How Any Skill Can Translate into a Career

June 12, 2015

Career Advice

6937414589_d6a84af720_zYou’ve probably felt unqualified more than once during your job search. You see an exciting open position and think, “If only…” But your background may be more applicable than you think. Everyone has a story and unique experiences. Maybe, just maybe, you’re more qualified than you think.

That’s how Olympic skater Emily Hughes eventually landed a job as a business analyst at Google. After the 2006 Olympic games, her resume was devoid of any business experience. She needed a second career. After doing a little research, she realized she had a lot of experiences that were transferrable to the business world. As an Olympic athlete, she had to set goals, take feedback, improve her work, and get along with a team. Pretty relevant to the workplace, right?

You don’t need to be an Olympic-level athlete to make these kind of comparisons. Whether you’re changing careers, re-entering the workforce, or just starting out, look at your past with a business lens. How can you write resume-worthy copy for each of those experiences? Did you achieve goals? Work with a team? Create a strategy? Increase revenue?

It’s true that sometimes you may be flat-out unqualified for some positions. There may be a very specific skill that you just don’t know how to do. But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for you. Sign up for a local class. You may be able to teach yourself via YouTube or with sites like Or take an online course and get certified. Remember the library? There may be a book that will teach you everything you need to know. There’s really nothing stopping you, only yourself. Next time that exciting position rolls around, you’ll be ready.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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