Skills Identification

Employer surveys have determined that over 90% of all job applicants interviewed cannot explain their skills. These people may have the necessary skills to be successful in a job but cannot communicate them effectively.The first critical step in the job search process is to determine your skills and qualifications and to become familiar with the best possible method for presenting them to employers.

A skill is something that you have learned or possess. It may have been learned through employment, through education and training or through personal activities.Some skills are simply personality traits that you were born with.

Skills are generally classified into one of three categories - Personal Skills, Transferable Skills or Work Related Skills. Listed below are definitions and examples of the three skill types.

Personal Skills

Personal skills are similar to personality traits. These skills describe what you are like as a person and how you would naturally do things. They manifest themselves while you are carrying out the tasks of your workday. Examples of personal skills include punctuality, honesty, reliability and dependability. An interviewer is likely to place a lot of weight on these skills when deciding to hire and will be looking for such traits to emerge during the interview.

Work Skills

Work skills relate specifically to certain types of jobs or job fields. These skills are easily recognizable, however, because they are so specific they are difficult to transfer from job to job. Examples of work skills include the ability to operate a specific machine, knowledge of specific computer programs, and acquiring an AZ driver's licence. Work skills are particularly important when seeking new work or advancement in the same field. Lack of such skills may disqualify you for an entry level position in your chosen career since without the related work skills, you must prove that you have other skills that you can easily transfer to master the job.

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are those skills which can be easily taken with you (or transferred) from one environment to another. Most people are unaware they have developed useful transferable skills through interests, hobbies and work. Examples of transferable skills include effective communication, problem solving and organizing. They are your greatest asset because employers value their portability.


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