If you apply for a job that doesn’t fit your skills, there’s a good chance you will never hear back. Your skills are what make employers consider you for the job. The first step toward figuring out your skills is to assess them as honestly as you possibly can. Here’s how to evaluate your skills so that you’ll be more prepared for your next job search.

Conducting a Skills Assessment

If you’ve never done this, start with your current job. Take a look at the job description for the position and those skills the company was looking for when they hired you. Pull out keywords and phrases from the job description and add them to a list. Then look online at job sites for similar jobs to what you’re doing. What qualities do they list in their job descriptions?

Follow this same approach for all of the jobs you’ve had. You can also look back through your evaluations and performance reviews to see what your employer said about you. Your supervisor has insight into your skills. Your work colleagues and even your friends do, as well.

Soft Skills + Hard Skills

Pay equal attention to soft and hard skills. Soft skills are the human characteristics that make you a good employee. For example, are you a good communicator? Are you organized and efficient? How are your problem-solving skills? Any employee with good time-management skills and a strong responsibility to their team becomes more valuable to their employer.

Hard skills are different from soft skills, but employers equally seek after both. Hard skills are your training and the concrete things you learn on the job. For example, driving a forklift or knowing a particular computer software program are both hard skills. Hard skills can be taught, while soft skills are more personal characteristics, such as your work ethic, that you bring to the job.

Make sure you list a mix of both hard and soft skills on your resume.

Begin Looking at Related Jobs

Most search engines will give you job suggestions based on job keyword searches. Take a look at the other jobs that pop up when you search out some of the skills you’ve listed. Start making a list of the types of jobs that seem to be a match for your skills.

Ask for Advice

When mapping out your skillsets on a resume upgrade, it’s good to get advice from friends and colleagues. Getting input from the people that know you is a good way to gain insight into your skills. You can even talk with a recruiter about your current resume.

The team at IES would be happy to evaluate your current resume and talk with you about upgrading your skills. We’re experts in helping you conduct a career search by matching your skills to the best jobs.

Contact us to find out how we can help your next career move.

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