Know Your Skills
Whether you recognize them or not, you’ve probably gained a lot of skills during your life that are useful in the workplace. These skills may come from past work experience, education or other life events, and many of them can be useful in different roles. These skills are called transferable skills, essentially, skills that are useful across a variety of occupations and industries. For example, the intricate skills and dexterity needed as a nail technician can also be helpful in manufacturing when making precision components that need a steady hand and good eye for detail.
Getting Help from a Career Coach
A career coach, or career counsellor, is someone who can help you to find work, identify training opportunities and overcome other obstacles related to getting a job and building a career. You may be able to access a career coach through your local American Job Center (also called workforce center, WorkOne, CareerOneStops, etc) or through a local non-profit organization that helps people to get back to work, as well as local job training programs, community colleges, schools (K-12) and some public libraries. Coaches that work with these organizations are typically available free of charge for those who qualify.
After 15 years as a facilities manager, Bylo restarted her career as a machinist.
Online Resources to Help You Identify Your Skills
These tools can help you to identify your skills, build a resume or improve an existing resume.