Successful Job Search – The Difference Between Skills And Attributes
How can you effectively sell yourself and put over your skills and knowledge?
Employers will be looking for evidence of this in your application and will always be looking for this at the Interview.
Skills: the technical skills that you have that prove you are competent at the role that the employer is looking to fill. These skills are developed and learned through education and training, they can be technical skills about operating a system or a series of machines as part of the job or a series of qualifications that show you have the knowledge to perform e.g. using Spreadsheets as part of an IT award.
Skills show proficiency at the basic levels and can extend to higher skills where the mastery of technology are very important.
Attributes: these will always be more challenging to show and talk about because your personal qualities are always harder to demonstrate both in an Application Form/CV and at Interview. However, these “soft skills” are often the most critical factor when employers are deciding to employ an applicant. Top of the list here are personal characteristics such as reliability, ability to communicate, analytical skills, flexibility, integrity and honesty are essential in any employee.
Examples of Skills:
Communication, ability to work under pressure, decision making, time management, self-motivation, adaptability, leadership potential, diplomacy, problem solving.
Examples of Positive Attributes:
Achiever, adaptable, ambitious, balanced, cheerful, consistent, devoted, flexible, focused, genuine, helpful, insightful, inventive, modest, organised, outgoing, patient, perceptive, personable, positive, practical, proactive, productive, professional, quality-focused, quick, responsible, sensible, sincere, skilled, thoughtful, trustworthy, understanding and warm.
When you are making your application, and especially when you are at the interview, make sure that you know the difference between the two areas and what you can offer an employer in both!
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