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Transferable Skills

Marketable job skills can be broken down into five basic categories -- skills sets -- that job-seekers can use in showing applicable skills from one job/career to the next.

Below is a list of five broad skill areas, which are divided into more specific job skills:
1. Communication
The skilful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas:
  • Speaking effectively
  • Writing concisely
  • Listening attentively
  • Expressing ideas
  • Facilitating group discussion
  • Providing appropriate feedback
  • Negotiating
  • Perceiving nonverbal messages
  • Persuading
  • Reporting information
  • Describing feelings
  • Interviewing
  • Editing
2. Research and Planning
The search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs:
  • Forecasting, predicting
  • Creating ideas
  • Identifying problems
  • Imagining alternatives
  • Identifying resources
  • Gathering information
  • Solving problems
  • Setting goals
  • Extracting important information
  • Defining needs
  • Analyzing
  • Developing evaluation strategies
3. Human Relations
The use of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to and helping people:
  • Developing rapport
  • Being Sensitive
  • Listening
  • Conveying feelings
  • Providing support for others
  • Motivating
  • Sharing credit
  • Counselling
  • Cooperating
  • Delegating with respect
  • Representing others
  • Perceiving feelings, situations
  • Asserting
4. Organization, Management and Leadership
The ability to supervise, direct and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfilment of goals:
  • Initiating new ideas
  • Handling details
  • Coordinating tasks
  • Managing groups
  • Delegating responsibility
  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Counselling
  • Promoting change
  • Selling ideas or products
  • Decision making with others
  • Managing conflict
5. Work Survival
The day-to-day skills that assist in promoting effective production and work satisfaction:
  • Implementing decisions
  • Cooperating
  • Enforcing policies
  • Being punctual
  • Managing time
  • Attending to detail
  • Meeting goals
  • Enlisting help
  • Accepting responsibility
  • Setting and meeting deadlines
  • Organizing
  • Making decisions
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