Transferable skill types

You may think that you don't have any special skills to offer an employer because you plan to make a career change, just graduated or have no relevant employment record. Truth is that there are quite a few transferable skill types that you most probably have to offer, but just never though about. The following lists show the transferable skill types that you can use in your CV.

Research orientated

  • Estimating and calculating that include cost, project scope and time estimates.
  • Recognizing potential problem areas and providing solutions to existing problems.
  • Generating new ideas and plans.
  • Identification of possible suppliers, products, human resources and any other valuables.
  • Retrieval and repackaging of information.
  • Realistic goal setting abilities
  • Identification of specific wants and requirements
  • Analytical assessment and evaluation abilities.

Organizational and managerial

  • Starting initiatives
  • Managing particulars
  • Directing assignments
  • Supervising groups
  • Entrusting accountability and duties to others
  • Coaching workers
  • Providing guidance
  • Analysis of situations
  • Encourage transformations
  • Promoting innovations and products
  • Making decisions
  • Disagreement solution provision
  • Crisis management

Communication related

  • Good verbal communication
  • Excellent written communication
  • Listening skills
  • Ability to convey ideas in a clear manner
  • Overseeing meetings and group interaction
  • Regular feedback on progress of projects
  • Bargaining abilities
  • Understanding body language
  • Ability to convince people
  • Provision of details
  • Ability to discuss feelings
  • Dialogue
  • Correcting

Job performance

  • Applying decisions
  • Being accountable
  • Decision making abilities
  • Meeting targets
  • Working together
  • Accomplish objectives
  • Adhering to work policies
  • Punctuality
  • Asking for assistance when required
  • Time management
  • Effective organization


  • Building relationships
  • Responsiveness
  • Motivational ability
  • Expressing feelings
  • Listening
  • Assertiveness
  • Providing counsel
  • Working together
  • Giving credit where due
  • Perception
  • Showing respect

These transferable skill types are seen as important attributes in employees. Try to indicate in your CV and through discussions how these skills have contributed to the successful completion of tasks and building of relationships etc.