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Mary Lee Gannon
www.StartingOverNow.com
marylee@StartingOverNow.com
Mary Lee Gannon
StartingOverNow.com
 Mary Lee Gannon’s mission is to transform as many lives as
possible with strategies ...
Transferable Skills That Rock
 The Career Changer’s Dilemma
 Reboot What’s In Your Head
 Reboot What’s On Your Resume
...
The Career Changer’s Dilemma:
You want to change careers but…
 You keep telling yourself you are not qualified for
anothe...
Reboot What’s In Your Head
 Head Trash – I don’t have the skills to do that job!
 “If you think you can do a thing or th...
You believe that you don’t have the
right skills to change careers.
What has that cost you?
 Confidence to apply for “str...
If you DID have the skills to reboot your
career what would you be doing right now?
 Applying for jobs outside
of your co...
What empowering belief are you telling
yourself in this fulfilled state?
 I can do anything.
 Life is good – I am so gra...
So what do you do with the head trash
that keeps telling you that you “don’t
have the skills to try something new?”
 1.) ...
Reboot What’s on Your Resume
Tailor every resume, cover letter and application to the
requirements of the job.
 Dates of
...
Reboot Your Skills
to Transferable Skills
 Employability Skills
 Skills that you have that can be applied in
another set...
Your resume should feature “transferable skills”
and “measurable accomplishments” utilizing
those skills.
 Example: Built...
Transferable Skills Fall into
Three Categories:
 1) Communication
 2) Organization of Information
 3) Operation/Fixing ...
Communication
 Speaking effectively
 Writing concisely
 Selling
 Building consensus
 Facilitating group discussion
 ...
Organization of Information
 Forecasting and predicting
 Creating ideas
 Identifying problems
 Creating solutions
 An...
Operation/Fixing of Systems
and Equipment
 Install software
 Engineer systems
 Coordinate equipment
interfaces
 Manage...
Mary Lee Gannon
www.StartingOverNow.com
marylee@StartingOverNow.com
Free Offer
Get the FREE eBook:
“The Productivity Gauge...
How to Determine Your Transferable
Skills and Key Accomplishments
 Start with Your Resume
Skills from Last Job or
Volunte...
Age Bias
“I am older than most people in the work force and certainly than
most people looking for work. How do I stand ou...
Reboot What’s On Your Resume
 Read the prospective job description and
identify which of your transferable skills apply.
...
Reboot What You Say at
Networking Events
 When people ask, “What do you do?” don’t
say, “I’m unemployed right now.”
 Sug...
 Interviewer: “This is a fast paced culture
where people work independently. What
have you done in your last job that pre...
 Interviewer: “So you I see that you haven’t really
ever held a position in finance. How would you
propose to do this pos...
Reboot Recap
 Define positive energy regarding your job search. Why might
this be an opportunity? Envision the best thing...
Mary Lee Gannon
www.StartingOverNow.com
marylee@StartingOverNow.com
Free Offer!
Get the FREE eBook:
“The Productivity Gaug...
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The Career Changer’s Dilemma: You want to change careers or start a business but you keep telling yourself you are not qualified or that your current career skills do not demonstrate that you are diversified enough to bring value to a new setting.

You already have plenty of skills that you may not realize are very marketable and useful. These are called “transferable skills” or skills that you already have that can be applied in another setting.

