The Importance of Transferable Skills – The Hidden Jewels Buried Within CVs

The Importance of Transferable Skills – The Hidden Jewels Buried Within CVs


Here at Evolution Industrial, we have seen our reasonable share of CVs during our time in the business industry, with structure, layout and tone all evolving with each year that passes. But, one main feature of the CV that is far from replaceable is the ‘Transferable Skills’ section. Acquired during any activity in your life such as jobs, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies or even sports, transferable skills allow employers to envision how a candidate could submerge themselves in a role.

Identifying your transferable skills

You may think that a lack of relevant, industry-specific experience will stop someone from getting a job, but this is not always the case. It’s important that employers look for potential rather than past events.

Whether it be based on communications, physical activity or creative ability, we all boast skills that can be transferred into the world of work. In some cases, candidates’ skills will be directly appropriate to their career goals; which is great. However, it is worth looking for any skill they possess that may be able to be transferred into a new role. Here are just a few examples of transferable skills:

Meeting deadlines, Handling multiple tasks, Thinking on your feet, Conducting research

Managing people and projects, Applying critical thinking and problem solving skills

Learning new software, Keep abreast of best practices and apply them

Communicate clearly to a particular audience and Mentoring

Top 3 transferable skills every employer should be looking for!

Although it’s nice to see job-seekers celebrate any skill that they have, there are a few gems that most employers are eager to uncover. Wanting to select an individual that will add value to their brand, work well with staff and adapt to the way in which their business operates, the following skills are ideal by recruiters.

Time management – Whether you’re a builder, driver or telesales, the need to manage your time efficiently is a must. Ensuring employers get the most for the salary they are paying, looking for examples of time management is highly advised.

Written communication – Most jobs require some form of written skill, whether it be creating copy, writing emails or carrying out basic administration tasks. For this reason, a CV almost acts like an interview in itself.

Team Work – While candidates may be perfectly able to carry out the duties of the job they are applying for, the need to work in partnership with colleagues is required. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look for past examples where the applicant has successfully worked as part of a team.