership or critical thinking skills.
Some transferable skills are "hard" like coding or data analysis, while others are "soft" skills like communication and relationship building.
Think of transferable skills as part of your career tool belt. Regardless of what you learned in school or a previous job, transferable skills are what every worker gains from any work experience, including volunteering, internships, freelance jobs, and more. These are the skills that you can use in any professional setting.
Doug Ebertowski, a career coach at FlexJobs, provides this example: “Let's say you have a background in business development and you find a project manager position to pursue. Even if your previous job title sounds different, you've probably spent time planning, developing, and organizing a team to achieve your goals, processes and schedules. These are the transferable skills that can help you find the new job. "
All transferable skills are important. However, employers seek some transferable skills over others. These are the skills that you use in any job that can turn you from a great employee into an invaluable one.
These transferable skills are desirable because if you already have them, your employer doesn't have to worry about training you in them. You can be successful in any professional field and make positive contributions immediately.