IDENTIFYING YOUR SKILLS

 

Now that we have a good understanding of what skills are, the classes and families of skills. The next thing is identifying our skills of which there are three main ways:

  • From your traits
  • From your life experience
  • From previous work experience.

The best way to identify your skills from your traits involve asking two questions

  • What are my traits?
  • Why are these traits mine?

For example if I say I am reliable as the answer to the first question, the answer to the next question will be because I am a good time manager, goal getter, hard working and a dependable in a group. Hence my skills will be time management, team work and goal oriented

Detecting your traits from your life story involve asking four questions.

  • What objective did I have at a point in my life?
  • What hurdles stood in my way?
  • What did you do?
  • What did you accomplish?

An example is:

What objective did I have at a point in my life?

  • To have an extra source of income

What hurdles stood in my way?

  • There was a number of start up businesses in the hostel
  • Lack of space
  • Lack of capital

What did you do?

  • I researched about popcorn making
  • I talked to interested investors in the business

What did you accomplish?

  • I established a popcorn business

Skills employed communication, research and advocacy.

You must also learn to rank your skills since it is not expected of you to list all 20 skills. Think about it in this way. You are not ranking from your strongest to your weakest rather you are ranking it from most strong to least strong. In addition ranking your skills helps you to find a potential job or assist you in choosing the best person for a profession. For example a production manager is expected to have the following skills.

  • Critical thinking
  • Goal setting
  • Management skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Advocacy

If you have 60 percent of any required skill set, you are a fit for the job

 

However before you rank your skills, you must pass it through the 4 skill filters so it will be well refined.

SKILL NAME Researching topics
THE OBJECT ( THE SKILL IS DIRECTED TOWARDS) Education Topics
TRAIT Thoroughly
LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE AND DURATION Information Analyst for 5 years
MARKETABILITY (THE  LEAD MODEL)

L LEADER

E EXCELLENT

A AVERAGE

D DESERVES FURTHER TRAINING

Excellent