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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.
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How to Identify Your Accomplishments

What have you done that makes you proud? This exercise will help you identify your own accomplishments. 

Work-related successes can be hard to recognize, especially when they seem like just part of your job.

Sometimes you might not even know when you do something that other people think is important. Ask your family and friends to describe your accomplishments—you might be surprised by some of the things they come up with.

  1. Read through the following questions. They are grouped into:
    • Employment accomplishments
    • Personal accomplishments in the workplace
    • Education and training accomplishments
    • Volunteer or community accomplishments
  2. Think about how a question relates to your own experience. As a starting point, think about your accomplishments during the last 5 or 10 years.
    • If a question reminds you of something you’ve accomplished, write a short note describing the accomplishment.
    • If a question does not relate to your experience, go on to the next one.
    • Note down quantifiable or proven facts to make your accomplishment stronger.
  3. When you’ve finished working through the questions, read over your notes.
    • Do you have several notes that are about the same accomplishment? Combine these notes into 1 accomplishment that paints a detailed picture of what you did.
  4. Put a checkmark on 3 to 10 of your most significant accomplishments. 
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