Feel Like You Are Missing the “Right Skills” to Land a Work from Home Job?


by Chris Durst    Oct. 21, 2021

It’s not always easy to identify skills you acquire in one job that will enhance your resume when you’re applying for a completely different kind of job.

If you feel like your on-the-job experience hasn’t given you the “right skills” for the jobs you’d really like, it may be time to dig a little bit deeper to uncover the TRANSFERABLE SKILLS that you’ve acquired in non-obvious ways.

These Transferable Skills are skills you can showcase in your resume and cover letter.

Below, I’ll take a look at skills acquired through:

  • Eldercare or caring for a family member
  • Parenting
  • Homeschooling
  • Retail Work – On-Site, In-Store
  • Cashiering

These are just thought starters so I invite you to dive in on our Facebook page with your additions to the list and to see what other RRRebels are sharing on the topic!

ELDERCARE OR CARING FOR A FAMILY MEMBER

Let’s take a look at the many skills you can acquire while doing “jobs” that aren’t employment. These are skills you can showcase in your resume and cover letter.

I’ll kick things off with a few thoughts and I invite you to dive in and add to the list!!

  • Problem Solving – caring for an older person can be both rewarding and trying. There are problems and challenges to deal with daily. When there are changes to health, appointments, moods, plans, etc., you have to take charge and come up with a solution. You are a problem solver.
  • Time Management – whether it’s managing social engagements, medical appointments, or other obligations, effectively juggling someone elses schedule requires sharp Time Management skills. You’ve got ’em!
  • Communication – Communicating effectively with the person you are caring for, as well as their physician(s), therapists, insurance company, medicare, and others demands keen communication skills. You use them every day.

PARENTING
Let’s analyze and list skills you acquire or enhance when you take a break from the workforce to raise your child(ren).

  • Time Management
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Communication Skills – particularly explaining complex ideas and processes in an easy-to-understand way
  • Adaptability
  • Schedule Management & Coordination
  • Crisis Management
  • Budgeting


HOMESCHOOLING
Let’s analyze and list skills you acquire or enhance when you take a break from the workforce to home school your child(ren).

  • Setting realistic goals
  • Following through with plans
  • Time management
  • Needs assessment
  • Setting priorities
  • Delegation

RETAIL, ON-SITE, IN-STORE
Too many times, people struggle to see how skills learned in one job can be leveraged when applying for a job in a different field. Let’s analyze and list skills you acquire or enhance when you work in on-site retail.

  • Attention to detail
  • Organization
  • Product knowledge
  • Customer relations
  • Listening
  • Problem solving
  • Relationship building
  • Inventory
  • Basic math skills
  • Sales / Upselling


CASHIER

  • Verbal communication
  • Customer relations
  • Time management
  • Product knowledge
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic math
  • Sales / Upselling


Now, pop over to the RRR Facebook page to share your thoughts, add to the list, and see what other RRRebels are saying.

For more work from home ideas, see our Newest Jobs & Gigs page. To be the first to hear about gigs like these, like our Facebook page. Good luck in your next work from home steps!

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