How to use Transferable Skills, to attract Recruiters?

-By Sarabjeet Sachar, Career transition coach

Hidden Skills that might be very interesting to the Recuiters
Techniques to identify & highlight your hidden skills to draw Recruiter’s attention

Transferable Skills

More than 90% of the job seekers do not showcase their transferable skills and present only their domain or hard skills to promote their candidature. This means they miss out on a major opportunity to effectively attract recruiters. With over 3 decades of experience in sales, recruitment and career transition coaching when I have personally coached over 3000 job seekers and guided over 10,000 candidates, I have observed that even suitable candidates lose out on job opportunities because they use a traditional approach.

Identifying Transferable Skills

These are skills which are portable across roles and industries for example – adaptability, ability to communicate through the technology platform, learning, resilience, flexibility and so on which are also the skills that are in demand with the current pandemic on. 

While employers look for relevant domain skills they also seek transferable skills, the combination of which reflects an individual’s candidature holistically.  They are virtues which represent the potential of an individual even if the candidate does not have direct experience or much experience in the targeted field. Hence the transferable skills gain importance.

Think about it. What if you have great IT skills however do not have the resilience to bounce back after failing at a project. How effective will you be? So it is very critical to present your transferable skills to expand your job options. Let me help you in identifying your transferable skills.  Let’s do a small exercise. Write down 3 personal and 3 professional stories of success  using the following format :

What was the challenge/project – that you handled?

How did you go about handling it? and

What was the measurable outcome?

Let the flow of the stories be natural the way you experienced it except that you need to follow the structure mentioned above while describing them. For example, the personal success story could be that you were planning a holiday trip with your family and you managed it well with proper planning for negotiating to research.  Include the hurdles that you would have faced and how you handled them well, for example at the last moment your hotel booking got cancelled and changed to another cheaper hotel and how you managed to retain it and so on.

Similarly, take a professional story of how you managed a project and successfully delivered a measurable outcome. When you have finished writing these stories identify the transferable skills that you would have used and make a list.

Once you have the list ready, as a buffet menu caters to different individuals’ tastes,  you can pick up relevant skills and customise your resume and pitch letter (generally referred to as cover letter) for different jobs.  And including transferable skills along with your domain or hard skills attracts recruiters. When your present skills and stories using your adaptability or resilience to deliver measurable outcomes, it presents a holistic picture of your candidature.

To give you a better understanding of how to integrate transferable skills in the marketing of your candidature, let us take a look at few industries which are hiring/have the  potential to hire and the kind of transferable skills that are in demand with these industries (Source for industries hiring: Forbes, Themuse).

Industry Specific Transferable Skills

Healthcare Indutry – Top Transferable Skills

Besides the clinical ability, the following transferable skills are in demand by employers.

Empathy– The significance of this skill gains a lot more importance in this industry as compared to many other industries.

Team work : The need to collaborate with different departments for patient care is critical.

Working under unpredictable circumstances : It is stressful if you do not have the capability to persevere and continue to deliver results.

Real Estate – Top Transferable Skills

Negotiation – The value of deals are large and unless you are a tactful negotiator you would not succeed in this industry.

Patience – The firming up of deals and orders closing takes a long time. One needs to have high levels of patience to be able to see deals through successfully.

Social cues – Since one is dealing with international clients coming from different cultures, it is important to be aware of social cues which are disrespectful and those which are appreciated.

Retail/Trade – Top Transferable Skills

Attention to detail  – To plan the inventory stocks, display of goods and services requires a good ability for attention to detail.

Conflict management – To handle irate customers and amicably resolve issues.

Interpersonal skills– The constant interactions with customers and internal employees requires great interpersonal skills.

Professional and Business Services – Top Transferable Skills

Listening ability – To understand the challenge faced by clients and being able to devise solutions.

Communication skills through technology platforms – To be able to get your point of view acaross clearly by using the technology platform , making effective presentations and being able to relate to people.

Analytical ability  – Being able to research the needs of customers and draw meaningful inferences.

Once you have identified your own transferable skills, you can customise your resume and pitch letter while reaching out to recruiters which makes you stand out as a candidate. Also, in your LinkedIn profile do include these soft skills in about you section which can be presented in an interesting success story format engaging the reader motivating him/ her to reach out to you. That helps in you getting discovered by employers.

You can’t be normal and expect abnormal returns”

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Use these transferable skills to expand your industry and role options as well as differentiate yourself from other candidates and you will certainly attract recruiters and land up with your dream job.

