Let’s continue to talk about reinvention & career changes.Last week we discussed the need to assess your skills & various categories of skill sets…which were broad based & can apply to most people. Now you need to identify your own unique skills. Here are some tips for you to start this exercise:
RECALL YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Start to make lists of everything you do, starting with all of your job responsibilities. This is a good idea for you to do on a monthly basis as well, as it will be documentation of accomplishments when you want to talk about a raise or promotion with your boss. It’s like keeping an electronic (used to be paper) trail of your work life. Drill down into the details of your work… & if you’re great at presentations & running meetings, include that. Keep it succinct.
STUDY YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION: Sometimes you can be in a job for awhile, & it becomes second nature… you are in the flow of your work & don’t think about breaking down the details of what constitutes your position. If you don’t have your job description, ask human resources for a copy. It will be interesting for you to see how aware you’ve been of all the aspects of your job, & this will serve as a catalyst to help you decide which skills you want to include on your resume.
ANALYZE YOUR PAST POSITIONS: Think about what skills you’ve used in your prior jobs, & how they will help you get to your next position.
LIST YOUR AWARDS & EXTRACURICULAR ACTIVITIES: Think about what skills these acknowledge.
VOLUNTEER PARTICIPATION: Volunteering is an extremely valuable aspect of life. It is a way for you to give back to your community, school, medical association, politics, etc. The skills you use may be totally different from that of your work… so be sure to give this part of your life the same importance when you do your self analysis. The transferring of work skills from profit to non-profit is taking place on a regular basis & you may want to think about that as you are considering your next move.