Identify your transferable skills

Who am I and what am I good at? Time to think about you, your skills and how you can convince an employer you are right for the job

Read the skill descriptions and assess yourself against each one. Each element of the skill is explained to show the facets that employers identify as important. Write some examples of your experience in these areas. Keep in mind your experience at school, university, previous jobs and volunteer work.

These are the top skills that employers value in their staff:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Planning & Organising
  • Initiative & Enterprise
  • Self-Management

Communication

Skill Description

Communication that contributes to productive and harmonious relations between employees and customers. 

Examples of good communication

  • Listening and understanding
  • Speaking clearly and directly
  • Writing to the needs of the audience
  • Negotiating responsively
  • Reading independently
  • Empathising
  • Speaking and writing in languages other than English
  • Using numeracy effectively
  • Establishing and using networks
  • Being assertive
  • Sharing information

Examples of good communication

  • Listening and understanding
  • Speaking clearly and directly
  • Writing to the needs of the audience
  • Negotiating responsively
  • Reading independently
  • Empathising
  • Speaking and writing in languages other than English
  • Using numeracy effectively
  • Establishing and using networks
  • Being assertive
  • Sharing information
  • Listening and understanding
  • Speaking clearly and directly
  • Writing to the needs of the audience
  • Negotiating responsively
  • Reading independently
  • Empathising
  • Speaking and writing in languages other than English
  • Using numeracy effectively
  • Establishing and using networks
  • Being assertive
  • Sharing information
  • Listening and understanding
  • Speaking clearly and directly
  • Writing to the needs of the audience
  • Negotiating responsively
  • Reading independently
  • Empathising
  • Speaking and writing in languages other than English
  • Using numeracy effectively
  • Establishing and using networks
  • Being assertive
  • Sharing information

Teamwork

Skill Description

Teamwork that contributes to productive working relationships and outcomes.

  • Working with people of different ages, genders, races, religions or political views
  • Working as an individual and as a member of the team
  • Knowing how to define a role as part of the team
  • Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations eg. Future planning, crisis, problem solving
  • Identifying the strengths of team members
  • Coaching, mentoring and giving feedback
  • Working with people of different ages, genders, races, religions or political views
  • Working as an individual and as a member of the team
  • Knowing how to define a role as part of the team
  • Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations eg. Future planning, crisis, problem solving
  • Identifying the strengths of team members
  • Coaching, mentoring and giving feedback
  • Working with people of different ages, genders, races, religions or political views
  • Working as an individual and as a member of the team
  • Knowing how to define a role as part of the team
  • Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations eg. Future planning, crisis, problem solving
  • Identifying the strengths of team members
  • Coaching, mentoring and giving feedback
  • Working with people of different ages, genders, races, religions or political views
  • Working as an individual and as a member of the team
  • Knowing how to define a role as part of the team
  • Applying teamwork skills to a range of situations eg. Future planning, crisis, problem solving
  • Identifying the strengths of team members
  • Coaching, mentoring and giving feedback

Problem Solving

Skill Description

Problem solving that contributes to productive outcomes.

  • Developing creative, innovative solutions
  • Developing practical solutions
  • Showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them
  • Solving problems in teams
  • Applying a range of strategies to problem solving
  • Using mathematics including budgeting and financial management to solve problems
  • Applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas
  • Testing assumptions, taking the context of data and circumstances into account
  • Resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues
  • Developing creative, innovative solutions
  • Developing practical solutions
  • Showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them
  • Solving problems in teams
  • Applying a range of strategies to problem solving
  • Using mathematics including budgeting and financial management to solve problems
  • Applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas
  • Testing assumptions, taking the context of data and circumstances into account
  • Resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues
  • Developing creative, innovative solutions
  • Developing practical solutions
  • Showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them
  • Solving problems in teams
  • Applying a range of strategies to problem solving
  • Using mathematics including budgeting and financial management to solve problems
  • Applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas
  • Testing assumptions, taking the context of data and circumstances into account
  • Resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues
  • Developing creative, innovative solutions
  • Developing practical solutions
  • Showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them
  • Solving problems in teams
  • Applying a range of strategies to problem solving
  • Using mathematics including budgeting and financial management to solve problems
  • Applying problem-solving strategies across a range of areas
  • Testing assumptions, taking the context of data and circumstances into account
  • Resolving customer concerns in relation to complex project issues

Planning and Organising

Skill Description

Planning and organising that contributes to productive outcomes.

  • Managing time and priorities – setting timelines, co-ordinating tasks for self and with others
  • Being resourceful, taking initiative and making decisions
  • Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies
  • Managing time and priorities – setting timelines, co-ordinating tasks for self and with others
  • Being resourceful, taking initiative and making decisions
  • Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies
  • Managing time and priorities – setting timelines, co-ordinating tasks for self and with others
  • Being resourceful, taking initiative and making decisions
  • Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies
  • Managing time and priorities – setting timelines, co-ordinating tasks for self and with others
  • Being resourceful, taking initiative and making decisions
  • Adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies

Self Management

Skill Description

Self-management that contributes to employee satisfaction and growth

  • Adapting to new situations
  • Developing a strategic, creative, long-term vision
  • Being creative
  • Identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • Translating ideas into actions
  • Generating a range of options
  • Initiating innovative solutions
  • Being open to new ideas and techniques
  • Being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills
  • Using a range of mediums to learn – mentoring, peer support, networking, IT courses
  • Adapting to new situations
  • Developing a strategic, creative, long-term vision
  • Being creative
  • Identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • Translating ideas into actions
  • Generating a range of options
  • Initiating innovative solutions
  • Being open to new ideas and techniques
  • Being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills
  • Using a range of mediums to learn – mentoring, peer support, networking, IT courses
  • Adapting to new situations
  • Developing a strategic, creative, long-term vision
  • Being creative
  • Identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • Translating ideas into actions
  • Generating a range of options
  • Initiating innovative solutions
  • Being open to new ideas and techniques
  • Being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills
  • Using a range of mediums to learn – mentoring, peer support, networking, IT courses
  • Adapting to new situations
  • Developing a strategic, creative, long-term vision
  • Being creative
  • Identifying opportunities not obvious to others
  • Translating ideas into actions
  • Generating a range of options
  • Initiating innovative solutions
  • Being open to new ideas and techniques
  • Being prepared to invest time and effort in learning new skills
  • Using a range of mediums to learn – mentoring, peer support, networking, IT courses