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  1. 1. Mary Lee Gannon www.StartingOverNow.com marylee@StartingOverNow.com
  2. 2. Mary Lee Gannon StartingOverNow.com  Mary Lee Gannon’s mission is to transform as many lives as possible with strategies that took her from welfare to CEO of organizations with up to $26 million in assets. She is the president of StartingOverNow.com – a coaching and consulting firm that helps people and businesses reinvent to enjoy freedom and results.  Her personal turnaround came as a stay-at-home mother, with four children under seven-years-old, who endured a divorce that took her and the children from the country club life to public assistance. She is a graduate of the Duquesne University Professional Coaching Program and an alumnus of the Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital Coaching in Medicine & Leadership Conference. She has been a chief executive officer of four separate organizations over the past 16 years.  Author of “Starting Over – 25 Rules When You’ve Bottomed Out.”  www.StartingOverNow.com StartingOverNow.com
  3. 3. Transferable Skills That Rock  The Career Changer’s Dilemma  Reboot What’s In Your Head  Reboot What’s On Your Resume  Reboot Your Skills to Transferable Skills  Reboot What You Say at Networking Events  Reboot What You Say on the Interview StartingOverNow.com
  4. 4. The Career Changer’s Dilemma: You want to change careers but…  You keep telling yourself you are not qualified for another career.  The career skills listed on your resume do not demonstrate that you are qualified for a position you seek. StartingOverNow.com
  5. 5. Reboot What’s In Your Head  Head Trash – I don’t have the skills to do that job!  “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” ~ Henry Ford StartingOverNow.com
  6. 6. You believe that you don’t have the right skills to change careers. What has that cost you?  Confidence to apply for “stretch” jobs.  Empowerment to acquire and hone new skills.  Focus to consider new opportunities for networking and job opportunities. StartingOverNow.com
  7. 7. If you DID have the skills to reboot your career what would you be doing right now?  Applying for jobs outside of your comfort zone.  Working in a field that challenges and fulfills you.  Enjoying purposeful work and better life balance. StartingOverNow.com
  8. 8. What empowering belief are you telling yourself in this fulfilled state?  I can do anything.  Life is good – I am so grateful that I made a change.  I can adjust to new situations and thrive. StartingOverNow.com
  9. 9. So what do you do with the head trash that keeps telling you that you “don’t have the skills to try something new?”  1.) Define your transferable skills that may be applied to another job.  2.) Practice how you describe them in an interview or networking situation.  3.) Assure the voice in your head, which is trying to protect you from failure, that you have the skills defined above to be an asset to any organization! StartingOverNow.com
  10. 10. Reboot What’s on Your Resume Tailor every resume, cover letter and application to the requirements of the job.  Dates of Employment  Responsibilities  Skills  Include dates of promotions and unscheduled raises.  Include key accomplishments that apply to the prospective job.  Include how you used transferable skills to accomplish the company’s mission. = = = StartingOverNow.com
  11. 11. Reboot Your Skills to Transferable Skills  Employability Skills  Skills that you have that can be applied in another setting What are “transferable skills?” StartingOverNow.com
  12. 12. Your resume should feature “transferable skills” and “measurable accomplishments” utilizing those skills.  Example: Built a department of 15 direct reports and within six months was able to increase sales 11%.  If your skills and knowledge are valuable to only one employer, you are in trouble. Sooner or later your employer will no longer be interested in buying those skills or can get someone new to do them for less, and you will have no place else to put them to use. StartingOverNow.com
  13. 13. Transferable Skills Fall into Three Categories:  1) Communication  2) Organization of Information  3) Operation/Fixing of Systems and Equipment StartingOverNow.com
  14. 14. Communication  Speaking effectively  Writing concisely  Selling  Building consensus  Facilitating group discussion  Negotiating  Perceiving nonverbal messages  Reporting information  Interviewing  Editing  Inspiring and motivating people to act  Developing rapport  Listening  Providing support for others  Delegating with respect  Train others  Managing conflict - people  Delegate responsibility  Evaluate Your Own Work and that of others  Handle complaints  Networking StartingOverNow.com
