Identifying your competencies

By: Job Seeker Coach  20-Oct-2014
Keywords: Job Search, Resume, Resume Writing

A competency is knowledge or a skill that you have and can bring to a new position. The ability to describe your competencies in your resume, and also in your cover letter and any response to selection criteria, is vital for a successful job application. First, however, you need to identify your competencies. When doing so, you may find it useful to think about them under the following headings: • Knowledge – may have been gained from formal education or as an intern, trainee or apprentice. It may also have been gained from the workplace, for example, knowledge of health and safety practices, legislation, standards and rules. • Technical skills – are things like driving a car, using a computer, using software, operating specific equipment or machinery. • General work skills – may have been learned in the workplace and include communication skills, leadership and management skills, report writing, project management and customer service. • Experience – is having done something such as working in a specific industry or in a certain type of organisation or with a specific demographic group. • Values – are your beliefs and can be worded in terms of your commitment to something like safety, the environment or customer service. • Personal qualities – are the attributes you have that make you an asset to any organisation you work for such as ability to work as member of a team, work independently, work under pressure and meet deadlines. Once you have identified your competencies, you need to think about them in terms of the job you wish to apply for and I will cover that next week.

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

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