Transferable skills, which are often also soft skills, are capabilities that can be applied to a variety of roles or industries. Examples of transferable skills include creativity, problem solving and communication skills. Take the time to identify the skills you have
developed, whether that’s through volunteer experience in school, your community, or summer employment. Prepped can also help you identify your unique job skills and capabilities.
While in the beginning networking can feel overwhelming or awkward, it’s also a necessary part of finding a job. Building your network is a vital part of your job search – especially if you have no experience. Tell family, friends and colleagues you’re actively job hunting and ask them to
help. Before you attend a networking event or coffee date, have your elevator pitch ready. Your 30-second pitch should cover who you are, what you do, what makes you unique, and what you’re looking for. Remember, companies do rely on referrals, so don’t be shy in spreading the word.
Volunteering is a great way to develop skills and gain experience. Ideally, you want to volunteer in the industry that aligns with your career path. Volunteering also gives you a chance to network with others, which could open the door for future job opportunities. Or, if one is available,
apply for an internship, where you’ll get paid for your time while still gaining valuable experience.
Update your resume to match your soft skills or transferable skills to the requirements of the job posting. If you have experience in any sort of capacity, include it! Be sure the wording on your resume mirrors the job description.
Don’t let a lack of professional experience hold you back. Showcasing your skills and capabilities in a well-written cover letter will help you to get noticed. Prepped has free online resources to help you craft your cover letter, with helpful tips on how to address your letter, conveying
the company’s values and how you’re a great fit for the job, as well as templates to use. Get started by checking out Prepped’s free resumes, cover letters and email templates.