Personal Skills Audit – Discover the skills you didn’t know you had!
Let me ask you a question.
Would you be comfortable typing this article on Microsoft Word? Whatever your answer, would you list being able to use Microsoft Word as a skill? This and other issues can be addressed if you carry out a skills audit.
List all of your skills, not just the obvious ones
A skills audit requires thinking about your full list of skills, not just the obvious ones. You then decide what level they are at, and anything relevant needs to go on your CV straight away, and other relevant places such as your LinkedIn profile. If you haven’t got a LinkedIn profile, I suggest you sort one out as soon as possible!
You should do a full audit of your skills once a year, and in between make a working document that you update as you go. Think of it as a sort of skills diary that you update as and when you do something new.
When compiling a skills audit, the following steps need to be followed:
- Be honest, but don’t undersell yourself. A skill is a skill even if it isn’t well developed. Nobody expects you to be an expert in everything. Now do each of the below points in order and complete them as individual lists, before going on to the next one. Take your time and include everything you can think of.
- Start with your education. Your qualifications are probably pretty self-explanatory, but if you have a degree, it may need more explaining. Think outside the classroom. Did you take part in an extended trip, do out of education clubs, run the school football team or similar? If so what skills did you pick up?
- Think about your work history and don’t forget the small stuff. It may only have been a Saturday job you had while you were at college, but what did it involve? People forget things like fire training or first aid skills regularly, but even if they have lapsed make a note. Your potential new employer may want you to renew them.
- Life experience is still experience. Backpacking through the Andes may have seemed like an extended holiday to you, but it is actually quite an achievement and one that requires a lot of different skills to complete.
By now you should have a list of skills
- Go back over the list you made and rate each skill. Excellent, good, proficient, competent, or basic will work. Or simply 1 for needing improvement and 5 for a top score will suffice.
- Now add one more set of skills – make a list of skills you would like to gain or want to improve to help your career.
You now have a skills audit
What you have in front of you now is a skills audit of your current skills and your current skills level and a wish list of new skills you would like. So here is where the magic comes in. Looking back over your lists think how you could explain the skills in the context of your working life. So if you regularly helped out with your children’s school fundraising events, that means handling money, planning long-term projects, working with others, communicating on many levels, and so on.
Going back over your list will now not only give you a good idea of what you can do, but you should be able to clearly see where you want to improve. This is now more than a just a list; it is a clear guide to your strengths and where you need to improve.
The final step is to use our CV builder tool in conjunction with your skills audit and then arrange to come and see us. We will be happy to look at what you want out of your career and do all we can to make it possible.
Our CV builder can be found at this link: https://www.jobwise.co.uk/cv-builder/