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Careers: Employment skills
This section proviides information and advice on job searching, CVs, interviews and aspoects of job hunting
Note: this section is not intended to replace advice given by a careers guidance service. If you have access to a guidance & information service, you should make use of that: advice from a dedicated and specialist service is always better.
When you are working, there are two sets of skills that you need:
Job-specific skills - for instance, if you're working as a car mechanic, you need to know a bit about how cars work
Soft skills - good personal qualities, habit and attitudes.
Soft skills can be grouped into different categories:
Good personal hygiene
Being on time
Having a positive attitude
Acting responsibly and maturely
Completing all tasks that you have been given
Treating co-workers with respect
Treating your supervisors with respect
Treating members of the public with respect
Being approachable and polite
Being able to accept constructive criticism
Being able to understand spoken and written instructions
Being able to make yourself understood verbally and and in writing
Using professional and appropriate language when interacting with supervisors, co-workers and members of the public
Being able to work with people from different backgrounds
Being able to contribute to team goals
Being comfortable taking or giving directions
Being interested in learning new skills
Being interested in working on new projects
Staying informed about your field of work
Volunteering to serve on work committees
Some of these are easier to improve than others - you should have the foundational skills. There's an American Football coach who preaches something called "Takes No Talent", the basic premise of which is there are some things you can do that don't need any special talent, like turning up on time, knowing the rules and doling what you're asked to do. It takes no talent to maintain personal hygiene or dress appropriately for work!
Other soft skills might require some work to develop however. As with other aspect of career guidance, there are plenty of sites that will provide advice on developing soft skills, some can be find on the links page.