Transferable Skills & Your "Alt-Ac" Job Search
By the time you are nearing completion of your graduate studies, you have acquired an impressive list of transferable skills through a variety of professional development activities. The stronger your transferable skills are, you will be
- highly competitive on the job market when compared to other equally-qualified candidates;
- able to consider multiple career paths within and beyond higher education; and
- more able than others to pursue a new career if you lose a job due to downsizing.
In sum, you should feel highly confident about landing a job interview!
Your next steps are:
- If you have not already done so, complete at least one transferable skills inventory.
- Go to O*Net Online www.onetonline.org and conduct an Advanced Search browse the database using Skills on the pull down menu.
Note: You can also search by an Industry, Job Cluster, Job Zone, or Jobs with a Bight Outlook.
- Make notes of Occupational Titles of interest to you. You can later search for jobs using the titles as key words.
- Once you find an ad of interest, make sure you meet the qualification (ie., the knowledge, skills, & abilities the job requires).
- Carefully analyze the job announcement to identify the transferable skills desired by the employer;
- Update your résumé to reflect the disciplinary and transferable skills listed in the job ad; and
- Craft a compelling, error-free cover letter that highlights your disciplinary qualifications and related transferable skills.
Use specific examples of how you are able to apply your skills.
- Sign up for a mock interview at the MU Career Center. Practice describing scenarios of how you have applied your transferable skill.
- Make sure that you are well prepared for the interview.
- Make sure that you are prepared for salary and benefit negotiation.
What are transferable skills?
These are the "soft skills" that are n high demand by employers. Learn more about transferable skills.
Specifically, which transferable skills are sought by employers?
Check out this recent national survey of employers.