Step 1: Assess

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Review your work, and educational and personal experiences to identify the strengths and skills you can offer an employer. Be sure to emphasize these skills on your resume and when speaking to an employer during an interview or networking opportunity.

Skills: The lists below include skills that are highly valued by employers. Review the lists to help you identify potential skills you can highlight on your resume or in an interview.

Step 2: Enhance provides some suggestions to help you add to your current skillset.

  • The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy

    Source: Burning Glass

    • Human skills apply social, creative and critical intelligence to problems.
      • Analytical Skills
      • Collaboration
      • Communication
      • Critical Thinking
      • Creativity
    • Digital Building Block Skills are increasingly useful outside traditional digitally-intense job families.
      • Analyzing Data
      • Managing Data
      • Software Development
      • Computer Programming
      • Digital Security & Privacy
    • Business Enabler Skills allow the other skills to be put to work in practical situations.
      • Business Processes
      • Project Management
      • Digital Design
      • Communication Data
  • The Eight Critical Competencies for Finding a Position

    Source: National Association of Colleges & Employers

    • **Critical Thinking/Problem Solving – Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness. 
    • **Oral/Written Communications – Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively. 
    • **Teamwork/Collaboration – Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict. 
    • Digital Technology – Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies. 
    • **Leadership – Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work. 
    • Professionalism/Work Ethic – Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes. 
    • Career Management – Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace. 
    • Global/Intercultural Fluency – Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.
    • **These skills are Included in the UNT Career Connect marketable skills digital badging and credentialing record.
  • Career Exploration

    Are you still not sure what type of position you want to seek or industries on which you should focus? There are many occupations that you are likely qualified for, but you may not know much about the industry or the specific job. These resources can help you connect your skills and interests, plus your major, to a potential occupation.

    • MyPlan – A career assessment to connect your personality, interests, skills and values to career options.
    • O*NET – A government resource to explore all career options related to interests, skills, and values, as well as what are some occupations that have a lot of predicted job growth.  
    • What Can I Do With This Major? – A resource that will show you what roles connect with your major and each other, shows the type of employers to focus on, and suggests strategies to finding a job in the field.
    • LinkedIn's Career Explorer – This tool uncovers career paths by matching the skills you obtained during your previous employment to thousands of post-graduation job titles.