This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Whether you’ve stayed in the same career field for decades or hopped around, you’ve likely developed and added to your professional skill set.
Some of these skills are job-specific, such as understanding how to use certain platforms or tools, but others are transferable, such as strong leadership or critical thinking skills.
Some transferable skills are “hard,” like coding or data analysis, and some are “soft” skills, like communication and relationship building.
Think of transferable skills as part of your career tool belt. No matter what you learned in school or at a previous job, transferable skills are what every worker gains from each career experience, including volunteering, internships, freelance jobs and more. They are the skills that you can use in any professional setting.
Doug Ebertowski, a career coach at FlexJobs, offers this example: “Assume you have a background in business development and you find a project manager position you want to pursue. Even though your previous job title sounds different, you likely spent time planning, developing processes and timelines, and organizing a team to reach your goals. Those are the transferable skills that can help you land the new job.”
All transferable skills are important. However, employers seek out some transferable skills over others. These are the skills that you’ll use in any job and can turn you from a good employee into an invaluable employee.
These transferable skills are desirable because if you already have them, your employer doesn’t have to worry about training you on them. You can hit the ground running in any career field and start making positive contributions right away.