How to Add Transferable Skills into a Resume

It’s no secret that by highlighting directly related skills on your resume to your new desired role, you are essentially letting employers know that you can learn and adapt to new situations.

But wait… what actually are these so called “transferable skills” when referring to a resume? Put simply, this is when you are connecting the skills you’ve learned from previous jobs directly to the position for which you are applying for.

The most important rule of thumb to follow here is to consistently match the skills that are listed on your resume with those listed  under your potential employers’ open job description. Go straight to where they have requirements .


This means if you are applying for a job as a web developer, and the job description lists the need for developers who can work in PHP, you may want to include a list of your relevant programming languages on your resume.

Now lets say you’re applying for a job as a virtual assistant, and the job description mentions the need for individuals with good organizational skills…. you would want to include a list of your professional organizational skills, but dont get too lengthy (consider removing filler words, like ‘a’, ‘the’, and ‘like’. This helps keep your resume within one page).

But this is will NOT always be the same for every job title. A great example is if you happen to be creating a resume for a creative field like graphic design or advertising, then you have a hell of a lot more flexibility when it comes to style…. Often, creative interviewers view the resume as a showcase of creative skills and abilities.

So this means your resume may include more style than function.

What to do in this scenario? Change things up a bit. Swap out your current heading and replace it with a self-assessment section. This way you can lists all of your graphic design skills without having to fluff it up.

By the same token if you happen to be in a more traditional industry, your employment background may be more important to employers.

Why is this? Well, in a nutshell your abilities would actually “transcend” your future job title  in essence. Meaning, you learned a ton of crap over the years by way of previous jobs you’ve already held. And well, if you didn’t fully understand what was “transferable”, there you have it.

means your main focus should shift toward on the work history section on your resume, which may show more experience in your field.

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A good rule to follow when creating your resume is to keep it to one page. If your resume is longer than a page,

How to Add Visual Tidbits throughout a Resume

To make your resume more visually appealing, it may be helpful to alter the formatting of the main section of your CV body, which starts with your contact information:

  • Try bolding your name, changing the font color to dark gray or using a different font altogether in order to call attention to your contact information.

Instead of using a standard color, use a unique page color that relates to your industry.

  • For example, if you are a graphic designer, consider using a yellow background for your header and section headers. This will help your resume stand out and provide the hiring manager with a easier time understanding your qualifications.


In order to make your resume more visually captivating, you may consider using a different color palette in your headings.

Without question, your header should be placed at the top of your resume and include your full name, contact information and a link to your professional profile or website if you have one.

  • If you are using a resume template, you may consider including a link to your linkedin, instagram, personal website, or any social media profile where your portfolio is located as well.

A professional profile or website can be a helpful reference for potential employers if you have limited work experience. It can also be useful if you have been out of the workforce for some time.

  • Explain the responsibilities you held in your previous roles, and give examples of your accomplishments.

Depending on your level of work experience, you can include up to five work references in your resume. Try to include individuals who can speak to your best qualities and provide insight into why you may be a good fit for the job.

  • You can include up to three professional references per job position. Try to give the hiring manager you have a good relationship with so that they can provide you with a positive review.
  • If you have limited work experience, you can include  your direct supervisor who can speak to your work ethic, your ability to learn and your willingness to adapt to new environments.
  • If you have been in the workforce for several years, you can include an employer’s general manager who can speak to your experience, skills and qualifications.
  • You can include a personal reference as long as you have them. This can be an employer’s former employee, but you can also include a friend or neighbor.