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. This means your main focus should shift toward on the work history section on your resume, which may show more experience in your field.
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.
An old school rule to follow when creating your resume is to keep it to one page too. Sometimes it matters, sometimes it doesn’t.