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How Women Can Add "Transferable Skills" to Their Resumes

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Ford R. Myers

Job Search Tips for those who Celebrate American Business Women's Day

American Business Women's Day ( is celebrated on September 22nd. Many women at this blog are seeking work, or transitioning back into the workforce. If you are a female job seekers who has been out of the paid workforce for a period of time - yet have been performing valuable, non-paid work - then Ford R. Myers, Career Coach, Speaker and Author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring," (John Wiley & Sons, encourages you to "think outside the box." By drawing on a variety of past experiences, in both paid and non-paid positions, when applying for new employment, you can come up with a list of "transferable skills." Your transferable skills may be acquired during any activity - volunteer positions, classes, projects, parenting, hobbies, and sports - and are applicable to your next job. By adding transferable skills to a resume, employers get a better understanding and broader picture of who they are hiring - as well as the interests, values and experiences that the candidate brings to the table.


"My hope is that this American Business Women's Day will encourage female job seekers to identify and promote the professional skills they've developed in all the facets of their lives, not just from years of on-the-job experience," says Myers.  

Do you have any of these following skills? List them and prioritize them, with a description of the measurable outcomes such as funds raised, volunteers organized, children supervised, or number of events launched.


1.   Communication:  writes clearly and concisely, speaks effectively, listens attentively, openly expresses ideas, negotiates/resolves differences, leads group discussions, provides feedback, persuades others, provides well-thought out solutions, gathers appropriate information, confidently speaks in public


2.   Interpersonal Skills:  works well with others, empathetic, supportive, motivates others, shares credit, counsels, cooperates, delegates effectively, represents others, understands feelings, self-confident, accepts responsibility


3.   Research and Planning:  forecasts/predicts, creates ideas, identifies problems, meets goals, identifies resources, gathers information, solves problems, defines needs, analyzes issues, develops strategies, assesses situations


4.   Organizational Skills:  handles details, coordinates tasks, punctual, manages projects effectively, meets deadlines, sets goals, keeps control over budget, plans and arranges activities, multi-tasks


5.   Management Skills:  leads groups, teaches/trains/instructs, counsels/coaches, manages conflict, delegates responsibility, makes decisions, directs others, implements decisions, enforces policies, takes charge


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Reprinted by permission of Ford R. Myers, a nationally-known Career Coach and author of "Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring." Download your free bonuses now at 

Ford R. Myers is President of Career Potential, LLC. His firm helps clients take charge of their careers, create the work they love, and earn what they deserve! Ford has held senior consulting positions at three of the nation's largest career service firms. His articles and interviews have appeared in many national magazines and newspapers, and he has conducted presentations at numerous companies, associations and universities. In addition, Ford has been a frequent guest on television and radio programs across the country. He is author of Get the Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring. More information is available at: and 

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