The Career Changer's Dilemma: You want to change careers or start a business but you keep telling yourself you are not qualified or that your current career skills do not demonstrate that you are diversified enough to bring value to a new setting.
You already have plenty of skills that you may not realize are very marketable and useful. These are called "transferable skills" or skills that you already have that can be applied in another setting.
Your resume should feature transferable skills and the measurable accomplishments you gained using them. For example: Built a department of 15 direct reports and within six months was able to increase sales 11%. It doesn't matter what you were selling - the ability to sell is transferable.
If your skills and knowledge are valuable to only one employer, you are in trouble. Sooner or later your employer will no longer be interested in buying those skills or can get someone new to do them for less, and you will have no place else to put them to use. Make sure you are always acquiring new transferable skills or developing the ones you have.
Transferable skills fall into three categories:
2) Organization of Information
3) Operation/Fixing of Systems and Equipment
Communication Transferable Skills:
Facilitating group discussion
Perceiving nonverbal messages
Inspiring and motivating people to act
Providing support for others
Delegating with respect
Managing conflict - people
Evaluate Your Own Work and that of others
Organization of Information Transferable Skills:
Forecasting and predicting
Developing evaluation strategies
Attend to detail
Make sound decisions
Manage a Budget
Attend to written, visual and auditory detail
Delegating with respect
Ability to think and act independently
Create and implement strategy
Opration/Fixing of Systems and Equipment Transferable Skills
Coordinate equipment interfaces
Manage a sound system
Manage a lighting system
Manage facilities operations - HVAC, utilities, etc.
Commercial and residential real estate construction
Repair equipment / machinery / appliances / technology
Define your transferable skills that may be applied to another career oryour own business. Practice how you describe them on an interview, networking situation or sales call. Assure the voice in your head, which is trying to protect you from failure, that you have the skills defined above to be an asset to any organization.
Understanding your transferable skills will give you the confidence to apply for "stretch" jobs and start things you weren't sure you had the background for. They are the foundation for moving forward. They will empower you to acquire and hone new skills. They are your springboard to building a stronger background of skills.
Make a list of your "Transferable Skills" and what you have accomplished with them. Make sure that accomplishment is quantifiable. (Decreased costs 3%, increased sales 6%, shortened the time to market 15%.) Start now!
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. She is a graduate of The Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother with four children under seven-years-old who endured a divorce that took she and the children from the country club life to public assistance from where she rose to the level of CEO to support her family. Areas of Specialty: Live/Career Reinvention Coaching, Strategic Planning / Board Development / Executive Coaching / Healthcare / Public Relations / Meeting Facilitation / Leadership / Productivity / Life/Career Transition. Her book "Starting Over - 25 Rules for When You've Bottomed Out" is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.
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