Transferable Skills

In a job market where recent graduates indicate they are changing jobs four times within five years of graduation, it is important to articulate the skills you have developed as they relate to new opportunities. How portable is your skill set?

Skills can be acquired in a variety of settings. As a student you develop technical skills related to your major. In addition, you work in teams on class projects or take on leadership positions in a student organization. As an intern you begin to build on your professional portfolio as you help your employers solve problems and meet customer needs. Make a list of your experiences both on- and off-campus and develop an inventory of skills.

What is your expertise? If you are having trouble answering this question, this tip sheet might help. To be successful in the job search you must relate your skill set to the job description and back it up with accomplishments.


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