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9/4/16 - Transferable skills from non-paid positions can enhance your resume

On the Job with Dana Plowmnan 

There are lots of reasons a person could have trouble putting together a descent resume. You may have a gap in employment; you are trying to switch careers or professions; or you have been a stay-at-home mom the past few years.

The good news is that resumes are changing to reflect skills more than job history. Your skills that apply to the job can be just as valuable as experience. Resumes are now reflecting non-paid positions such as volunteerism, continuing education classes, parenting, hobbies and sports. These newly non-paid positions help fill the gap between employers. By adding skills that transfer from daily life to a new job position give employers a better understanding of who they may be hiring, as well as your interests, values and experiences.

Here are examples of five transferable skills you may want to include in your resume:

Communication: writes clearly and concisely, speaks effectively, listens attentively, openly expresses ideas, negotiates/resolves differences, leads group discussions, provides feedback, persuades others, provides well-thought out solutions, gathers appropriate information, confidently speaks in public

Interpersonal Skills: works well with others, sensitive, supportive, motivates others, shares credit, counsels, cooperates, delegates effectively, represents others, understands feelings, self-confident, accepts responsibility

Research and Planning: forecasts/predicts, creates ideas, identifies problems, meets goals, identifies resources, gathers information, solves problems, defines needs, analyzes issues, develops strategies, assesses situations

Organizational Skills: handles details, coordinates tasks, punctual, manages projects effectively, meets deadlines, sets goals, keeps control over budget, plans and arranges activities, multi-tasks

Management Skills: leads groups, teaches/trains/instructs, counsels/coaches, manages conflict, delegates responsibility, makes decisions, directs others, implements decisions, enforces policies, takes charge.

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