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Identifying Skills

To highlight yourself as a candidate, you will want to tell the interviewer what skills you have that will benefit their company. Many skills are transferable. That means that you can use them in different jobs and environments.

After identifying these skills, you will be able to write them in your resume and communicate them to your interviewer. Print this page and circle the skills that apply to you. Have you used any of these skills in the following: past jobs, school, volunteer work, internships/externships, extra-curricular activities?

Identifying Skills

Technology

Computer Skills
Microsoft Office Skills
Printer
Fax
Internet
Telephone (Multi-lines)

Communication

Writing
Public Speaking
Translating
Selling
Promotion/Advertising
Advising
Negotiating

Leadership

Supervising
Managing
Planning
Initiating
Team Building
Problem Solving
Flexibility

Organization

Task Management
Multi-Tasking
Time Management
Follow Through
Email Management
Attention to Detail
Record Keeping

People

Working with Others
Customer Service
Coaching
Creativity
Teamwork

Languages

English
Other



After identifying your transferable skills, narrow down the few that correlate to the field that you are applying to.

After you have identified your skills, you will be ready to learn how to communicate them. Use these questions to help you discover how you will articulate them.

Which of these skills did you use at your previous jobs /volunteer work /school?


Which field was your work or experience in?


What similarities do the two fields have?


What compliments have you received from your co-workers or peers?


What can you do very well?


List some specific situations when you used your skills.


Which three skills are most important to the field you are applying to?


Why?



Exercise: When you have answered these questions, practice communicating them verbally. Imagine you are on an interview. Tell the interviewer how you used these skills in your experience.