Changing your job title: ‘Transfer’ Your Skills Now

The moment you decide towards changing your job title, you are already aware of the stages to follow: target the desired position and retrieve the ‘arsenal’ you need for winning the fight.

transferring skills when changing your job title or role

Changing your job title: the Career Change

Here two case scenarios can be identified: you either plan on making a change within the same field of work (go from being a Social Media Manager to a Marketing Manager) or you set your mind on a completely new area (from Quality Assurance Manager to Sales Manager).

Assuming the first situation doesn’t cause you too much trouble, given your fitting background and matching skills, try and see yourself dealing with the second scenario. How do you approach a job application for a position you have neither experience, nor job-related qualifications for?

Changing your job title: 4 Steps leading to Success

Before you start considering giving up, go over the following steps. You might find out that you’re more resourceful than you give yourself credit for.

Step No. 1: Get informed!

You have to have full knowledge of what the employer is looking for. Do some research on the company and find the specifics of their candidate search. You’ll need this information later on, when working on advertising your capabilities as fitting to the job requirements.

Step No. 2: Select!

Learn the difference between job-related skills (technical skills that are used in a particular job) and transferable skills (those that you have developed throughout your entire life, and can be used in a wide range of situations). As the technical part is not your strongest asset, you have to rely on your transferable expertise.

Step No. 3: Impress!

Now it’s time for you to sit down, clear your mind and identify your key transferable skills. They generally fall into 4 categories: communication, research and planning, interpersonal skills and organization, management & leadership skills.

For you to have a clearer view, let’s take John as an example. He is a Quality Assurance Manager with a background in Engineering. He fancies working as a Sales Manager in Telecommunications. A potential list of skills he can ‘transfer’ is as follows: meeting deadlines, reaching targets, troubleshooting, negotiating successfully, interpersonal skills, effective speaking and verbalization, people management, attentiveness to detail, computer literacy, tactful, energetic.

Have you already got ideas on your personal transferable skills? Check the job description against your candidate profile and highlight those traits which position you as the right person for the job.

Step No. 4: Customize!

Review your CV and Cover Letter and give their content the proper spin. You shouldn’t  necessarily stick to a chronological CV, but rather adopt a functional form. This is even more relevant at senior positions, where finally it would not make a massive difference if you spent 10 years in a job or 12.

This means that the ensure that the emphasis is placed on your skills, or better said transferable skills. You don’t want to point to the recruiter what the different tasks you performed in the past are, but how they have helped you to develop skills relevant for your current career change. The more you know about the personal and professional capabilities you developed over time, the greater your chances of enlarging your career horizon.

Hopefully the important step you decide to take by changing your job title turns our to be as smooth and fulfilling as you imagine it to be!

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