Career Services

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are the skills and abilities that you acquire throughout your life. You can develop them in WSU courses, work and internship settings, study abroad, sports, volunteering, hobbies, and everything else in between. You carry these skills throughout your life; from internship to internship and career to career. Employers value them because they can be used in multiple ways, and provide value in any workplace setting.

Connect Yourself to Your Skills

It is important that you include transferable skills on your resume and can recognize ways that you can talk about them in connection to your personal experience. These videos below describe transferable skills and discuss how to articulate them clearly to an employer.

PART 1: The Value of Transferable Skills

PART 2: Turning Skills Into Stories

PART 3: Your Next Steps

Top 12 Skills Employers Seek

Surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that transferable skills are the key abilities employers are looking for on resumes. Of all the skills employers seek in any industry, the top 12 are:

  • Problem-Solving
  • Ability to Work in a Team
  • Communication (written)
  • Leadership
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Analytical/Quantitative skills
  • Communication (verbal)
  • Initiative
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Technical skills
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)

How to Write About Transferable Skills