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How can transferrable skills help you get a new job?

How can transferrable skills help you get a new job?

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COVID may have taken your job, but it hasn’t taken your abilities. Find out what other jobs might be available to you based on the skills you already have!

With lockdowns imposed unpredictably and restrictions applied with little warning, it is no wonder many businesses struggled to survive through the pandemic. According to the ABS, 72% of businesses reported less income due to social distancing measures.

In April 2020, the ABS recorded 1.8 million people had worked reduced or zero hours and underemployment hit a historic high of 13.8%. Only one month later, job vacancies fell 43% below February figures.

It can be useful for those who have lost their jobs or have been working less during the pandemic, to learn where they could work instead if their industry is lacking opportunities for career development. It’s possible to possess skills that are highly valuable to a company who wish to diversify their workforce.

Skills that are used in one job, and can be used in another, are called transferrable skills. Knowing what transferrable skills you possess is important when you’re trying to step into a new industry.

If your job has been affected by COVID-19, keep reading to learn what industries you may be able to join, based on the skills you already have.

 

What are common transferrable skills?

Before we dive into the jobs you could take on, you’ll need to know what transferrable skills are so you can identify and showcase them on your CV.

Common examples of transferrable skills include:

  • Customer service

  • Communication (written and/or verbal)

  • Planning

  • Negotiating

  • Training and coaching

  • Computer skills

  • Managing employees or teams/Leadership skills

  • Critical thinking

  • Teamwork

  • Problem-solving

  • Creativity

  • Relationship building

These are skills that are not unique to certain industries. Think about the role you’re applying for and ask yourself what tasks you will need to perform; this will give you an idea of what transferrable skills will be relevant to add to your resume or talk about in the interview.

Example One: A skill that was not listed above is heavy lifting. Some roles in manufacturing require you to be physically fit to perform the tasks. While you may currently be a café worker, you might go to the gym regularly and have the strength required for the manufacturing role, which makes you a great candidate. Thinking outside the box can be beneficial in this instance.

Example Two: You’ve worked in a busy retail store for many years and pride yourself on giving great service, you love talking to people. This natural desire to build relationships and service your customers would transfer well to a role in recruitment, such as a Resourcer.

Where could I go?

Industries hit hardest by COVID-19 in Australia are:

  • Accommodation and food services

  • Arts and recreation

  • Information media and telecommunications

Luckily, there are plenty of skills that can be transferred from these industries. While not all jobs listed below are in decline, it’s worth noting what jobs might be available to you if you’re like the 41% who are looking for a career change this year.

Job Title

Industry

Skills

Potential Job Opportunities

Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers

Accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services

  • Building relationships

  • Planning and prioritising

  • Communicating within a team

  • Coaching and developing others

  • Coordinating the work of a team

 

  • Data Entry Clerk – All industries

  • Customer Services Administrator – All industries

  • Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

  • Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

  • Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

  • Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Cafe and Restaurant Managers

Accommodation and food services

  • Negotiating and resolving conflicts

  • Planning and prioritising

  • Coordinating the work of a team

  • Coaching and developing others

  • Communicating with people

  • Data Entry Clerk – All industries

  • Customer Services Administrator – All industries

  • Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

  • Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

  • Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

  • Production Worker – Manufacturing

  • Food Production/ Process Operators – Manufacturing

  • Storesperson – Manufacturing

  • Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

  • Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Call or Contact Centre Workers & Manager

Information media and telecommunications

  • Building relationships

  • Keeping knowledge up to date

  • Planning and prioritising

  • Making decisions and solving problems

  • Collecting and organising information

  • Data Entry Clerk – All industries

  • Customer Services Administrator – All industries

  • Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

  • Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

  • Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

  • Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers

Accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services

  • Handling and moving objects

  • Building relationships

  • Communicating within a team

  • Influencing people

  • Data Entry Clerk – All industries

  • Customer Services Administrator – All industries

  • Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

  • Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

  • Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

  • Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Conference and Event Organisers

Accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services

  • Planning and prioritising

  • Negotiating and resolving conflicts

  • Building relationships

  • Communicating with stakeholders

  • Data Entry Clerk – All industries

  • Customer Services Administrator – All industries

  • Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

  • Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

  • Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

  • Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Fitness Instructors

Arts and recreation services

  • Building relationships

  • Doing physically active work

  • Keeping knowledge up to date

  • Communicating with people

  • Doing physically active work

  • Customer Services Administrator – All industries

  • Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

  • Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

  • Production Worker – Manufacturing

  • Food Production/ Process Operators – Manufacturing

  • Storesperson – Manufacturing

  • Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

  • Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Food Trades Assistants

Accommodation and food services

Building relationships

Doing physically active work

Looking for changes over time

Coordinating the work of a team

Communicating with people

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Recruitment Resourcer - Recruitment

Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

Production Worker – Manufacturing

Food Production/ Process Operators – Manufacturing

Storesperson – Manufacturing

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians

Arts and recreation services, information media and telecommunications

Keeping knowledge up to date

Handling and moving objects

Planning and prioritising work

Managing files and records

Data Entry Clerk – All industries

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

Production Worker – Manufacturing

Food Production/ Process Operators – Manufacturing

Storesperson – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides

Arts and recreation services

Building relationships

Communicating with people

Keeping knowledge up to date

Communicating within a team

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

General Managers

Arts and recreation services, information media and telecommunications

Planning and prioritising work

Building relationships

Guiding and directing staff

Coordinating the work of a team

Making decisions and solving problems

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Hotel and Motel Managers

Accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services

Building relationships

Communicating with people

Planning and prioritising

Guiding and directing staff

Negotiating and resolving conflicts

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Receptionists

Accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services

Building relationships

Communicating with people

Collecting and organising information

Keeping knowledge up to date

Providing office support

Data Entry Clerk – All industries

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Retail Managers

Accommodation and food services

Planning and prioritising

Negotiating and resolving conflicts

Guiding and directing staff

Communicating with people

Coordinating the work of a team

Data Entry Clerk – All industries

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

Production Worker – Manufacturing

Food Production/ Process Operators – Manufacturing

Storesperson – Manufacturing

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Sales Assistants (Retail)

Accommodation and food services, arts and recreation services

Influencing people

Negotiating and resolving conflicts

Building relationships

Communicating with people

Data Entry Clerk – All industries

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

Production Worker – Manufacturing

Food Production/Process Operators – Manufacturing

Storesperson – Manufacturing

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Ticket Salespersons

Arts and recreation services, information media and telecommunications

Communicating with people

Making decisions and solving problems

Communicating within a team

Managing data entry

Data Entry Clerk – All industries

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Client Administration Assistant – Insurance & Wealth Management

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

Waiters

Accommodation and food services

Communicating with people

Building relationships

Influencing people

Negotiating and resolving conflicts

Doing physically active work

Customer Services Administrator – All industries

Recruitment Resourcer – Recruitment

Warehouse Packer – Manufacturing

Production Worker – Manufacturing

Food Production/Process Operators – Manufacturing

Storesperson – Manufacturing

Internal/Trade Sales – Manufacturing

Graduate Roles – Insurance, Wealth Management & Recruitment

While it may seem like you are taking a step backwards or sidestepping, starting an entry-level position gives you the chance to experience the industry, build a strong network and gain valuable knowledge.

You can then work your way up through a pathway that you didn’t previously have access to. You might even want to continue developing your skills through external studies. In this case, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram where we’ll share tips about free courses you could take to build your skillset.