A career is an ever-evolving process. In some cases, changes in industry direction can make your work obsolete. A surprising number of current jobs are in danger of fading out of existence in the coming decades. The last recession alone changed the job landscape in ways no one had predicted.
Successful professionals know how to cultivate and use transferable skills to thrive in a shifting economic landscape. Even if your occupation isn’t in danger, you’ll need them for moving up and/or finding a new path if you’re unhappy with your current one.
Transferable skills are qualities that can be carried from one job to another, even into different fields.
For example, the ability to program in Java doesn’t help if you decide to move from software development into sales management. You can use your talents in leadership, negotiation, and communication to take the leap. If you do want to stay in software, but want to lead the team, those same abilities prove you can take on more responsibility.
Taking the time to cultivate these skills pays dividends in any career. Figuring out what they are and how to use them is more straightforward than it may seem.
1. Start with your resume
Brush off or write up your resume. Take a look at the responsibilities you’ve listed and the skills involved. Identify which are specific to your current work and which can be carried over. Rank these by your strength in each. This is your transferable skill list.
2. Break down your future direction
Take a look at where you want to go next. This could be into a new field or a path in your current niche. Find some job descriptions for positions within these paths. Find out which have qualifications that intersect with your transferable skills. Those are your best bets in making a move.
Reach out to people in those fields you know or can connect to (via LinkedIn or other platforms). Let them know what you’d like to do, what skills you plan on leveraging to do it, and ask their advice on making your move. Make sure you include consultants at recruiting firms, as they’re the experts in navigating careers in their specialty areas. This networking can bring in sound advice and even interviews.
4. Market yourself
Using the knowledge you’ve gained, post your resume, and update your LinkedIn profile with an emphasis on your goal. Make sure you highlight the transferable skills that will make you attractive to decision-makers in the field. Use any advice you get in your networking to make sure you’re highlighting what they’ll be most interested in seeing.
Take the Next Step in Your Career
Managing your career, and helping you take your next step, is what Millennium Search is all about. We can help develop your strategy and bring the opportunities that will move you forward. Contact our team to see what we can do for you.