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How to List Your Skills and Accomplishments

You have important skills to offer an employer. Even if you’re still in school, you’ve already accomplished things in your career. Learn how to identify your skills and accomplishments to make your work search tools stronger.

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Can you list your skills? Which accomplishments should you include in your resumé?

You can divide your skills into 2 broad categories: work-specific and employability skills. See examples of each kind to help you figure out what you have. Record them in the worksheets.

Even if you’re just starting out in the workforce, you have accomplishments to be proud of. Use them to beef up your resumé, cover letter, and interview. If you’re not sure what you’ve accomplished, answer some questions so you can identify them.

Once you know what your skills and accomplishments are, they can help you get your next job. Add them to your master resumé.

As your experience grows, keep adding to your lists. Be proud of what you’ve done!

How to List Your Skills and Accomplishments
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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.
Use this form to write down as many of your own employability 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 and 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!
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.
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