Show your Spark: How to Leverage Transferable Skills Regardless of Industry


Do you long to work in many industries throughout your career? Think that making a switch might be next to impossible? You’re actually more likely to change jobs and industries than you think.

According to recent studies, the average Canadian holds a whopping 15 jobs throughout their career! If you feel you’re ready to make a change but don’t know how to tailor your resume, read on for our tips on showcasing your best recruitment profile through transferable skills!

1. Technical Skills

Did you develop a technical skill in your current role where you’d say you’re pretty much an expert? You can definitely bring that skillset to a new industry. For example, let’s say you were working as a financial analyst in a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company, but you want to work in finance in a telecommunications company. Since you’ve developed a technical skill set and perhaps earned a designation like CPA or CFA while working in your current role, you can definitely leverage this to change industries. While the day to day operations and purpose of the company may be different, the nature of the work is likely similar, so you can definitely transition into this new role with ease.

2. Make Use of Soft Skills

Soft skills like your ability to communicate and lead others are truly what set candidates apart and are valued in every industry. No matter which industry you choose to work in, being able to lead others is necessary especially if you want to advance your position. Highlight your soft skills on your resume by writing about the projects you led or the initiatives you spearheaded. You also can showcase these soft skills through informal networking with the company you are interested in working at. Many employers these days look at one’s ability to learn over having a specific previous internship or work experience.

3. Capitalize on your Company’s Mission

Suppose your company is known as having the best in class customer service in the retail industry. This is due to the fact that customer service is embedded within the company’s mission statement. You’ve been living and breathing this mission statement throughout your current role, so you can definitely take this enthusiasm to a different company in a different industry. Perhaps your company is built on innovation – this could definitely be bridged to a role in a different industry. Try framing your objective statements (or LinkedIn headers) to match to what you are applying for in order to truly shine a light on transferable skills you would bring to the new industry.

4. Showcase your Personal Brand

Did you know your personal brand may be your biggest asset? If you have the aptitude to learn anything, the willingness to try, and the determination for going the extra mile, changing industries is easy! The type of work ethic you have and the strength of your network goes a long way. Suppose one of your colleagues moved to another industry and you remained in contact. When an opportunity opens at that company, they are more likely to recommend you for that role if you’ve established a relationship with them and stood out when you two were working together.

Changing industries may seem difficult, but it’s not impossible. By highlighting your transferable skills, technical skills, and personal brand, anything is possible. The sky is truly the limit if you are determined and courageous enough to make a change.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get applying! Take a look at our career page for ideas on where to start.