The top 10 transferable skills every employer looks for

Aoife Hynes 09.04.2015

While each role requires a specific skills set, certain skills are desirable to all employers. Here's my top 10 and how you can find your own top transferable skills.

Some people find themselves spending most of their week doing something that makes them unhappy. If this is the case for you, there are a number of questions to ask yourself in an effort to explore your motivations and discover what it is about your current role that is leaving you feeling unsatisfied.

Often it can be as simple as failing to acknowledge your transferable skills, and then lacking the confidence to make that move.

5 Simple Questions to Help Identify Your Own Transferable Skills:

  1. What are the skills that help you succeed in your current role or have helped you to succeed in previous roles?
  2. Which of these skills are transferable?
  3. Which skills are similar to those that your desired employers are looking for?
  4. How can these skills help you as you take on the challenges you might face in a new role?
  5. Which skills can you easily transfer so that you are successful in a new desired role?

While there may be a specific skill set for a particular role, there are certain skills that are generally desirable to employers regardless of the industry. I have listed my top 10 here. Feel free to let me know if there are any other ones you feel should make the list by leaving a comment below!

  1. Interpersonal skills
  2. Teamwork skills
  3. Analytical skills
  4. Oral communication skills
  5. Flexibility
  6. Drive
  7. Written communication skills
  8. Innovation
  9. Time management skills
  10. Commercial awareness


We all like to progress and improve ourselves in all aspects of life. I myself, have only recently had to explore my own transferable skills and question my confidence in these areas. It can take time and work experience for you to completely gain the confidence in your transferable skills but remember, if you have got skills, you just need to take advantage of them.

Unlike your transferable skills, confidence is not something that can be learned. Confidence is a state of mind. Positive thinking, knowledge, practice and talking to other people are all useful ways to help improve or boost your confidence. Confidence comes from feelings of well-being and belief in your own ability, skills and experience.

If you would like to talk to me or any of my colleagues about your skill set, developing confidence and discovering where you could progress within your sector, please contact us. Our specialised consultants can give you guidance and help you to regain job satisfaction. 

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Team Lead | Supply Chain & Procurement