Remember the last time you developed your teamwork skills?
What about when you used your communication skills in a real life situation?
Or when you showed off your enterprising skills?
When it comes to applying for part/full time jobs, work experience, or apprenticeships you will always need to stand out from the other applicants and show the employer that your are better suited and have the right skills to fill the role.
When you are applying for your first working role or for a job in your dream career, one of the most important things that employers will want to look at are your skills and life experiences as they know you will not have had years of experience in work. By considering your skills an employer can get to know what type of person you are, where your strengths and weaknesses lie, and all importantly how well suited you are to the role they are looking to fill.
‘I’ve never had a Job so what work skills do I have?’
Employers will understand that when applicants have just left school or may still be in education they will not have the same level of working experience as an older person, however there are still a lot of transferable skills that you will have gained and developed through your teenage years at school or college. For example if you have ever had to write and prepare for a presentation in-front of your year in an assembly or you volunteered to help at a local primary school athletics competition you have developed communication skills and shown that you are able to express a message to a group of people with younger children being the toughest!
Showing an employer your skills
When you apply for any position it is likely that you will need to submit a CV, possibly have a telephone conversation, and after that you will go in for an interview with the employer. If you have not considered and recorded your work skills, and how they could transfer in to the role you are applying for then the employer may never know how much of a great fit you are for their job.
This is why My Skills Bucks was created, to give students somewhere online they can go to write down and record their work skills and examples of when they used and developed these skills, so that when you are applying for a job you can look back at your My Skills Bucks account and remind yourself of key points about your skills and either write these in to your CV or prepare to explain them in an interview. By having somewhere that you can log all of your skills it makes every stage of job applications easier as you will know what you are good at and how you can apply this in the job role.
My Skills Bucks is a free online service for all Buckinghamshire students, simply click here and use your school email address to sign up. Once your account has been confirmed you will be free to browse all the resources and advice to help get you started logging your skills. There is even help with identifying your skills and how these would be useful in working life. Click below to get started…