Transferable Skills

Understanding Your Value

General Skills You Have Developed That Will Transfer to Other Career Fields

Teaching: Training, coordinating, communicating, arbitrating, coaching, group facilitating, accessing the Internet, using computers.
Making lesson plans:
Designing curricula, incorporating learning strategies, problem solving, creating visual aids.
Assigning grades: Evaluating, examining, assessing performance, interpreting test results, determining potential of individuals, monitoring progress.
Writing proposals:
Assessing needs, identifying targets, setting priorities, designing evaluation models, identifying relevant information, making hypotheses about unknown phenomena, designing a process, estimating costs of a project, researching funding sources.
Advising a staff/school project: Planning, promoting, fund-raising, group facilitating, handling detail work, meeting deadlines, assembling items of information into coherent whole, classifying information, coordinating, creating dealing with pressure, delegating tasks, displaying ideas in artistic form, editing, making layouts.
Supervising interns: Training, evaluating, mentoring, monitoring progress, diagnosing problem areas, inspiring, counseling, guiding, motivating.
Interpreting diagnostic tests: Screening, placing, identifying needs, diagnosing. Interacting with students, parents, and administration: Confronting, resolving conflicts, establishing rapport, conveying warmth and caring, drawing people out, offering support, motivating, negotiating, persuading, handling complaints, mediating, organizing, questioning, troubleshooting.
Chairing a committee or department: Administering, anticipating needs or issues, arranging meetings, creating and implementing committee structures, coordinating, delegating tasks, guiding activities of a team, having responsibility for meeting objectives of a department, negotiating, organizing, promoting.
Teacher-Parent conferences: Conducting one-on-one/small group conferences.
Working under pressure and meeting deadlines: Several times a day, five days a week, thirty-six weeks a year, a classful of students act out the message, "coming, ready or not," having the ability to step to the front of the classroom to carry out lesson plans. And having a contingency plan for backup, just in case the AV equipment is not delivered on time.

**Within Optimal Resume, you can review the specific skill sets for each certification area.  For example, the section for a biology teacher jobs lists the skills and abilities below (look up your area today!):

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.