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What Are Your Transferrable Skills?

Terri Davis magazine

And how do you break from your resume history to persuade a recruiter to give you a shot at a new, golden opportunity?



Not unlike a Hollywood movie star, it’s easy to be typecast in your role and your career based on what you’ve done previously. Obviously to get a job, you need to show a track record and experience in your line of work. Yet this track record of narrow expertise in any field can work against you, especially if you are forced by circumstances or your own mid-life crisis to try something new.

You’ll likely have the HR department scratching their heads if you apply for a role for which you have little or no direct experience.

But it’s a bit like telling Jim Carrey that he can’t do a serious role because he was so well known for comedies. Yet he is versatile, with all the transferrable skills that made him at one time the highest paid actor in Hollywood. Yet he had to fight and plead for some of the serious roles he did eventually take on, but at a deep discount in salary when compared to his comedic work. Meanwhile, once given the shot, he proved himself in serious roles with several Oscar nominations.

The point being you also have transferrable skills. The trouble might be getting the casting agent (aka the human resource manager or recruiter) to see past your previous roles and see how what you did then has prepared you for something different now.

The added trouble here, with applying for jobs, is that if you apply for something outside of your experience, 99.9% of recruiters are going to toss you to the ‘no’ pile. Yet if you apply for something that fits your experience perfectly, you’ll continue to be typecast for certain roles in certain industries.

Is there any way around this? With some ingenuity and perseverance, there is a chance you can shift to compete for a different role.

First, write your resume in such a way that it shows off your transferable skills even before you list the places you’ve worked. Talk about transferrable skills as its own section, while also listing the positive impact your transferrable skills made in your previous work. This can be anything from improving processing speeds, to implementing a new technology that made the company more profitable, or ways your work or your department innovated in such a way that it became policy across departments to the benefit of your company.

Second, highlight your personality skills with testimonials from people who know you in work and life, from your superiors, to your co-workers, to someone who’s known you a very long time who works outside of your industry. The purpose is to show you are a flexible person who gets along with people from all walks of life and you can adjust and adapt your approach to every circumstance. This will show that your people skills and your ability to learn, to adjust, to compensate and be flexible, is very high. If you put this up front in your resume, it will be front and centre for the decision maker, which will put you in a whole new light in ways that the typical resume, listing job title, years of service, and job description, can never do.

If you need help getting your transferable skills across or writing a resume that compels recruiters to give you a second interview, contact us at beprofound@profoundtalent.com

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Anne Hayes

Relationship Development Manager

Anne has enjoyed an eclectic career, which started in Corrections as both a parole and probation officer. Recognizing this was not her life passion, she commenced her search to find a new career path leading her to a 20+ year of reward and personal fulfillment in business development and sales. Not all was lost in this transition, as the one common theme throughout her career has been the creation of opportunities for human interaction, communication, and developing and fostering relations.

Over the past 20 years, Anne has worked in sales for Coca-Cola, Alley Kat Brewery, Papyrus greeting cards, a pharmaceutical company and, most recently, in supporting the growth of the Edmonton International Airports’ parking products through business development initiatives.  Anne has a strong ethic around giving back to the community and has served on the Boards of YouCan and the Edmonton Comedy Festival. She has also co-founded a women’s networking group that boasts 80 members called WINONA.

As the newest member of the ProFound Talent team, Anne serves as our Relationship Development Manager. Continuing with what Anne does best, she builds the ProFound brand, she attracts new client relations, and she serves our clients by being their partner in growth. Anne understands that to build lasting client relationships, it is important to establish trust and to co-create clear expectations and common goals.

When Anne is not at work, she enjoys being tormented at Orange Theory Fitness (pre-Covid) and taking long walks with her golden retriever, Dougie. Anne enjoys spending time with her family and going back to her home city of Vancouver, to enjoy time with her son, the ocean air and to visit her friends and clients.

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People are the root of this business and it is important for Shelley to see them flourish, succeed and achieve their goals.  Diversity and inclusion are of personal interest to Shelley and she strives to make sure that every human being is accepted with the warmth and respect deserving of them.

Shelley believes that variety is the spice of life and engaging in different activities keeps a person fresh and fulfilled.  Shelley is a certified dog obedience trainer and when she is not working you will find her spending time with her two chihuahuas Daisy and Chica.  In the past, Shelley spent countless hours rehabilitating shelter dogs to re-home them successfully.  Shelley is enthusiastic about exploring alternative methods of healing through energy work and meditation.  In fact, it was ProFound’s attraction strategy and desire to help people that set Shelley on a mission to be a part of the ProFound family.

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