Chron.com gives valuable insights on how to use transferable skills to change careers
Here’s what Kimberly Thompson, National Board-Certified Counselor has to say…
When you look beyond titles and roles, you see transferable skills. Before you set out in a new career direction pay attention to three significant questions:
What am I capable of doing?
What is my personality suited to do?
What can I do in the marketplace right now given what I have done before?
After reviewing your answers, start by thoroughly researching your new career and learn as much as possible about the people who are currently in the field. Researching online and talking with others will give you an advantage, opening your eyes to growing trends and needs.
Determine what potential problems are in the marketplace and what you can do to help solve them. The end result is a career path that is based on demands for your services.
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These exercises are CRUCIAL in having success in ANY career search. Being crystal clear on your skills that can transfer over to any job in any industry is critical in attracting what you want and setting you apart above the rest of the applicants.
Answering these questions will help you write a strong introduction letter, cover letter and resume. It will also help you communicate your strengths in an interview.
People transferring to an entirely different field, returning to work after many years of being out of the work force, or those just entering the work place will set themselves up for remarkable success if they take the time to answer these questions effectively.
Feeling stuck or a bit overwhelmed with how to answer these questions? Join a career transition group, hire a career coach, or purchase an ACCURATE personality assessment. My favorite is the DISC profile. You can purchase your own here.