In this economy, finding a job can be extremely difficult. As unemployment rates gradually decrease, it is imperative to understand how to be successful on this journey. Several people never get to be interviewed because they do not know how to convey their skills efficiently. I hope to alleviate any concerns regarding transferable skills.
When it comes to finding a job, the resume is a very crucial portion. It is necessary to always make sure that your resume is tailored to the position you are applying for. The main selling points that you want to have in your résumé are the skills you possess that relate to the position you are applying for. Do not think that skills gained by an occupation are only in the job description. Many employees go far and beyond their job description. A reputable resource that can aid in understanding your skills and sample resumes is on the University of South Florida Career Center website.
What’s Your Objective?
Your objective statement is the first area where the employer can see what skills you possess that relate to what you are applying for. Using the same broad objective statement can be the determining factor for whether or not you are asked for an interview. To be sure that the employer is aware of your interest, an objective statement should be as specific as possible. An objective statement should contain the position, field/location, and about three required skills that you have acquired.
For instance, I am a Career Peer at the Career Center, a specific objective statement would mimic something like this” To obtain a Career Peer position at the University of South Florida Career Center utilizing my personable, reliable, and result-oriented skills to promote the required initiatives”. For more examples on how to write a proper objective statement, visit Objective Statement Examples.
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The main area that an employer will see what skills you possess is in the relevant experience section. It is imperative to use only transferrable experience when applying for a position. Transferable skills are those that you acquired in separate field but still relate to the position you are applying for. Not to say that being a Crew Member at McDonalds cannot aid you in a becoming a nurse at Florida Hospital.
Transferrable skills for both include maintenance of proper sanitation, demonstration of a positive attitude, and/or exceptional listening skills to assure that all customers and/or patients’ requests are attended to. A list of strong action verbs that can be utilized on your resume is on the Action Words List.
The main goal in creating a résumé is to be asked for an interview. If an employer does not fully understand how your skills relate to their job opening, your résumé may not even be considered. Be sure to take all the information given here and apply it to your life when you plan on applying for an employment opportunity.
Until next time,
Denise Aiyedatiwa is a Public Health student with plans on becoming an Epidemiologist within the CDC.