Know Your Work Skills

A skill is being able to do a certain task. Examples of skills:

  • Having good people skills means that you can get along well with others.
  • Someone with repairing skills can fix things well. They are also able to learn how to fix new things.

Skills are learnable. You can gain or expand skill with practice or training. That's why it's important to assess your skills at all phases of your career.  Some of your skills can transfer from one job to others. 

To get started, think about some of your favorite skills. Think about a time when you did something you were proud of. Which skills did you use? Use the list of Common Transferable Skills below.

Common Transferable Skills
Skill Set Description Examples
Basic Skills These are skills needed by almost all workers. These skills are very important to have. Writing, for example, is a basic skill that gets you into a good job. Not having it can keep you out of a good job.
  • Learn new things
  • Listening
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Speaking
  • Think critically
People Skills These are some of the most needed and wanted skills. They're sometimes called "soft skills." These skills help people to work well with others.
  • Be aware of others
  • Coordinate with others
  • Help others
  • Negotiate
  • Persuade
  • Teach others
Management Skills All workers need these skills, not just managers. Employers hire people who can keep track of projects, money, and their time.
  • Manage money
  • Manage people
  • Manage things
  • Manage time
Systems Skills Can you understand how parts and wholes work together? For example, could you see what would happen to your company if a certain employee left? Or how a new tax law might change prices at the grocery store? Then you have systems skills.
  • Evaluate a system
  • Evaluate an organization
  • Understand a system
  • Make good decisions
Technical Skills Technology includes computers and equipment. Computers are common in most workplaces. People in all occupations should know how to work with technology.
  • Choose tools
  • Control quality
  • Install equipment
  • Install programs
  • Maintain equipment
  • Check equipment
  • Operate equipment
  • Repair
  • Troubleshooting

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