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Every job requires certain work-specific skills. The better you know and can describe your skills, the better your chances of landing the job you want.
Employers look for a wide range of skills. Some skills relate to specific types of work. Others are core skills that you need for every job. If you know your core skills, you can use them to impress potential employers. This will help you land the job you want.
Use this form to write down as many of your own core skills as you can. List any skill that you are able to perform as well as most people. You don’t have to be an expert at something to add it to the list.
Your skills are the things you've learned to do well arising from talent, training, or practice. They are an important part of who you are. According to the experts, the average person has up to 700 skills ready to be used at any time!
What are you good at? See how many skills and talents you have by rating these activities. Then discover the careers that best suit what you can do.
Learn how the 9 types of abilities are defined, where they come from, and how you can use them to spot occupations that might be a good fit for you.
Choose experiences where you did something and were proud of the result. It doesn't matter what anyone else thought about the experience or even if anyone else knew about it. The important thing is that you did it and it made you feel proud.
Your accomplishments are what you achieve when you use your skills. Employers will be even more impressed by your skills if you describe the positive results you have achieved.
What have you done that makes you proud? This exercise will help you identify your own accomplishments.
A master resumé is a document that gathers all your skills, accomplishments, experience and training in one place making your future work search activities faster and easier.
Build your master resumé with this online template that guides you through everything you need to capture your work history.

Identify Your Experiences
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This activity will take you approximately 10 minutes.

Take a moment to think about things you've done that make you feel proud.

These experiences could have taken place recently or some time ago. They could be drawn from any area of your life:

  • Work
  • Home
  • Learning
  • Volunteering
  • Leisure activities

Choose experiences where you did something and were proud of the result. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thought about the experience or even if anyone else knew about it. The important thing is that you did it, and it made you feel proud.

It isn’t always easy to think of experiences that are significant to you. Take as much time as you need to complete this exercise. You can always enter some information now, save it, and return later to add more details. Include as many details as you can about what you did, why you did it, and why it made you feel good.

In each of your stories:

  • Look for clues about your personal characteristics. For example, were you… a positive thinker, co-operative, courteous, dependable/reliable, persistent...
  • Identify any knowledge, skills and abilities you had to use. 
  • Identify any interests, values, or beliefs your stories may indicate.

If you would like information and referrals about career options, contact Alberta Supports.


Write About Your Significant Experiences

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This personal information is being collected and used pursuant to section 33(c) and section 39(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is being collected and retained on the system to facilitate your personal career planning process and to make it available for your ongoing use. You may choose to share this information with a Career Advisor to support the provision of career planning services. Please contact alis at alis.info@gov.ab.ca or 780-422-1794 if you have any questions regarding the collection or use of the information you submit.

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