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What Skills Do You Have?




YOUR SKILLS  - Page 5/7

To know what skills you have, first of all you should know what a skill is and how many skills can you have.

bulletDEFINITION: A skill is defined as: "A learnt ability to do something well".

How many skills do you think an average person has? 10, 20, 100, 500, 1000 or more?

Statistics show that an average person has more than 700 skills. This include all those things which he or she starts learning from his childhood, like talking, walking, changing clothes, using washroom, cleaning, cooking, dealing with people etc. Skills are learnt from experiences in family life, school life, spiritual life, work life and social life (including volunteering).

Skills are divided into three general categories:

Self Management Skills (Soft Skills): These are skills that many people take for granted because they have become a part of their personality, but they are very important to employers. For example, employers look for characteristics like: dependable, honesty, responsibility, positive attitude and flexible in potential new employees.
Transferable Skills: These are essential skills that are required in a variety of jobs and therefore can be transferred from one job to another. For example good communication skills are beneficial in essentially all jobs, although it may be less important in some jobs and more important in others. Some transferable skills are: organizational skills, problem solving skills and communications skills (verbal and written).
Technical or Job related Skills: These are skills directly related to a job and are gained through technical training, observation practice and education. These skills are required to perform the duties of a particular job. For example, surgeons require specific surgical skills to perform laser surgery; painters require a variety of artistic skills to use paint and brushes; mechanics require specific skills to repair vehicles; programmers require programming skills to program in specific languages, e.g. C++

Your next step is to make a list of the skills which you have.

Technical skills are different for every person according to nature of their job. You'll have to identify them for yourself. You can get an idea for those skills from sample resumes provided with this guide.

It is strongly recommended to visit NOC web site and search what skills do you need for your profession. 

Following is a list of Self Management and Transferable skills. Print this page. From these skills pick up those skills which you think you have in you and write them down on a separate sheet of paper for your future use. You should also write those skills which you think you have in you but which are not mentioned here. Later you'll use these skills in your résumé, calling cards and cover letters.

Self Management Skills


Ability related to Others



Sociable Open-Minded Ambitious
Friendly Business-Like Assertive
Competent (capable) Calm Competitive
Cooperative Cheerful Eager
Courteous (polite, respectful) Common Sense Energetic
Customer friendly Confident Goal-Orientated
Diplomatic (easy to get along with) Conscientious (careful) Leader
Enjoy People Considerate Meet Deadlines
Helpful Consistent Motivated
Likeable Dependable  
Confidentiality (keep information private) Fair  
Pleasant Reliable  
Put others at ease Positive  
Respectful Professional  
Supportive Sense of Humour  
Team Player Sincere (honest)  


Communication/Problem Solving

Work Habits

Adaptable Analytical Able to Prioritize
Creative Articulate Accurate
Current Clear Thinker Dedicated
Flexible Good Listener Focused
Resourceful Problem Solver Hard Working
Self-Reliant Understanding Punctual
Self-Starter Quick Learner Reliable
Takes Initiative Trouble Shooter Well Organized

Transferable Skills

Analyzing Assembling Advise Audit
Budget Bargain Balance Assess
Calculating Coach Classify Clean
Coordinating Compiling Facts Check Cook
Constructing Corresponding Collect Collate
Create Compare Consult Chart
Confront Counsel Correct Count
Critique Deal with People Deal with Pressure  
Deal with Unknown Debate Decorate Deliver
Deciding Delegating Demonstrate Direct
Diagnose Discipline Detect Draft
Designing Displaying Draw Drive
Examine Empathize Encourage Edit
Evaluate Estimate Explain  
Express Facilitate Fill Orders Find
Fix Follow Directions Formulate File
Handle Multiple Tasks, Emergencies, Equipment Help Others
Illustrate Inspect Improve Inform
Instruct Inspire Interpret Inquire
Investigate Invent Interview  
Locate Lend Others  Make Contacts Model
Manipulate Map Out Manual Dexterity  
Measure Manage Monitor Meet
Memorize Mediate Modify  
Negotiate Making Layouts Motivating People  
Navigate Nurture Observe Obtain
Operate Organize Originate New Ideas  
Paint Persuade Prepare Plan
Promote Program Produce Protect
Purchase Reconcile Make Recommendations
Record Recruit Repair Report
Research Reduce Regulate  
Remember Restore Review Select
Schedule Serve Simply Sell
Speaking Shape Sing Sew
Sketch Solve Problems Stimulate Sort
Strengthen Strategize Summarize Study
Supervise Survey Synthesize Swim
Tabulate Troubleshoot Tactful Teach
Time Management Task Oriented Tend To Train
Track information Transcribe Translate  
Understand Update Validate Write

Now you will see what you can offer any employer