know what skills you have, first of all you should know what a skill is
and how many skills can you have.
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
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.
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
|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,
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.
strongly recommended to visit NOC
web site and search what skills do you need for your
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.