Job Search Tip # 3: Assess your skills
December 27, 2011 Leave a comment
Previously we looked at assessing your work values. Now we’re going to look at identifying your skills.
When asked at the interview about your greatest strength, you’ll most likely respond by talking about one or two of the three skill types: technical, transferable, or adaptive (personality). You might address your expertise in C++, market analysis, team building, or innovation, for example.
Of course the best policy is to talk about skills that relate to the job at hand. In other words, if the company or organization is looking for someone strong in communications, customer service, and management, these are the skills you’ll highlight, providing you’ve demonstrated them with accomplishments.
The same strategy applies to writing your tailored résumés and cover letters, and your LinkedIn profile. Your emphasis will be on the skills required to succeed at the position for which you’re applying.
Assessing your skills. Knowledge of your skills is not only import in succeeding at the interview or when writing an effective résumé; you’ll highlight them when networking and sending follow-up letters, as well as preparing your elevator speech. It’s important that you know the difference between the three skill types and can talk to them with conviction.
Technical skills are absolutely required to do the job. Let’s say you aspire to be a marketing manager. Technical skills for this occupation include, but are not limited to:
retail brand management
Transferable skills are universal: If you think any job can be performed with technical skills alone, you’re sadly mistaken. (You’ll notice that the list above is shorter than the subsequent lists. Here is a list of transferable skills considered important in general, but by no means is it conclusive. Your transferable skills are as necessary, if not more, as your technical skills.
|Knowledge of basic marketing principles||Communications Skills (listening, verbal, written)||Analytical|
|Managing Priorities||Management||Multicultural Sensitivity/Awareness|
|Collaboration||Strategic thinking||Motivating others|
Adaptive skills define you as a person and worker. How would you describe your work habits? What makes you a fit in the company? The answer to these questions has a great deal to do with your adaptive skills. In fact, some employers rate these as some of the most important skills, yet some jobseekers disregard them. You might describe yourself as a team builder who demonstrates consistency, fairness, insightful, and others supporting personality skills. Here are some common adaptive skills:
From this limited list of transferable and adaptive skills chose the ones that best describe you and are most important to what you do, and also what the employer seeks in his/her next employee. Keep in mind that your transferable and adaptive skills play a major role in shaping you as a productive employee.
Job Search tip # 4 will look at revising…or…writing your résumé.