Analyse your Employability Skills
This section looks in detail at a number of skill areas and breaks these down into their components. For example, verbal communication involves both telephone skills and making presentations to groups. You might be quite good at communicating over the phone but poor at talking to groups. Even the skill of presenting to groups can be broken down into components, e.g. using visual aids such as PowerPoint and building a rapport with an audience.
Many skills will overlap. For example, leadership encompasses a number of other skills including co-operating with others, making decisions, and verbal communication. Similarly, listening skills are really a subset of verbal communication skills, but can also be part of other areas such as negotiating and co-operating, so by improving one skill, you may also improve several others at the same time!
Skills - the key to getting a job
Go through the following list of skills, selecting any that you feel you already have or would like to improve. Ignore those that you feel are not relevant to you. There are 64 statements to work through. You don't need to answer every question. Some skills you may feel are irrelevant to you - miss these out.
Keep a copy of your lists of skills: copy the lists into a wordprocessor using edit|copy or print them out.
For the list of skills you have, write down next to each one, at least one example of where you have demonstrated it. As well as being a confidence booster, this can be vital evidence for application forms and interviews. Many employers now base their interviews very largely around an analysis of your skills in which they will ask for examples of this type. See www.kent.ac.uk/careers/compet/skillquest.htm
For the list of skills you would like to improve, write down next to each at least one way in which you might be able to start improving it. You will find examples of how to improve your skills at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/sk/skillsdevelop.htm