6 Transferable Skills You Should Bring to Your Next Job

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Transferable skills are very sought after in the energy industry. When building out your resume and preparing for interviews to find your next job in this market, make sure to highlight skills like verbal communication, writing, and computer skills. These are critical skills needed to survive in today’s business world, and just about every job in energy needs people who can communicate well. While industry experience is helpful, it’s a willingness to learn amid an ever-changing environment that is really important. Here is an overview of the top 6 transferable skills you should bring to your next job.


1. Teamwork

Working effectively in a group or team to achieve goals is one of the most important (yet not industry-specific) skillsets that managers are looking for. That’s because, in almost every job you apply for, you will be expected to work as part of a team.  Demonstrating your ability to work with others will reassure employees that you are a good fit for the role and can offer a valuable contribution. To demonstrate your teamwork abilities, think about examples of when you have worked well with others in formal or informal groups to achieve results.


2. Leadership

Leadership is about showing initiative, vision, and the ability to motivate others. And while you may not be applying for a role that specifically requires leadership abilities, these skills are always helpful to demonstrate your capability to lead in certain situations. There are many skills you need to be an effective leader so think about examples when you have helped to motivate, take responsibility for, and lead others effectively to accomplish objectives and goals.  You should also consider whether you can delegate effectively and whether you are happy to ask for help when needed.


3. Time Management

The ability to manage and prioritize your workload and time effectively is a cross-industry, cross-position skillset. No matter where you work or what you do, you need to demonstrate the ability to organize your work and your time to be effective on the job. To make sure you highlight this in a new role, think about how you have previously demonstrated how you have structured and arranged resources to achieve objectives. Your ability to prioritize conflicting demands, avoid distractions, and meet deadlines is a strength that will serve you well.


4. Listening

Listening may be a very underrated professional skill, but it is an important one. You will be required to understand and process important or complex information in many jobs as not listening effectively can lead to potentially costly mistakes, misunderstandings, and lost opportunities.


5. Research and Analytical Skills

Not just for academia, the ability to gather, interpret, and analyze information is another great transferable skill. There are often opportunities to learn on the job, but it will require your ability to collect and navigate complex information if they are to be handled successfully. The world of business is always changing, so make sure you can stay ahead of changing trends by leveraging these skills.


6. Written and Verbal Communication Skills

When you are working with other people, whatever the project might be, the art of communication is key. Employers are looking for staff with strong written and verbal skills, professionals who can share their ideas and solutions with others effectively. Communication has changed dramatically in recent years, but the basics of communication skills have stayed the same. Can you write clearly and concisely? Can you speak passionately but directly? These abilities will serve you well in whatever job or industry you choose.


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