  15. 15. Organization of Information  Forecasting and predicting  Creating ideas  Identifying problems  Creating solutions  Analyzing alternatives  Identifying resources  Creating plans  Defining process  Setting goals  Defining needs  Developing evaluation strategies  Attend to detail  Make sound decisions  Manage a Budget  Coach  Manage change  Attend to written, visual and auditory detail  Delegating with respect  Keep records  Research  Meet deadlines  Crisis management  Time management  Ability to think and act independently  Create and implement strategy  Independent learning StartingOverNow.com
  16. 16. Operation/Fixing of Systems and Equipment  Install software  Engineer systems  Coordinate equipment interfaces  Manage a sound system  Manage a lighting system  Manage facilities operations – HVAC, utilities, etc.  Build things  Install appliances  Interface technology  Engineering  Compare systems  Commercial and residential real estate construction  Repair equipment / machinery / appliances / technology StartingOverNow.com
  17. 17. Mary Lee Gannon www.StartingOverNow.com marylee@StartingOverNow.com Free Offer Get the FREE eBook: “The Productivity Gauge – Time Management Strategies” by sending an email to marylee@startingovernow.com StartingOverNow.com
  18. 18. How to Determine Your Transferable Skills and Key Accomplishments  Start with Your Resume Skills from Last Job or Volunteer Work Transferable Yes? or No? How Can That Be Used in a New Job? Measurable Key Accomplishment Example: Data entry Yes Can enter data for any employer. Created new format. Result – expanded scope of reports Sales Yes Can sell anything Increased sales 8% the first year Managed people Yes Can manage people in any setting Managed 8 direct reports and increased productivity 5% in the first quarter StartingOverNow.com
  19. 19. Age Bias “I am older than most people in the work force and certainly than most people looking for work. How do I stand out?”  In what areas are you an expert?  Are you only considering opportunities that mirror your last job?  What is the demographic of a company that could use your expertise that might not have confidence in someone much younger?  A small privately held company may need the expertise of a seasoned professional. How do you describe why you are the best candidate for that position by using your transferable skills and key accomplishments? StartingOverNow.com
  20. 20. Reboot What’s On Your Resume  Read the prospective job description and identify which of your transferable skills apply.  Tailor your resume and cover letter for each prospective position you seek.  Write a Professional Summary that tells which transferable skills are applicable to the position you are seeking.  On your resume under each position you’ve held list key transferable skills that apply to the new position.  Network with individuals in that line of work or in the prospective company. StartingOverNow.com
  21. 21. Reboot What You Say at Networking Events  When people ask, “What do you do?” don’t say, “I’m unemployed right now.”  Suggestion: “I’m seeking my next opportunity to apply my ________________(transferable skills) to help a company _______________ (key accomplishment) like I did in my last position.”  “I’m looking to apply my sales skills to help a company increase sales 15% or greater as I did in my last position.” StartingOverNow.com
  22. 22.  Interviewer: “This is a fast paced culture where people work independently. What have you done in your last job that prepares you for that?  Interviewee: “At my last job I had six bosses in seven years. I had to organize my time and set priorities to get the job done to everyone’s satisfaction. I was promoted and got two unscheduled raises during my tenure there.” Reboot What You Say on the Interview StartingOverNow.com
  23. 23.  Interviewer: “So you I see that you haven’t really ever held a position in finance. How would you propose to do this position of account clerk?”  Interviewee: “As a head of household I handle all of the family money, including savings and checking, without ever bouncing a check or failing to pay a bill on time and have done so for 20 years. Additionally, I managed a budget of $260,000 in my last job and I understand the issues regarding cost control and productivity metrics.” Reboot What You Say on the Interview StartingOverNow.com
  24. 24. Reboot Recap  Define positive energy regarding your job search. Why might this be an opportunity? Envision the best thing that could happen and expect it.  Redesign your resume highlighting your transferable skills for every position you seek.  Highlight in your resume the measurable key accomplishments you’ve achieved in the areas of each transferable skill.  Practice what you will say at networking events and on interviews out loud ahead of time.  Celebrate your successes! StartingOverNow.com
  25. 25. Mary Lee Gannon www.StartingOverNow.com marylee@StartingOverNow.com Free Offer! Get the FREE eBook: “The Productivity Gauge – Time Management Strategies” by sending an email to marylee@startingovernow.com StartingOverNow.com
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