Job Specific Competencies
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Once you have identified your competencies and split them into your knowledge, technical skills, general work skills, experience, values and personal qualities (see last week’s post), you need to think about them in terms of the job you wish to apply for. Some key points are:
• With the exception of your personal qualities, and thinking about the job you are applying for, split your competencies into Specific Competencies and General Competencies.
• Specific Competencies are those required to do the job you are applying for. You can usually identify these from the job advertisement or the position description.
• General Competencies are those general competencies you have but may not have been listed as a Specific Competency. They could include competencies such as communication, time management and IT skills.
• If you are preparing a targeted resume (one you are writing for a specific job application), list your Specific and General Competencies in the resume under a Competency heading. Put your Specific Competencies at the top of the list.
• If you are preparing a general resume, with no specific job in mind, you should expand your competency list to include all your competencies but only those relevant to the area of work that interests you. This is important as if you want to work in say, the travel sector, you don’t want to include all those relevant to your nursing training.
• When listing your competencies, you should add some detail as to how you can use each competency, for example: “Proven business communication skills including the ability to write reports, meeting minutes and briefs”.
• Personal qualities should be listed in a separate area towards the end of your resume.
Next week, I will provide advice on how to describe your competencies.
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