Career – Activity: Develop Work SkillsTop 10 Skills and Qualities Employers Want
There are many skills that are important for work.
- 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. More transferable skills at skillsyouneed.com.
- Self management skills are personal qualities like being analytical or reliable.
- Soft Skills include people skills like Communication, Goal Setting, and Time Management. At the Daily PlanIt Development Center: Communication, Goal Setting, and Time Management.
- Work Skills like 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.
- Computer Skills such as knowledge of the Internet, email, Windows, Microsoft Office, etc. are also important. The Daily PlanIt Development Center includes resources for learning Computer Skills.
- Leadership Skills like Constructive Feedback, Conflict Resolution, Delegation, and Team Building are also included at the Work Skills page of the The Daily PlanIt Development Center.
Four Steps to Explore Skills
- Assess your skills. Tools to Explore Skills at List.ly. Try the skills matcher at careeronestop.org.
- 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 with learning activities. Try the Skills Guide at Illinoisworknet, and Develop Your Work Skills at careerwise.
- 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.
- Organize Your Skills at the Georgia Department of Labor has more information about skills.
- Goodwill has free online learning on computers, reading, math and more.
- At MIT there are some helpful resources at Learning Topics.
- 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.