How Transferable Skills Can Land You a Job

There are a few things all job seekers need to have, like in-depth experience, solid references, and a pretty legitimate job search plan. However, apart from the norm, transferable skills are just another way you can kill the job search woes and land yourself a job.

For those who aren’t familiar, transferable skills are those skills that can be applied to many positions. For example, if you have an advanced knowledge of Photoshop, you can promote this skill towards a variety of opportunities, not just the ones you think you can apply to.

But, how else can transferable skills help you in the job hunt?

Your job search is easier

Picture this: you’re a candidate looking for a job in marketing. If you are skilled in InDesign, have a knack for web design and development, and have a heavy background in analytics, your job search just got easier. Transferable skills help you find better opportunities because you qualify for more things. Plus, if you have more to offer to an employer, you have more control in the job search, which is something we all want more of.

The more you know, the more attractive you are

Let’s be honest: an employer is probably going to pick the candidate who has the most skills that can be translated to an array of platforms, over the candidate who has a limited skill set. This is important for a variety of reasons, but probably no more than the fact that the employer knows you can handle any given project in any given setting.

So, if you’re skilled in French language, you may be the more attractive candidate since the employer knows you can assist them with a foreign client or with translation. It may not be your entire focus in the position, but it’s good to know you can get the job done should the employer need you.

You can effectively beat the system

Many employers use things like Applicant Tracking Systems (or ATS) in order to weed out the best candidates. So, if you have things like transferable skills, you can effectively beat the system. How? The more skills you list in your resume or application that match the job description, the better an ATS can pick you out from the hoards of other candidates. Remember, the closer your application matches the job description, the greater your chances at getting noticed. Plus, if that match includes skills that round you out as a candidate, you’re one step further to landing your dream job.

How many transferable skills do you have? How have they helped you in the job search?

About Mary Marino

Mary Marino is the founder of, a job search resource. has launched its “Occupation Pipeline” widget, a unique tool which enables users to search employment opportunities by sourcing occupations and employers, rather than job titles. Connect with Mary at or on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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