My skills just don't seem transferable

5 February 2009

Mandy Turpin Consultant at Odgers Select Manchester

First, you need to identify the areas where you can add value to a potential employer. Too many people fail when they are seeking a career change because they don't recognise exactly where they can add value and don't market themselves in the best way.

Employers are increasingly looking for people with a diverse range of skills, gained in a wider variety of sectors. The key point here is that everybody has transferable skills.

Focus less on your specific insurance experience and more on the generic skills learned.

Employers want to know what you did for the business and how you did it effectively.

You need to focus on articulating the positive aspects of the temporary jobs you have done. Interim positions are great platforms for broadening your experience of new sectors, new people and new business cultures.

Regardless of the level and position of the job you are applying for, it is imperative you focus on selling your core skills. It doesn’t matter whether it is selling products, helping customers or administering tasks, there will be a synergy between your experience and their requirements.

It’s important to be genuine, honest and transparent about areas of development you may need. As well as feeling positive about your core skills, tackle the areas where you need to improve. Employers are delighted by candidates who work hard at self-improvement.

This process will help you feel more confident, too.

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