Blogger’s intro

Sarabjeet Sachar is the Founder & CEO of Aspiration, an agency offering HR services, is a career transition coach with over 3 decades of experience who has helped over 3000 experienced professionals by coaching them personally to fast pace their job search. His coaching service also has an alliance with Shine learning a leading E-learning platform from the Hindustan Times Media house. Has been a jury member for HR excellence awards, a speaker at HR forums has been a contributor of articles to reputed publications like Business World and runs his blog: Sarabjeet is on a mission to assist job seekers to find their dream careers.  His LinkedIn profile link is here:

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How to increase employment during the time of the pandemic

According to the ILO, 400 million fulltime jobs were lost in Q2 of 2020 around the world, such news creates havoc and panic in both the present working population and graduating students across the world, since their future becomes that much more uncertain. This is especially true for the students of travel, tourism, and aviation industries.

Governments around the world are scratching their heads to solve the problem and as of now they are offering furloughs, 0% interest loans and large corporate bailouts. However, such measures are merely like applying a band-aid on a gangrene which is worsening by the day.

We need creative and innovative solutions for this, this write-up is to share my two cents that could potentially address few percentages out of this massive and complex problem.

Let us start with outsourcing of manufacturing work etc. to places such as China. When we do this, we shift millions of job opportunities to such countries and the local market suffers, unable to compete with scale let low cost of production, they slowly die out, killing local industries & jobs. Outsourcing does not help the recipient country either, since working conditions are pathetic with little protection to workers against exploitation, long working hours, absence of health insurance & low salaries.

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The pandemic has shown us that we cannot depend on foreign suppliers for our basic needs, we need local production facilities to satisfy local needs. There is a need to invest in our own countries and become self-reliant instead of running to cheaper sources for everything. Upskilling & reskilling of the workforce with latest technologies and High-tech infrastructure investments etc. should be the highest priority, this could address layoffs in several sectors including travel & tourism.

Though such policies could take a long time to show results, but if implemented successfully, could lead to establishment of high tech and scientific institutions & industries such as Processor Fabrication, A.I. research institutions, Advance Medicare etc.

Even though local production might lead to increased costs in the short run, the extra money in the system would also lead to corresponding increase in the purchasing power of the local economy, consumers will adjust to higher costs due to enhanced purchasing power.

Another avenue of employment generation is shifting towards clean energy sources such as Solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, hydroelectric power etc.

One good example is the UAE, despite being such a young nation, UAE is the first in the Gulf region to send to outer space, “Hope Orbiter,” which is now halfway towards Mars. UAE’s space teams are working with several countries including USA’s NASA to get their people trained for manned space missions, such futuristic powerful initiatives are possible only through a strong and visionary leadership that other countries could follow.

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a few things, like – need for flexibility in our basic supply chain system and ability to adapt to changing dynamics. Recently, in the USA for instance, where farming is largely mechanized over large swathes of land, farmers are currently facing a nightmarish situation, this year’s bumper harvests must be forcibly destroyed due to inability to reach the market & final consumers. Similarly, large dairies owners are forced to flush down millions of gallons of milk into the sewage or rivers.


All this is happening due to the Covid-lockdown, which impacted offtakes by large industry consumers on one hand and the farmers–to-whole sellers-to-retailers supply line on the other. Traditionally, farmers and dairy owners pack in large industry size packaging to ship their produce, which then gets distributed down the supply line in smaller packaging to reach the final consumers. In the absence of any storage at the producer’s end, even picking up farm & milk produce & packaging them has become a losing proposition since there are no buyers. Hence, they are preferring to destroy the produce at the point of production itself. millions of people are out of work and poor

Americans are not able to afford fresh farm produce and milk etc inside several regions of America itself.

These colossal wastages could be easily avoided had smaller high-tech data driven and scientific based local farms, scattered around the country producing and supplying to their vicinity model that thrived in the earlier times – until mechanized farming and large holdings became the vogue. These “farms” could be small green houses, hydroponics vertical farms like in the Singapore, UAE. They could be on building roof tops. They may or may not help the economy in scale, but asides providing supply to the local markets, such initiatives can be permanent source of employment for many people.

The Pandemic in itself is a huge Opportunity, yes, COVID-19 is a treasure trove of job opportunities, in the form of effective vaccine production and distribution (billions of effective doses required). Production and distribution of effective deterrents such as face-masks, PPE kits, gloves, goggles, curative medicines, equipment & machines for treatment, temperature meters, hand sanitizers, sanitizing cabins for offices & establishments, information stickers, outdoor and media information advertisements, ambulances, demand of extra seats on public transportation due to safe-distancing practices, hospitals, beds, doctors, nurses, ward-boys, security personnel, medical insurance agents, all these have created huge requirement of both personnel and investments and are consequently a new parallel economy.

