Today’s executives are increasingly sought-after based on transferable skills as opposed to industry-specific experience. Executives can easily move from heading the sales department of a major discount retailer to heading the operations of the state lottery. Another executive might move from a prominent position at an employee search firm to one at a manufacturing company. Each time this happens they are proving that transferable skills are more important than industry-specific skills.
A survey taken by ExecuNet of Norwalk, Conn., asked recruiters at search firms to name the top transferable skills they look for when trying to fill an opening. What they reveal are key attributes they seek in a candidate regardless of the specific industry. Someone strong in one or more of these skills will be able to excel in other jobs where direct technical knowledge is not a requirement for the specific position.