Transferrable Skills

What are transferrable skills?

These are skills that are learned in one situation that can easily be applied in another setting. For example, if you develop your presentation skills in the classroom, you will be able to use that skill in a work setting.

Why are they important?

Employers look for evidence that you are able to contribute to the workplace with the skills they need. They use this information when they are reading your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile and will expect you to provide evidence of your skills and abilities at the interview. The good news is that employers value skills that are developed in any environment. This includes coursework, academic projects, paid and unpaid work, extra-curricular activities and hobbies.

What skills are most important?

Each employer will have different needs depending on the position. There are common skills and attributes that most employers value. According to the Conference Board of Canada Employability Skills Forum, these include:

  • communication (writing, reading, sharing information, listening)
  • managing information
  • using numbers
  • solving problems
  • demonstrating positive attitudes and behaviours
  • responsibility
  • adaptability
  • continuous learning
  • ability to work with others
  • participating in projects and tasks (including planning, organization, adaptability)

Your skills

  1. Complete the Transferrable Skills Worksheet to see what skills you have
  2. Review the Communicating Your Skills tip sheet to see how you can communicate your top skills to employers on your resume and at the interview.
  3. Think about what skills that you would like to develop and plan how you will develop them.


If you have any questions, please set-up an appointment with a Career Counsellor or Employment Advisor.

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