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Shifting Careers from Self-employed: How to Translate Skills for Potential Employers

Moving from one sector to another can evoke trepidation and insecurity. However, career shifts are becoming more and more common. A key skill for doing so successfully is translation. You have developed myriad relevant skills in your current role. Your task is to help the employer connect the dots between your experience and their position. If you are considering shifting from being self-employed to a leadership track with an organization, here are four skills to highlight:

Innovation. When you run a business, you are responsible for charting its course. From casting a vision to capitalizing on new opportunities, you’ve learned to be agile and responsive. The landscape is changing in many sectors. Your responsive experience is an asset as organizations respond to challenges and grow in new areas.

Initiative. Business ownership means the buck stops—and starts—with you. Self-employed individuals are inherently self-starters. Your ability to see what needs to be done and take responsibility are key traits employers are looking for.

Process. Freelancers shape their own workflow. They learn how they work best and craft procedures that work well. Show potential employers your problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to create sustainable practices.

Connection. Self-employed individuals succeed through having a network. Soft skills are highly prized by potential employers. The communication and people skills you’ve honed through your work will translate well to a leadership role—and make any team stronger.