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The Job Blog

Knowing Your Skills and Why It's Important
By MacKinley Chipman
Nov 8, 2007 - 12:28:15 AM

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Welcome to the Job Blog.

My hope is that you will find today's article both  interesting and informative but if nothing else, make you stop and think.

Like all articles under the Job Blog heading, they are devoted to those among you who are looking for a job, or are working but underemployed in a job that you hate but have the good sense to stick to it until you have found a better one. First off there are three types of skills used in job searching.

Adaptive Skills-Job Related Skills-Transferable Skills
Let's examine examples of each.

Adaptive Skills are those that we use everyday to adapt to each situation that comes our way throughout the average work day. They would include your ability to be flexible, your trustworthiness, your cheerfulness and your enthusiasm etc. Having good attendance, taking pride in your work, showing up for work on time each day, having a good self image are all examples of adaptive skills and abilities. It's sad but many individuals lack these today.

Job Related Skills are those that would be needed to accomplish certain tasks required of the job. For example, to work in an office setting in today's work environment you would need to be proficient with the computer and familiar with computer programs like Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power Point among others. On the other hand to work in a prison or county jail setting, a corrections officer would need very good people skills in order to keep the prisoners and him self safe and be able to handle stressful situations as they come up. A Receptionist on the other hand needs to have good people skills as well. He or she would need to be capable of answering a multi line phone system, be polite and calm during periods of stress and know how to operate all related office equipment. Be familiar with filing systems both for hard copies and computer based systems. Make coffee?

Transferable Skills would be those skills that you would use in one occupation and you could easily carry them into another occupation or job. Examples of these would be problem solving skills, your ability to follow directions, ability to effectively manage your time on the job, your supervisory skills, your ability to type 60 words per minute etc. Knowing your skills and being able to give good examples to the prospective employer is critical to being successful in your job searching endeavors. An excellent web site where you can go to explore different jobs and occupations and to learn the various skills required of each job classification is:  www.online.onetcenter.org

I hope you enjoyed today's article and trust that you will return another day. One of my favorite quotes is this; What a man can see and believe in his mind he can achieve with a Positive Mental Attitude.

- Mac


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