Interview preparation: How to describe your skills in 5 easy steps.

Jul 17, 2022
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Importance of Listing All the Skills

People don't have a strong insight into how much information and expertise they have. Knowing your talents is vital in your job search and enables you to access the job market confidently.

Create a comprehensive CV that includes every job you've ever held (including part-time jobs) and all your acquired abilities to get an overview. As a result, you'll feel more competent and improve as a candidate.

If you wish to change the course of your career or need to start your career, this undertaking will help you gain a general understanding. It could seem laborious to list everything. But when it's finished, you'll be glad you took the time.

Benefits of All-Encompassing CV

  • You'll become aware of all the knowledge and abilities you have, as well as your level of experience. In addition, your self-confidence will often significantly increase when you realize how much you know.
  • You'll be able to express and support your qualifications, strengthen your case for advancement, and get the confidence to switch fields.
  • You'll be more equipped to network successfully, position yourself, create applications, and succeed in interviews.
  • You'll become more successful in your job hunt. Any resume or application will use a comprehensive CV as a model. Getting rid of something is much simpler than thinking about all the necessary activities at once.

1. Making an All-Encompassing CV

This approach begins with the creation of a standard CV. The framework is already there if you have one lying around. Make careful to complete everything entirely:

  • Experience - List all of your employment histories, including all of your responsibilities, duties, and accomplishments. Anyone managing a project of any scale can use vague terms like "project management" without stating anything. Instead, consider including specifics: Project manager for acquiring and deploying new CRM software.
  • Education - Include your degrees and academic background. Ensure to provide the right and most recent title and explain all of your degrees. If you haven't attended many schools, don't worry. Just concentrate on the other tasks to demonstrate your skill set.
  • Courses: What internal and external courses have you taken? Don't forget to include the dates and the instructor.
  • Memberships and board experience: What have you done in addition to or in place of your regular employment?
  • Volunteer experience—Employers adore applicants who give part of their free time to deserving causes. Make sure only to put "deserving causes" on your resume.
  • Recognition and prizes, such as employee of the month or sales competitions, may point to above-average performance.
  • Personal interests and hobbies may not always be relevant. However,  you could have acquired specific abilities outside your line of employment. However, there may be circumstances in which hobbies are relevant to the opening. For example, you may have developed particular abilities that will aid your job search.

2. Defining Your Skillset

Make a list of all your skills, competensies, networks, resources, and personal strengths after your CV is finished.

Competencies are your knowledge of how to carry out activities or procedures. You may demonstrate your talents and get ready for any behavioral interview questions with the aid of this activity. In addition, many of your abilities can be highly marketable and transferable to new employment. Therefore, skills that can be applied across jobs are essential.

Review every section of your whole CV and think about the accomplishments you made in each position:

Hard Skills You Acquired in Each Position

Specific knowledge or work-related abilities are called technical, process, or hard skills necessary for various tasks. For example, hard-skill knowledge includes but is not limited to accounting, tax planning, project management, programming languages, technical writing, digital marketing, procedures within customer service, recruiting, procurement, innovation, strategy creation, product development, and solution selling.

Soft Skills You Possess

Soft skills, also known as general work skills, can be formed from innate abilities or learned throughout a lifetime. These include, among others, effective communication, time management, decision-making, problem-solving, and conflict resolution. What non-cognitive skills have you gained from each experience?

3. Prove your skills

Use DEFEATS to demonstrate that you are qualified for the possibilities you seek. Many examples show that doing something for an extended period does not automatically result in mastery. Demonstrate, Exhibit, Facts, Examples, Analogies, Testimonials, and Statistics are called DEFEATS.

Demonstrate: Show off your prowess on social media. Showing off your skills is simpler than ever in the video age. You may dance, bake, perform, code, present, work out, sing, practice yoga, or create a training video to show your unique abilities.

Exhibit: Post images of your creations on Instagram, including paintings, photographs, home designs, and anything else you want to style. In vlogs, blogs, or other appropriate samples for the professions you seek, demonstrate your communication abilities.

Facts: Information should be accurate and beyond question. Admission to Ivy League universities is a sign of high intelligence. Over average, It signifies that you have the discipline to be a navy SEAL. The fact that you've held a particular type of work implies that you have some knowledge of that field or profession. You will gain credibility for your talents and expertise by citing facts like promotions, licenses, pricing, and awards.

b: Consider some instances or circumstances where you use or have used your talents, and then write up your responses. Use the S.T.A.R. approach to organize your answers and make them seem well-spoken:

Situation: What happened? Was there a mishap?

Task: What was the assignment you had to finish?

Action: Which course of action did you take?

Result: What happened as a result? (s)

Analogies: By drawing comparisons between your experience and your new possible position, you may increase the relevance of your competence:

You may deal with similar suppliers or target customers even if you are unfamiliar with the items in job opening advertisements.

  • Although you may not have previously worked in procurement, you have experience in negotiation from your time as a sales representative (or vice versa)
  • Although you may not have spent much time on an oil platform, you have spent weeks on boats. As a result, you are familiar with cooperation and crew member behavior.
  • Even though you haven't previously worked in a kindergarten, you've homeschooled your five kids.
  • You might lack a bachelor's degree in fashion design. However, you acquired the necessary style abilities while working as a fashion model for eight years.
  • You might not have worked in that particular sector. Nevertheless, you are a product of production and are familiar with its problems.
  • You might not be familiar with their specific project management procedure. However, you have project management expertise in a related area, and the structure and difficulties are the same.
  • Despite not having prior leadership experience, you have managed critical account teams to close agreements. This might involve directing the process overall, developing account strategies, teaching your co-workers what to say, and initiating initiatives. 

Testimonials: People tend to value likeability above technical proficiency. It helps to get endorsements from reliable sources that attest to your assertions. Do you have references from clients, business partners, vendors, direct employees, co-workers, or managers?

Statistics: Understandable, reliable, and valid trends and data may help you prove your points. They must be true, just like facts. Your ability may be confirmed by your sales figures, client satisfaction surveys, growth, and progress in any field.

4. Define Your Knowledge and resources

Your skills, knowledge, connections, accomplishments, absence from sick leave record, and personality might be assets for new employment. What information and concepts have you picked up during your career?

  • Do you follow specific industries or technologies? Learning about particular industries, laws, technology, legislation, or value chains might take years. However, knowing the industry will help you get started quickly.
  • Do you have any particular cultural or subcultural knowledge? Then, you could connect better and more quickly.
  • Do you have a network of clients, partners, or professionals? Then, you could be able to solve issues or make money more quickly.
  • Do you often take few or no sick days? For example, one 55-year-old guy had 25 years of perfect attendance, which was highly regarded in his new job.
  • Do you possess any positive personal qualities? Some people are enjoyable to be around because of their positive energy, calming temperament, or comedic ability. Character matters! Hiring managers don't only select qualified candidates. The individuals they employ will be their daily companions for years. 

5. Use the all-encompassing CV and skill list to tailor and power up a resume or CV

Words elicit emotions and vitality. Use powerful action verbs to amplify and enliven your communication abilities. 

Final Thoughts

Keep a copy of the resume on your phone in digital format, so you may add items that arise in the weeks after this exercise (favorite apps include Evernote and Google Docs). The résumé may also be printed out and posted to your refrigerator. Be sure to give plenty of free places to add items as you remember new experiences and get new ideas.

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