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How can I better showcase my skills that are highly transferable, but hard to quantify on my resume or elsewhere?


Jeffrey Burrows Murfreesboro, TN

My education still hold value in the ways I approach problem solving in all areas of my life. I feel that I am not getting the opportunities I desire professionally, because my educations or skills are not current or relevant to the companies and rolls I believe I am well suited for.

10 February 2020 4 replies Mentoring



Susana Moraga Hayward, CA


After reviewing the links Caitlin referred you to, do contact people in the community that are either doing what you want to do or working in your field of interest.
Doing informational interviews will assist you in understanding what the industry is seeking and how to better present your skills.
Every application and resume needs to be tailored to the position you are applying for, so translating your work into the employers language will support you in this transition.
Good luck,

12 February 2020 Helpful answer


Caitlin Hearle New York, NY

Hi Jeffrey,

Thanks for writing. That can get really frustrating, since your education and experience definitely have ways of applying to civilian roles. I'd take a look at the below articles for some advice:


I also recommend going to our community page and perhaps searching for advisors based on the industry you are targetting. That way, you can send personalized messages to folks who have the job you want and ask them the best way to present your skills on a résumé.

I hope this helps! Best of luck.

- Caitlin

10 February 2020 Helpful answer


Deanna Corbett Winter Garden, FL

Hi Jeffrey,

Please consider creating different versions of your resume that you can use to apply to jobs in different areas or industries.

With such a broad background, you should be able to include your most relevant sets of qualifications, skills, and work experience to showcase the characteristics a company is looking for - essentially tailoring your resume so it is a better fit for the job at hand.

This means looking at your skills, qualities and work experience through different lenses and using the type of language used in the job description to articulate what you can bring to the table. Of course, any time you can quantify your impact or results - do it!

Finally, be prepared to tell your story through these different lenses - and find someone to practice with - so it will flow naturally during the interview process.

Hope this helps. Best of luck!



Laura Zoerner Littleton, CO


Sometimes, quantifying is possible but, we don’t always think that way. Get someone you know and have them ask you 20 questions about each skill focusing on what the skills meant to the group you served. Surprisingly, you can find a way to put some kind of qualification together. Maybe not for every skill but, at least for some.

Also, remember that holding something at par is a good quantification too. An example: facilitated inventory management for XX and maintain a 98% fulfillment rate.

In this case, you may not show improvement but instead show holding to a high level.

If you’d like a third party to ask questions, reach out and let me know! Happy to explore with you.

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