Identify Your Transferable or Functional Skills

Transferable or functional skills are ones that easily travel between different types of jobs. They are extremely important skills, as they serve as the bridge between where you may currently be professionally and where you may want to end up.

Transferable skills are those that you acquired in one job and can use in a different job. Take a look at the following list of words that describe various transferable skills. Circle your most commonly used top 20 skills.

adjustdrivenetwork
adviseeditoperate
alterentertainpaint
analyzeevaluatepersuade
arrangeexamineplan
assessfollow uppost data
assistformulateproblem solve
blendguidepublicize
budgethandleread
calculateimproviserecord
care forincluderefill
classifyinfluenceregulate
compareinformrepair
compileinsertreport
composeinstallsell
computeinstructserve
conceptualizeinterviewservice
constructinventsew
consultinvestigatesort
cooklearnsupervise
coordinatelistensynthesize
copymanageteach
createmanipulatetest
decoratemeasuretheorize
demonstratemixtranscribe
diagnosemotivatetype
directnegotiatewrite

Take a look at the skills you circled. Narrow it further to the top 10 that you most enjoy using. Write them below.

Top 10 Transferable or Functional Skills

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SOURCE: Adapted from Janet I. Farley, The Military Spouse's Complete Guide to Career Success (Impact Publications), pages 14-16. Copyright 2008. All rights reserved.