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Transferrable Skills for a Student

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: March 20, 2012 at 9:46 am

You’re in your last semester of school and the time has come to create (or polish) your resume for the first job in your chosen career.

You’ve heard that skills are one of the most important qualities to portray on your resume; however, you’re wondering what skills you might have. After all, up until now you’ve been in school. You don’t have any real world experience. So what do you do?

The answer is to convey your transferrable skills from the classroom to the office. Here are some examples that would work for nearly every college student:

1. Leadership: If you’ve ever been elected to a position in school government or have taken action on a noteworthy cause, it should be mentioned in your resume.

2. Teamwork: School projects that require working with a team, and the results of that project. If you served as a team leader, that’s especially important to include in your resume.

3. Dependability: Past performance is generally indicative of future performance. If you have a perfect attendance record and have completed college coursework in 4 years or less, you should showcase this.

4. Innovation and initiative:  If you’ve come up with a new process during a school project and have championed it with stellar results, this is an achievement worth mentioning.

The idea is to take what you’ve achieved in college and translate (to a hiring manager or recruiter) how it will benefit the company/industry you’re targeting.

Even the smallest accomplishment can be valuable and should be included on the resume to get your first job in your chosen field.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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