What are transferable skills, really?
By Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder
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Q. How does a quantitative analyst for a hedge fund get hired as a strategist for aprofessional basketball team?
A. He convinces those doing the hiring that he has the skills to do the job.
The two positions may seem unrelated at first glance, but the New Jersey Nets wanted someone whocould evaluate player stats and past performance to help determine the best combinations of team members to put on the court in various situations. With superior mathematical and analytical skills, thehedge fund analyst fit the bill.
Transferable skills -- abilities that can be applied to different work environments -- can be among a job seeker's strongest assets. Here's a look at some of themost in-demand transferable skills and how to acquire them.
What do employers want?
Simply put, "They want skills that can increase or develop business," says David Couper, a career coach and author of"Outsiders on the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career ... Even When You Don't Fit In." "Organizations want anything that will make them more successful and more profitable."
Some commonlysought-after talents include:
* Execution skills: "These are skills related to getting things done," says Duncan Mathison, a career consultant and co-author of "Unlock the Hidden Job Market: 6 Steps toa Successful Job Search When Times are Tough." Think project management, adaptability and resourcefulness in the face of changing conditions, ability to stay within a budget and accountability.* Managing people:"And not just supervision of subordinates," Mathison notes. "This can include project teams, contractors, volunteers, cross-cultural teams, virtual teams and turning around brokenteams."
* Communication skills:"Writing, training/teaching others, speaking and listening are all important because being a good communicator can make a person more successful at his job --...
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