What Is the Difference Between Job-Specific Skills & Transferable Skills?

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Job specific skills and transferable skills are two distinctly different concepts that should always be treated as such. Learn about the difference between job specific skills and transferable skills with help from an innovative empowerment speaker and human resources professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Charles Galbreath. I'm a Workforce Empowerment Speaker and Human Resource Professional. Today, I want to talk to you about job specific skills and transferable skills. Now, skills are very important. For many people skills are what they bring to the table. But, skills can also be the parting gift of your workforce in, experience. So, something that I want to share with you about transferable skills. Transferable skills are those skills that you can take with you wherever you go. What are transferable skill is a skill that applies no matter your job, no matter your title. So, some examples of transferable skills would be communication skills, whether that be your written skills or your verbal communication skills. Other transferable skills would be teamwork, the way that you would interact with your team, your interpersonal skills; how well do you get along with people. Customer service, how well do you serve the people that you are, are providing a service towards. As far as job specific skills are job specific skills are more pertinent to our job that we have. So, that means that our job specific skills go along with our job duties, they go along with our position and title. Many times there are link to the mission or the purpose of the organization and many times they can be judge or they can be monitored through what is called the department's policy or your organization's policy or procedure. So, it's very important to have both transferable skills, but it's very important to also be in touched with those job specific skills. So, again, skills are what we bring to the table, but they're also what we take away from our workforce experience. Thank you and have an incredible day.

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