Lack of experience is not necessarily a barrier to a new job or career.
You may think that a lack of relevant industry specific experience will stop you from getting a job, however this is not always true.
If you are changing careers, have recently graduated, or looking for your first job, you will be pleased to learn that employers are often looking for potential skills or attributes in a candidate.
You have probably read the first sentence above and thought how will I get an employer to look at my resume if I have no experience? The answer is transferable skills.
Transferable skills are skills and abilities that are relevant and helpful in many jobs and across different areas of life: professionally and socially. They are ‘portable skills’.
This wanted employment advertisement is one of the best examples I have seen of transferrable skills.
Whilst I do not condone his original job he has listed, he still has many transferrable skills. He has shown how he has operated a successful multi-million dollar business.
You might be thinking how do I get transferrable skills? The good news is you already have transferable skills.
Here are some examples listed below:
- waiting tables
- processing payments
- handle many tasks quickly and concurrently
- working with customers
- captain of a sports team.
- attending to customers
- handling money and balancing
- time management
- customer service and communication
- leadership skills.
It is important to sell your potential by demonstrating the transferable skills that you have already developed.
If you would like further examples of transferable skills please contact us for a detailed list of skills to include in your resume.