This Simple Formula Makes Highlighting Transferable Skills Easy

It’s not overstating it to say that knowing how to highlight

transferable skills

can make all the difference in your job search.

In case you need a quick refresher: They’re skills you picked up in a previous role that’ll help you excel in the one you’re applying to. But they’re distinct from other experience, because they’re closely (but not exactly) related to what’s called for in the job description.

So, if you’re changing careers, feeling a

little under-qualified

, or trying to explain a winding career path, you can use transferable skills to get a hiring manager to

take a chance

on you.

But just because they can be a game-changer doesn’t mean they apply in every situation. That’s because you can have experience that’s really valuable for your professional development, but that doesn’t translate. And you can possess lots of great skills, but

still be underqualified

for a given position.

To figure out if something’s a transferable skill worth mentioning, use this formula:


As a [prior role], I [explain a responsibility], which taught me [transferable skills]. That’s a skill I would draw on from day one as a [new role].

Of course, it’s not enough to simply fill in the blanks with anything that jumps to mind. (That would be the amazing childhood game called Mad Libs.) You want the sentence you end up with to makes you sound like an even stronger applicant.