Please check out this fantastic article by Auburn University with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – What Are Job Skills? Definition and Examples
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What job skills do you need to do a role well? It depends on what career path you choose. Maybe you’ll need coding skills to be a software engineer or attention to detail to be an editor. Every career path requires skills you need to succeed on the job — those skills are known as job skills.
So, what job skills are there, and which skills are employers looking for? This guide will cover:
- Job Skills: Definition and Types
- What Job Skills Are Employers Looking For?
- How to Include Job Skills in a Job Application
Transferable skills follow their namesake in that they can be “transferred” from one job to another. Also known as portable skills, these are skills that you’ve learned or applied in one experience that you can later use in another role. Transferable skills may be hard or soft skills.
Examples of transferable skills include:
- Collaboration skills: These are skills you learned when working with one team that you then apply to work with other clients, customers, or new colleagues.
- Time management: Once you’ve learned how to manage your priorities and become an efficient team member in one role, you can apply this skill to other career opportunities.
- Microsoft Office Suite: Matthew Warzel, certified professional resume writer and former Fortune 500 recruiter, calls this skill “the most fundamental software that can be weaved into your resume.” Even if you’re using PowerPoint presentations or Word documents for entirely different topics, knowing how to use the program can help you in numerous jobs.
- Quality assurance: You use this skill “each day you monitor your task and project fulfillment quality to make sure you’re doing it accurately,” Warzel says. Being an efficient, precise, and accurate worker is highly important, no matter where you work.
- Adaptability: It’s no secret that the workforce has changed so much since the start of the pandemic. Employers across industries, teams, and functions are looking for resilient people who can keep up with the company and macro workplace changes.
What Job Skills Are Employers Looking For?
Outside of the company’s information, Warzel also recommends getting familiar with skills professionals in the career path might have.
“Look at LinkedIn endorsements on profiles of people in the industry in roles that relate to what you want to do,” he says.
This way, you’ll have a well-rounded view of what the company is looking for in the specific role and what’s expected or standard in the industry.
How to Include Job Skills in a Job Application
- Transferable skills: In addition to the guidelines above, discuss how you’ll “transfer” the skills you used in one role to the role you’re applying for. “Know how those skills reasonably transfer, and what sort of value they bring to the prospective employer,” Warzel says. “It’s best to use actual methodologies, processes, skills, or technologies relating directly to the open job description and your experience.”
Read the article here: https://opcd.harbert.auburn.edu/blog/2023/01/13/what-are-job-skills-definition-and-examples/
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