Why do I need a spreadsheet of my skills?

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Do you know what skills you have for your next job?



  1. Experts frequently assume that “everybody” can do what they do.  This is not true and thinking so can make you undervalue yourself. 
  2. You have a huge list of skills.  Some of them you “own”, some you are so-so in, some you need to learn and some you never want to do again.  You all can probably clean a refrigerator and I’m sure that you don’t want to have a job where that is one of your primary responsibilities.   So sort this list into those you want to use in your career and those that you don’t.  Golf, while it can be useful in certain businesses, really does not belong in the top ten skills you want to be paid for in the BioSciences. The ability to use MS Excel is not a top skill for a VP of Development even if you use it every day.  Prioritize the list!
  3. Putting your amazing skills on the wall by your usual job search seat will allow you to remember your brilliance. 
  4. You won’t bother to apply for a job that requires only skills you need to learn or never want to do again.  You can reduce the size of the dragon of job search by focusing on only those jobs that you are at least 85% qualified for. 
  5. When you write or update your LinkedIn Profile, you will need these words to attract the right recruiters and to prove your understanding of the industry you want to work in.
  6. It will help you focus your job search.  If you want to move into a different niche in the industry, you can emphasize those skills that will fit best into that niche and underplay others.

Do you have a written list?  A spreadsheet?

Did you do a “skills assessment”?  Did it include all your skills? All the skills you used in your last job?  All the skills you want to use in your next one?  This is your job search and your career – take charge!

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