Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and as a climate company, your hiring decisions can make a huge impact. That's why we're excited to launch our new Climate Hiring Playbook! It's packed with everything you need to know about finding, attracting, and hiring top climate talent.
A Comprehensive Examination of Transferrable Skills
In the ever-evolving employment landscape, you've probably stumbled upon the term "transferable skills" more than once. This buzzword has been making rounds in the job search space, especially for those seeking opportunities in climate. The reason behind its popularity is simple: the effective articulation of your transferable skills can be the deciding factor in securing a job.
But first, let's define what a transferable skill is. It is an ability or expertise that can be utilized across a spectrum of roles or occupations. Instead of defining yourself by your job title, focus on your skills. For instance, if you're a marketing associate aiming to transition into a product manager role, your 'transferable skills' could include your marketing abilities that are applicable to product management. These might encompass organization, analytics, technical knowledge, cross-team collaboration, and more. The challenge lies in identifying which skills are relevant and presenting them in a manner that demonstrates you're equipped for the job, even if you haven't held that specific title before.
The concept of transferable skills is not just crucial for role changes within the same industry, but also when you're considering a switch between industries. As you may know, climate isn't a standalone sector. Instead, it signifies a transformative shift in the global economy, there will be climate-related jobs across all sectors and industries.
Synthesizing Transferable Skills
Consider this example: if you have experience in big tech software, moving to a job at an ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) tracking company would involve many transferable elements. Traditional industries seldom require industry-specific experience; rather, they value your ability to learn, adapt, and comprehend new jargon and spaces. The same principle applies to the climate sector! Instead of having direct climate experience, you should identify parallels with your current industry and articulate why they're relevant. Simultaneously, immerse yourself in the climate community and absorb as much knowledge about the space as you can.
To summarize, common transferable skills like adaptability, time management, teamwork, relationship building, etc., hold true in the climate space. But to truly shine, you need to demonstrate how your past experiences align with the new domain.
Real Life Examples of Transferable Skills
Let's delve into a couple of real-world examples to better understand this:
A software engineer from Meta is eyeing a position at a climate weather prediction company. Here are some of their transferable skills:
Extensive software knowledge
Experience in maintaining up-to-date tech stacks, a requirement at both Meta and the climate company
Proven ability to work cross-functionally with other departments
Familiarity with the constantly evolving social media ecosystem, a trait that mirrors the dynamics of a start-up in a burgeoning industry
Demonstrated flexibility in adapting to changing landscapes, a necessity at any start-up
Although lacking direct climate experience, they've joined several climate communities, read books on the subject, and completed a course at Terra.do.
A marketing and analytics manager at a home appliance company is interviewing at a green cement firm:
Proficiency in both B2B and B2C outreach, understanding how to market a product to consumers and companies alike
Experience in a rapidly expanding field
Expertise in growth marketing, taking a product from inception to scale
Active involvement in the green employee resource group at their current company, despite it not being climate-focused.
Both examples highlight individuals without direct climate experience, but they effectively communicate their transferable skills and justify their eligibility for the role, regardless of their lack of industry experience.
Highlighting Your Transferable Skills in Your Resume and Interviews
Once you've identified your transferable skills, it's equally important to know how to highlight them effectively in your resume and during interviews. In your resume, instead of listing your job responsibilities under each role, focus on the skills you utilized and the results you achieved. During interviews, prepare stories that demonstrate how you've used these skills to solve problems or achieve goals.
Climate is a burgeoning industry thirsty for competent talent. Don't disqualify yourself from potential positions due to your job title or lack of industry experience. Instead, reframe your experience and underscore its relevance to the job at hand. With the right approach, your transferable skills can be your ticket to a thriving career in the climate sector.