{Career} Are Your Skills Transferable?

Perhaps you're hoping to become a homeschool parent but need to make find another full- or part-time position that will give you more flexibility.

One critical step in the job search process is to determine skills and abilities to showcase on your resume and job application. (A skills assessment is a vital part of a larger personal- or self-assessment.) You'll want to generate a list of everything that you've done in your various jobs and what skills, knowledge, and abilities that each task demonstrates. You can also use a skills inventory.

As you go through your skills assessment, you will also want to think in terms of transferable skills.

"Transferable skills are the skills you've gathered through various jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences that can be used in your next job or new career." Read more:About.com

For would-be working homeschool parents, transferable skills are especially helpful to identify because they often are the ticket to redefining yourself in the job market. For example, if you are a full-time administrator and are applying for a job as a 3/4 time art teacher, then you would play up skills acquired through your art-therapy volunteer work alongside your awesome organizational skills.

Once you've come up with your unique set of skills and abilities, practice "selling" their value in an interview setting. Try to have specific examples of each one that you can expand upon if asked to do so.

The Takeaway:

With your skills identified--especially your transferable skills, you can work on building a resume, cover letter, and other materials to support a successful job search.

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