Transferable skills are skills that have been used before in other jobs and that can be used once in a new job.
Transferable skills are the talents a person gathers throughout their career and through other real life experiences which can be applied to a new job or new career. These talents might seem insignificant when a person is looking for new employment, however they’re often just what an employer is looking for when they’re hoping to hire a new employee. Transferable skills include the interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills a person obtained while working previous jobs, undertaking volunteer work, playing a team sport or completing a university degree.
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