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Career Skills Worksheet

Which skills do you want to use in your next position?

11617.113746Ok, you’re ready to start your skills assessment. Begin by making a list of your skills. Write down everything you are good at. Use this list to decide which skills you’re best at and which you want to use in your next position.

Now, make a top ten list of your abilities. These are the skills you should keep in mind when choosing a career. They are also the ones you should highlight on your resume. Select three to five of these skills to emphasize during any job interviews. Have a concrete example of each prepared.

Use the following Career Skills Worksheet to help generate ideas for your initial list. Add any skills you have, which are not listed here. Here skills are categorized as Innate , Transferable and Job-Specific skills. Many skills fall into more than one category. Organizing, for example, can be considered an Innate and Transferable skill. You decide.

Innate Skills

Accept criticism Adaptable Ambitious
Assertive Competent Confident
Conscientious Creative Dependable
Diplomatic Easy-going Efficient
Energetic Enthusiastic Flexible
Friendly Helpful Honest
Intelligent Loyal Motivated
Open-minded Organized Patient
Persistent Problem-solver Productive
Punctual Quick learner Rarely absent
Reliable Resourceful Responsible
Take direction Tenacious Trustworthy
Understanding Versatile Intuitive

Transferable Skills

Accept responsibility Analyze data Articulate speaker
Assessing others Compile information Counseling others
Creative Customer/client service Delegate duties
Develop goals Develop relationships Edit materials
Evaluate ideas Friendly Get results
Good listener Instruct others Interview/hire people
Logical thinker Manage a budget Manage projects
Mediate Meet deadlines Mentor others
Motivate others Negotiate agreements Organizing data
Plan events Public speaking Research information
Run meetings Sell ideas/products Strong, clear writer

Job Specific Skills

Job-specific skills generally are those considered specific to an occupation. When asked to name their skills, these often are the abilities people think of first. They include things like computer programming, flying a plane, using industry-specific software applications, operating a video camera and typing a certain number of words per minute. Create your list based on your past experience and any skills specific to the job you are seeking. For example, using graphic-design software or operating an X-ray machine.

About Annette Richmond, MA

Annette Richmond, MA, CARW, CCELW, is a Certified Resume Writer, Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer, and former recruiter. Her career advice has been featured by Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Business Insider, Monster, Vault, and WSJ. She helps motivated, senior level professionals tell their unique career story. She also serves as executive editor of career-intelligence.com.


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