Additionally, due to the rise of work/ study from home, need for user IT equipment’s like laptops, printers, cameras, then connectivity equipment & installation, support and servicing personnel requirement has suddenly multiplied the related businesses to several hundreds and thousands times than the earlier times. Every single household now needs to have a dedicated setup for both offices as well education work. If on the one hand the demand for office and establishment space has reduced, but the need for larger homes and dedicated space for each person has grown. Suddenly close living spaces are crying for conversion to villa and large space to accommodate everyone’s requirement to effectively carry on life on a distance connected mode.

IT being the backbone for Distance working, or hybrid learning, there is huge surge in the technology aspects, a handful of large “Tech giants” is quickly giving way to local level solutions providers. Governments around the world needs to nurture more startups and local tech companies’ model to assist in this global transformation to the new way of living and the world order.

Finally, as the days go by, it is increasingly evident that the world will become a tougher place to live in the short run, more and more traditional model jobs are going to be axed, we may witness  higher unemployment rates, poverty, and misery. The world is at a crisis and can ill afford conflicts and wars amongst nations. There was never a time when strong leaderships and statesmen were more needed than now.


This blog is by Arunav Roy Chowdhurys : he can be contacted at


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Must know websites for online teaching


Top 5 must know websites for online teachers to convert the boring teaching methodology to interactive, interesting, and flipped mode.

Wow it’s time to discover the most exciting websites to convert your traditional classroom to the flipped classroom. These great flipped-classroom apps and websites help students gain new knowledge at home so that they can come to class ready to put it to use. Target people of all ages by using what they know and love. Use virtual reality to immerse students in real-world experiences. Help build a campus ecosystem that makes learning easier.

These are just a handful of the more than 100 innovative and scalable technologies that could transform higher education. And these are just the technologies that are just now being developed. I hope to inspire you.

dpuzzle is an easy-to-use platform allowing you to engage every student, one video at a time. The process is simple – find a video, add questions and assign it to your class. Watch as they progress and hold them accountable on their learning journey. You need to sign up to avail the great features.

You can create a learning game with Kahoot website. The student will learn it with fun. The user can try all in one sitting without forgetting anything. Hesitant? Try it, you will like it.

eopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template easy. There are many templates available as well.

Socrative has delivered formative assessment tools to teachers around the world. Socrative’ s mission has always been to connect teachers with students as learning happens, by providing fun and effective tools to gauge student understanding in real time. This enables teachers to modify their instruction to drive student learning most effectively.

dmodo brings everyone in the education community together to help learners succeed. We create technology, content and platforms that connect teachers, students and parents to each other and help all learners discover their passions and improve their skills.

The writer – Dr. S. Gomathi is a teaching consultant with UK-IQ and is an assistant professor, technical trainer, e-tutor & a researcher since 2010. She’s a Google Certified Trainer, certified Publons academy peer reviewer, IEEE member, fellow member in Scholars Academic and Scientific Society, editor and reviewer in SCOPUS & several international journals, holds Indian Book of Record as “Young Scientist,” “Women Scientist,” “Young researcher,” “Pride of nation Pratibha Samman award 2020”. Dr. Gomathi takes keen interest on teaching with technologies, Big data, business analytics, data mining, machine learning, data analytics, data science, IoT, and Cybersecurity and can be reached at


The need for change

Education has reached a tipping point, its methods are steeped in history, not really relevant to today’s world and do not take into account the significant changes in demographics and workplace changes mainly driven by technological advancements in the workplace

Some facts

  1. Over 1.6billion learners have poor access to quality education
  2. 260+ million children are not in schooling
  3. 400 million children and adolescents are in school but not learning effectively
  4. 573 million people will need upskilling for the technology revolution by 2025

Many education companies believe they have changed the game just by putting material online, but this is not a game changer. Companies are putting courses online which have no value except to those EdTech companies’ profits, they are simply in effect putting textbooks online, in many cases claiming their courses are free but in effect they are then making money from so called “certificates” which in most cases have no regulatory authority overseeing their quality

This is not solving the issues of getting children into well paid careers

Training needs to be regulated and controlled to standards that are accepted by companies looking for employees trained for the modern world and the training needs to be then supported by those companies through the lifelong career path of the employees

Governments in particular need to be helped along these paths, they currently look to existing consultants who think along traditional lines working on the “don’t fix it if it’s not broken” scenario without understanding that it really is broken, education doesn’t need a sticking plaster, it needs a major operation

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Michelle Shaw, CEO, UK-IQ She can be contacted at