Know Your Work Skills

A skill is the ability to do a certain task well. Skills can be a natural ability and can also be learned over time. You can gain or expand your skills with practice or training. It is important to assess your skills at all phases of your career since you develop new skills at work, school, and through extracurricular activities.

There are different ways to group your skills.

  • Transferable skills: These are skills that can be used in almost every industry and in a lot of different jobs. There is a short list of common transferable skills on the next page, but you should explore other online skill assessments
  • Technical skills: These skills are specific to occupations. Welders need to work with special equipment. Nurses need to understand medical terms. The descriptions of occupations will list required skills. Ask your library about the Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information about occupations.

Use the list of Common Transferable and Technical Skills below.

Common Transferable and Technical 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.
  • Able to follow directions
  • Able to learn
  • Able to listen
  • Able to remember
  • Able to write
  • Punctual
  • Honest
  • Math skills
  • Organized
  • Able to remember
  • Critical thinking
  • Decision making
  • Able to sort
  • Proactive
  • Able to work alone
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.
  • Empathic
  • Coordinate with others
  • Help others
  • Negotiate
  • Persuade
  • Teach others
  • Helping patients or clients
  • Dependable
  • Cheerful
  • Conscientious
  • Cooperative
  • Patient
  • Diplomatic
  • Tolerant
  • Generous
  • Caring for a child 
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
  • Observing
  • Flexible
  • Courageous
  • Supervise people
  • Manage things
  • Manage time
  • Take directions
  • Give directions
  • Listening skills
  • Problem solving
  • Communicating
  • Researching
  • Planning
Technical Skills Technology includes computers and equipment. People in all occupations should know how to work with technology.
  • Choosing tools
  • Quality control
  • Install equipment
  • Install computer programs
  • Check equipment
  • Operate equipment
  • Repair equipment
  • Troubleshooting
  • Painting
  • Welding
  • Playing an instrument
  • Processing X-rays
  • Filing
  • Arranging flowers
  • Cooking
  • Software knowledge
  • Typing

Online Skills Assessments

You can also meet with a career coach at JCS to discuss other assessments. 

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