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What are the 3 types of skills are important for Job Search?

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on July 25, 2010

Employers are looking for potential employees that have skills, that will make them a valuable contributor.   Being able to identify your abilities and share them is crucial  for the employment seekers. First you have to be able to determine what skills the employer is looking. Then you need to effectively communicate your skills to the employer in written form using your resume and verbally share your skills at  the interview.

There are three types of skill sets that are presented during job search: adaptive , work specific, and transferable skills.  Adaptive skills are important for every job regardless of industry. These skills deal with, how we work or approach life.   Adaptive skills deal with our attitude.  They show how we react to situations  and how we approach problems. How we get along with others is just as important for a person who works as a front end cashier as  the person who is president of the company.

Work specific skills or technical skills are significant to a specific industry. These are the skills we have learned that allow us to complete industry related duties for our job.

Transferable skills are essential because  you continue to use these skills throughout your career. This knowledge allows us to move easily  between various jobs and industries.  Transferable knowledge is  a combination of adaptive  and technical skills. Transferable skills are universal since they are the skills you have acquired that  you can use at each  job.

Once you have determined your adaptive, technical, and transferable skills, develop them into statements that can used as your answer to questions in phone or in person interview. Your skills are what tell the employer why you are the best person for the job.

Article based on Career Success Strategies from SLATE Missouri Career Center

Reprinted from The People’s Employment Journal Site

Ly Syin Lobster , is a member of  Midwest professional Women’s Group. She has been elected to lead  the group’s  2011 Community Action Project.  Lobster is administrator and author of The People’s Employment Journal Blog.


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