Skills Analysis Workshop


NOTE: This is the third in a series of on-line workshops that are intended to assist you in your efforts to find a job. If you follow the procedures and guidelines in these workshops, it will help you find employment. And that's really the Bottom Line, TO GET A SUITABLE JOB!

I. Introduction: This is your workshop. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. There are no right or wrong answers. Use what you need from these pages and leave the rest.

You need to understand that the skills you identify, will be used not only in the 30/60 second me (which is your personal commercial), but in your resume as well, it will help you as you go through the workshops. This section will help you identify the skills that you have. Once these things are done, the other workshops will help you utilize the skills and tools that you have identified in order to obtain employment.

II. Skills Analysis

A. Objectives of Skills Analysis

1. This is the foundation/building block for the balance of the Workshops. The process continues and skills should be updated continuously. For this reason, it is important to emphasize the exercises you are encouraged to do.

2. Looking at yourself in terms of your skills and abilities gives you the ability to look at yourself outside of your job identity. You can use skills/talents that are used in hobbies or volunteer work.

3. Don't look at yourself as a scientist, look at yourself as someone who can analyze and interpret data in order to come to reasonable conclusions that will save time and money for your employer. Instead of seeing yourself as a teacher, see yourself as someone who can manage large groups of people. Someone who can give presentations and motivate or persuade people. The main objective is to Open up your Options. There is much more to you than you suspect.

III. Looking at Yourself in a New Way

A. Did you look at your job as a lifetime commitment? Years ago, this was how employment was viewed, You get a job, you stay there for 20 years, you retire. This view of employment has changed. Now it is more common to stay at a job for 3-5 years, develop certain skills and move on. You take your skills with you to the next job and as a result, you develop a kind of portfolio of skills.

B. We identify closely with our particular jobs, and for many of us, this way of looking at ourselves is no longer useful. By thinking of yourself as a person with skills rather than just a person with a particular job title, you can break out of the little box that people tend to put you in, or that you tend to put yourself in.

C. Steps to Take in Changing Your View of Yourself.

1. Use visualization techniques. Close your eyes and imagine yourself. Don't see yourself the way you normally do. See yourself, as you want to be. When you visualize, be as detailed as possible. The more detailed you are, the more your subconscious believes what you are seeing.

2. Focus on your skills not on what you were or what you did.

3. Pay attention to the attributes and values that you have. They are an important part of you.

4. Ask others how they see you. Often our friends view us much differently than we do ourselves. Why would it be worth your while to be sure that your friends and family know what your skills are? Because they are part of your network and they may be able to help sell you to someone they know, thus acquiring a job contact for you.

5. Don't be hard on yourself. Give yourself a break and accept you for the person you are.

D. You can find out more about who you are in the 'Personality Profiles' workshop.

1. When doing a skills analysis, use everything. even a hobby or personal interest. You can use the skills used in that hobby (i.e., gardening) and possibly apply them to a future job.

2. Remember to evaluate all aspects of your life in order to determine skills that could be marketable to a future employer.

E. Working conditions are both physical and psychological.

1. (Factors in a Career Decision)

a. What is the importance of deciding these factors in advance of actual job-hunting?

Simple, if you know yourself and what you want from your employment, it will be easier for you to decide if a particular position is right for you. Just getting a job doesn't really work because six months down the road you are miserable and wanting to quit. If you hold out for a job that matches your needs, you will be happier. There is an excellent book on this subject that can be found at your local library called "Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow".

IV. Doing Skills Analysis

A. Employers are concerned that the people they hire should get the job done, and employers are willing to pay for the skills to accomplish this. Most people cannot describe their skills off the top of their heads, and that is why we need to do careful skills analysis.

B. What is a skill?

1. When employers talk about skills, they are concerned about two key things.

a. Things you can do

b. Things you know.

C. Different jobs require different groups of skills. Remember that the purpose of grouping your skills is to highlight where your emphasis is, what kind of skills are your strongest.

D. Working Roles

1. Use "power words" to describe skills.

2. Emphasize what you have done with things, information and people.

3. Use "power words" to aid your self-promotion with potential employer(s).

4. Stress achievements such as timeliness, under budget or quality.

5. Practice by choosing a question to which you can respond--then think of an effective way to promote yourself in answering the question.

7. Use "power words", numbers and percentages.

E. Skills Checklist/Power Words

1. Check off any words or skills that apply to anything that you have done.

a. Are there a lot more words checked than you thought would be checked?

V. Where Am I Going?

A. Review the following items.

1. Remember that the bottom line is GETTING A JOB.

2. Remember that you should be results-oriented, not process-oriented.

3. You should feel that you have taken responsibility for your job search?

4. You should feel that you are doing something.... you are here at this website learning and gaining tools that will help you grow and acquire the position you seek.

5. A lot has been learned in this workshop, and you will be learning even more from the rest of the workshops.

B. The Skills Analysis WorkSheet is critical for you to complete. Be sure to list the skills that you used in those past jobs.

Skills Worksheet

Bullet Worksheet

Resume Template