Each position you apply for is going to have a list of ‘required’ or ‘preferred’ qualifications. This tells you what skills you need to fill the job. You’ll find a lot of positions that you can fill. So, where’s the disconnect between checking off each of the qualifications and getting hired? The key may be transferable skills.
These skills can’t be learned in a big lecture hall. Effective communication, problem solving and time management all fall into this category of transferable skills. Here we’ll break down the top 6 skills, ranked by employers.
Where can you get these skills? Acquiring transferable skills, like the ones above, require tacit learning. This means that you learn them through doing. You know all of those group projects that you hate?
They are actually helping you establish the most sought after skill, as rated by real employers.
And giving speeches in COMS 130?
That is helping you be a better communicator… Thanks KU Core.
Most of these skills are based in human interaction. If you’re the type to resist human contact at all costs — including going to Walmart at 1:00 am and only using the self-checkout before you avoid making eye contact with anyone and shuffling back to your car — stay tuned for the next addition to this series, Meaningful Connections.
In the meantime, you might be asking yourself how you can express these skills to employers. While including words on your resume like collaborate and analyze is important, being able to talk about your experiences as a means of showcasing skills is the best way to spell it out for an employer. This is where CAP comes in. We’ll help you identify your skills and talk about them – just like you would to an employer.