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Set your job search up for success by following these tips for staying organized and in control throughout the process.
It’s a good idea to set up an email account specifically for work search.
Wherever you go online—using email, instant messaging, your website, your blog or your social networking website—you leave a footprint. When using the Internet for your work search, take precautions against potential risks.
The better you can describe your skills and accomplishments, the stronger the impression you’ll make on potential employers.
Knowing how to identify and market your employability skills will help you impress potential employers and improve your chances of landing the job you want.
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.
Volunteering can give you a chance to build your experience and skills and demonstrate your employability.
To find work that’s the best fit for you, you’ll need to understand your work preferences. These preferences will reflect your most important skills, interests, and values.
If you’re not sure what jobs you want to do or which occupations are a good fit for you, a little research can uncover new or promising prospects. This way you can focus your work search on what really interests you.
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Identify Your Work-Specific Skills

Employers need people with 2 kinds of skills: employability skills and work–specific technical skills.

Employability skills

Employability skills are the basic skills you need to succeed in the workplace. They are also known as transferable or soft skills. 

Learn how to identify your employability skills and market them to an employer.

Work-specific skills

Work-specific skills are technical skills you need to do a specific job.

Some examples of work-specific skills are:

  • Using a specific software program
  • Driving a forklift
  • Operating a cash register
  • Arranging flowers

Do you lack work experience? Consider doing volunteer work.

It’s a good idea to take stock of your technical skills. Think about the work you have done before, whether paid or unpaid, and the tasks involved in that work. In the form below, record the tasks you have done in your work and the skills you needed to complete each task.

For each skill, ask yourself the questions journalists ask when investigating a story: who, what, when, where, why and how. Use the answers to these questions to describe each of your skills as accurately as possible.

If you’re not sure which skills to list, here are some places to look for ideas:

Examples of work-specific tasks and skills

Repair auto bodies

Work-specific skill(s) involved

  • Use frame machines to straighten bent frames
  • Remove badly damaged sections of vehicles
  • Weld torn metal
  • Work out minor damage in panels, fenders, and trim

Yard maintenance

Work-specific skill(s) involved

  • Use lawn mower
  • Use weed whacker
  • Identify and dig weeds
  • Water and fertilize plants
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