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Essential career planning -3: What’s the right company & the best boss for you?

Essential career planning -1: What’s most important to you in your work?

12 top tips on planning
your career

How to identify your skills: Knowing what skills you have to offer and being able to back them up with achievements is what you need to write a winning CV, apply for any jobs, or discuss any of your achievements at interview. Read more

Essential career planning - Step 2: How to identify your skills

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How to identify your skills


Knowing what skills you have to offer and being able to back them up with achievements is what you need to write a winning CV, apply for any jobs, or discuss any of your achievements at interview.


Being totally aware of what you have to offer will give you the real edge in an interview against somebody who hasn’t evaluated themselves properly.


Firstly think of an achievement - something that had lots of twists and turns along the way but came out good in the end. This can be anything from school, university or at work.


Now take a look at this list. (Download list)


What skills did you have to use to achieve this, even if you only used them for 5 minutes.  This is not a time for modesty just honesty. Simply studying for a degree develops a range of skills in itself.


I bet if you’re being honest, you are realising you have many more transferable skills than you ever thought, even if the thought of being so talented makes you feel uncomfortable!


Now, make a list of all your other achievements and refer back to the skills list to determine what you used for each one.


These achievements become the bullet points of your cv and knowing your skills is essential when talking about your achievements at interview or answering any other questions you may be asked about your skills.

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