Do you have a complete list of your skills and expertise?

your skills and keywordsWhat are you good at?  Do you have a list of all your skills?

This is not a résumé, rather it is just a private list, organized or not, of the things that you know you can do.  It can serve you as a way to build a résumé, but even more, it can keep you from getting too down on yourself in the midst of the job search.

Perhaps you might want to keep a stack of 3X5 cards in your pocket or a file on your phone where you just record each skill as it comes to you during your day.

We are all much more talented than we usually give ourselves credit for.

Do you have this list?  Not just in your head but on paper or the computer?

If you have it in a spreadsheet, you can add columns like: “Want to do this in my next job” or “I like this”. Then grade them and sort.  Now you know what skills to look for in job descriptions.

Pick a really strong skill.  How can you use this skill in your job search this week?

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What is your next title?

finding your next titleFinding your next job and your next title can either be a piece of cake or a struggle. Many people know what their next job will be.  It might be the same title in a different company, it might be adding “Sr.” to their current title, or it might be something entirely different, but they know what it is.

You are the one who decides what your next title will be.  But the companies and hiring managers are the ones who accept or reject based on what you show them that you can do.  So what can you do?  Do you know what your skills, expertise and abilities are?  Do you know what that complex of abilities is usually called in your industry?

Check out my skill sheets or make your own.  What can you do?  What software do you “own”? What procedures have you done?  Do you want to do them in your next job?  For a quick webcast, click here

Check out a jobs board like and see if these skills add up to the title you think you want.  What else is there?  Can you do those things but forgot about them?

These words are YOUR keywords and you need to use them when you talk about what you have done.

Download a free LinkedIn Profile Checklist that tells you how to use these words

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What skills are you good at?

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You have lots of skills, expertise, knowledge, abilities and talents.  Which ones do you want to be paid for?

I sometimes get calls from people who “just want a job, any job”.  Besides the fact that there are no “any jobs”, you will be very unhappy if you had a job that doesn’t use your skills, expertise, knowledge, abilities and talents.  On the other hand, you have some of those that although you are good at them, you really don’t want to be paid to do them.  For instance, I’m really good at cleaning refrigerators, but I don’t want it to be part of my job. 

What skills, etc., do you have that are highly valued and well-paid?  Do they amount to a job you want? 

Sometimes I talk with grad students who don’t really know where to start and don’t have titles that could help or descriptions of jobs they have filled in the industry they want.  Other times, I talk with very senior people who have so much information it is tough to choose.  Are you one of these people?

One of the problems of students is that they think that they don’t really know anything or at least not well.  What they need to realize is that you don’t have to be the very best, you just need to be better than your competition. (Remember the hikers who were chased by a bear and one said to the other, “We are not faster than that bear” and the other said, “I just have to be faster than you.”)  Their job is finding the job where what they know is what is needed.

For the senior people, who have done so much and forgotten half of it, it is more a matter of choosing what they like to do.

Spend some time with us on December 16th at 7 pm PST to talk about all of this.

Free 1 hour webinar,

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