The term “transferable skills” is, in essence, self-explanatory. It refers to positive abilities and strengths in job candidates which seamlessly transfer from job to job and industry to industry. As you assess applicants for a role, you need to be able to evaluate these qualities just as you do the education and level of professional experience required.
- Candidates may not always make their transferable skills clear on their resume or during an interview. So, a checklist can be very helpful as you narrow down your field of applicants and make a final hiring decision.
- As you review this checklist, note that transferable skills tend to overlap – in a good way. For instance, an individual with strong communication skills is also more likely to be a better team player or project manager as a result.
Get Started on Your Checklist
Top among the transferable skills you may want to include on your candidate checklist are:
- Communication: Public speaking, leading discussions, active listening, writing and content development. All are critical for teamwork and productivity.
- Negotiation: Emotional intelligence and persuasion join communication and active listening as these skills help minimize conflict and reach mutual agreements.
- Organization: Time management, delegation, planning, task prioritization and attention to detail help workers use their time and energy wisely.
- Teamwork: Collaboration, delegation, a willingness to help others, and knowing how to pay to their strengths.
- Leadership: This is all about engaging, motivating and directing a team or workforce. It encompasses coaching and mentoring, feedback and problem-solving, among other strengths.
- Project Management: These are the capabilities necessary to effectively coordinate and execute a project from start to finish. Look for critical thinking, as well as schedule, time and risk management.
- Problem Solving: The ability to spot issues early on, analyze their root causes, and come up with solutions, while maintaining resilience throughout the process.
- Critical Thinking: This enables a person to think clearly, make levelheaded decisions, and assess situations rationally, even in a crisis.
- Data Analysis: A candidate doesn’t have to be a tech expert, but they do need to be able to interpret and apply numeric data as it relates to their work.
- Giving and Receiving Feedback: This involves unbiased judgment, active listening, mentoring and coaching, and negotiation.
- Purpose: Candidate with a sense of purpose are more connected and productive. They are goal oriented and adept at big-picture thinking and solidifying ideas.
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