Just to add a little fun to the very serious job search process, here’s another career quiz. This one is designed to help you learn to come up with transferable career skills (things you’ve already done that use the same abilities as those the new job requires), depending of course on your particular career history and the job you are going after.
Now, I don’t want to leave you with the false impression that, for example, having read books about neuroscience and being good at slicing vegetables for cooking will get you a job as a brain surgeon. It can’t. And in some cases, transferable skills just won’t cut it. (No pun intended.)
But within a general range of reason, using transferable skills on a resume, cover letter and during interviews can be a big help to your job search. So let’s have some fun with transferable skills:
Transferable Skills Career Quiz – Question #1
You want a job as an office manager. But all your prior experience has been in a restaurant as a waitress and hostess. You want to show the new employer that you have the basic skills to take on office administration duties. Come up with 10 transferable skills to help get you the office manager job.
Oh…and please don’t peek below for my answers yet. Try to come up with them yourself. You may find ones I never thought of.
Possible transferable skills for a restaurant worker wanting a job as an office manager:
- Ordered and managed supplies for the restaurant.
- When needed, met with new suppliers, and submitted written reports with recommendations to management.
- Created an online inventory system using Microsoft Excel.
- Prepared each day for opening, making sure to replenish table and counter supplies. Added items to “supplies to buy” list when low.
- Came up with a new way to organize the supply room, making it easier for staff to find what they needed. Resulted in less items being over-ordered.
- Helped train new employees on basic restaurant duties, including how to use the cash register and deal with tough customers.
- Created PowerPoint presentations to help with trainings.
- Prepared daily menu inserts using Microsoft Word.
- Tallied daily receipts and submitted reports to Manager.
- Handled incoming calls and emails for reservations.
- Used online seating chart software to track reservations.
- Resolved over-booking or missed booking issues.
- Helped with filing and record keeping.
- Excellent customer relations skills.
- Met all deadlines on time.
- Managed petty cash.
Transferable Skills Career Quiz – Question #2
You want a job as an IT business analyst. But, to date, your prior experience has been working as an administrative assistant and then an office manager. You want to show the new employer that you have the basic skills to take on IT business analyst responsibilities. Come up with 10 transferable skills to help get you the IT business analyst job.
My list of possible answers below. Remember…please don’t peek yet. Try to come up with them yourself. You may find ones I never thought of.
Possible transferable skills for an office a manager wanting a job as an IT business analyst:
- Regularly works with staff and senior executives to assess office systems performance (automated and non-automated) and come up with potential business process improvements.
- Oversees implementation of all approved business process improvement projects.
- Liaisons to the IT systems group to represent user needs during automated system upgrades and new development.
- Created organizational charts reflecting responsibilities of each group and staff member.
- Worked with IT developers to help redesign the user interface to OFFSYS, the company office administration program.
- Handles inter-office communications, including writing and transmitting bulletins, updates and monthly progress reports.
- Tracks and monitors deadlines for office projects and deliverables.
- Works with vendors to assure timely and cost-effective completion of contracts.
- Prepares written documents for Board meetings using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
- Coordinates all official office communication to and from Board members.
- Manages office administration staff deadlines and productivity standards.
- Skilled at Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; familiar with Microsoft Project Manager and Visio.
Those are just some possibilities, depending on what you’ve actually done in your prior jobs. Of course, if you haven’t done it, this is not the time to make it up!
Would love to hear some other examples. Can you think of a job you’d like to try for that you may not have exact skills for? Tell us your story. Maybe we can even help suggest transferable skills for you!
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