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Sell yourself well: Market your skills

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/7/2006 | Jobs and Careers

Although most of us dont feel too comfortable bragging about our skills, at times it becomes necessary. Or else it would be very difficult to land up a job, cause even if you choose to remain modest about your achievements, others wont.

When it comes to getting a job, you are allowed to boast as long as you are not claiming something which is completely a figment of your imagination. Although none of us like braggarts, it is generally accepted that in order to market yourself better, you have to brag a bit and the interviewer wont mind it. But even if you have decided that you will talk yourself up, you still might not know how to go about it.

You may be thinking that you dont have enough skills to boast about. Chances are you have them, its just that you are so used to them that you dont realize that those are your special abilities which can help you stand out from the crowd. Those would be the very skills which will make you indispensable to your prospective employers.

Most people dont know how to differentiate between their skills and duties. Any duty is something which you have to perform. Skill comes in, in the way you perform those duties. So the more skilled you are the better you will be at your duty.

Before you market your skills you need to identify them. There are three places where you need to look for your skills. These are previous jobs, personal traits and specific talents.

Job related skills are those which you had for which you were hired to do a particular job and/or the skills you develop being on the job. Since this is the skill they have been using for sometime lately, and that too regularly, people think that these are the only skills they have. However there are plenty more.

Any person has a set of adaptive skills. This he develops while adapting to his environment, be it in his home, school, or his workplace. These might be something like honesty, integrity or sincerity. But these are important to your employer and you need to tell them about these skill sets.

Then there are the transferable skills. These are the skills you acquire in one job but can transform to the next job even if the two jobs are completely different in character. Suppose your previous job required you to be good in organizational abilities. Such skills can be brought to any job even if you are going to change the field of work.

When you write your resume or go for an interview, you have to see to it that you dont miss out on enumerating these skills of yours. You dont have to blow your trumpet. Be a little tactful. And just refer to your skills while explaining how you wish to go about the job you are being interviewed for. There is nothing wrong with that. If you have the skills you should be proud about them, and your employer must know of them.