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Recognise your skills and abilities

Identifying your skills and abilities

A high proportion of job applicants find it difficult to explain their skills. These people may have the necessary skills to be successful but cannot communicate them effectively.

Identifying, listing and describing your skills requires time and patience. It is critical to job search success and you should invest the time needed.

Below are some examples which you can use for skills identification. Think about all the skills and abilities that you have acquired through your lifetime. Start with school, college, university and include life skills learnt too.

Example 1

Job title — Mother

 What you did and skills required

Skill type:

Technical Transferable Personal
 Food preparation
  •  
   
 Washing
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 Cleaning
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 Driving a car
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 Child care skills
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 Budgeting  
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 Organising  
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 Planning  
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 Money handling  
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 Meeting deadlines  
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 Coordination/multi-tasking  
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 Prioritise tasks  
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 Reliability    
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 Work unsupervised    
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 Trustworthy    
  •  

Example 2

Job title — Truck driver

What you did and skills required

Skill type:

  Technical  Transferable  Personal 
 Drive cars and trucks C+ HR class licences
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 Word processing: MYOB, Excel, Word, PowerPoint,internet, email
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 Keyboard skills
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 Operate a cash register
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 Excellent verbal communication skills  
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 Good at problem solving  
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 Money handling skills  
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 Good organiser  
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 Work for long hours    
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 Hard working    
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 Reliable and honest    
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 Able to work under pressure    
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 Outgoing and friendly    
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 Able to work autonomously    
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 Other skills:    
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 Play piano and guitar
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 OHS training  
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Now try to do this for yourself. This is your own unique set of skills and they are your greatest assets.

Once you have identified your personal and transferable skills, start using these terms in your written applications, job interviews and anytime you are discussing your skills with a potential employer.

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