Career – Activity: Develop Work SkillsTop 10 Skills and Qualities Employers Want
There are many skills that are important for work. A good starting place for developing work skills is the Skills Guide at Illinoisworknet.
- Job skills are specific to an occupation, like special computer software or reading blueprints.
- Transferable skills are general work skills like the ability to use a computer program or writing a report.
- Self management skills are personal qualities like being analytical or reliable.
Work Skills: Customer Service, Meetings, Telephone Tips, Teamwork, and Work Ethic are included at the Work Skills page of the The Daily PlanIt Development Center, as well as lots of links to assess skills.
- Assess your skills. Tools to Explore Skills at List.ly
- Identify skills needed and plan to develop the skill that would provide the most benefit if improved. Learn more about how to Set Work Goals.
- Develop the skill.
- Describe skills. Learn how to describe your accomplishments with specific examples at Marketing U.
This week, I will choose one work skill to improve, and set a goal for developing it.
- Goodwill has free online learning on computers, reading, math and more.
- At MIT there are some helpful resources at Career & Talent Management and Learning Topics.
- Foundation Job Skills from Career Key (pdf)
- Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
- Smart Skills – lots of places for online learning
- Work Skills Board at Pinterest
- Work Skills Toolkit
This is one of the weekly activities for a Year of Personal Development.