Describing Competencies

By: Job Seeker Coach  03-Nov-2014
Keywords: Job Search, Resume Writing, Interview Coaching

Once you have considered your competencies in terms of the job you wish to apply for (see last week’s post), you need to describe them. Some key points are to be specific about what you can do and use action words/phrases such as: • Able to ... • Expert knowledge of ... • Comprehensive understanding/knowledge of ... • A proven history of ... • Expertise in ... • Highly developed ... • Accomplished ... Describe each competency using one short, sharp, action sentence, for example: • Demonstrated ability to plan projects and manage them to ensure they are completed on time and within budget. • Extensive knowledge of customer service policies and practices. If you include your personal qualities in your resume, some examples of useful words/phrases are: • Self-motivated ... • Positive attitude towards ... • Committed to ... • Enthusiastic about ... • Can be relied on to ... • Energetic and hardworking ... The important thing to remember is that the competencies and personal qualifications you include in your job application must be true statements that you can reinforce at interview and that your referees can confirm.

Keywords: Application Letters, Cover Letters, Curriculum Vitae, Interview Coaching, Job Search, Professional Resume Writers, Professional Resume Writing, Professional Resumes, Resume Preparation, Resume Service, Resume Writers, Resume Writing, Selection Criteria

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