When applying for a job, it is ideal that you identify your
strengths and weaknesses and get prepared to address them. By
knowing your advantage, the chances of getting the job that you want
will surely get easier. But you should not get too confident since
this is one of the common mistakes that plague job applicants.
Appearing too confident or as somewhat of a know it all person will
only get you labeled by your interviewer as unfit for the job.
Identifying your skills
First thing's first. You should identify your skills. This is your
ticket to get that job and you should be able to articulate your
abilities and expertise as best as you can. Many people have a hard
time telling their skills and abilities as this may seem to be
bragging. But you should not be shy or afraid to discuss your
skills. In fact, it is important that you convey to your potential
employer what your talents are. You should be able to sell your
abilities to your employer. That is how you will get the job that
you want. It is important that you don't appear arrogant or
condescending but you should also avoid selling yourself short. If
the interviewer asks you about your strengths or what separates you
from the other applicants, you should be able to readily give a good
answer. But before you even go to the interview part, your resume
should highlight your skills and talents for your prospective
employer to see.
Type of skills
There are two main types of skills, hard skills and soft skills.
Hard skills are tangible in the sense that these are things that you
do like: knowing how to operate different kinds of machinery,
knowledge of a specialized computer program, ability to type fast,
skills on using many types of tools, credentials regarding special
crafts, etc. Soft skills are skills that are rather abstract in
nature like personal qualities. This may include the folowing: being
a good team player, having the ability to work on your own, being
enthusiastic or organized and decisive.
The steps to follow
Making a list of your previous jobs and experience acquired
First thing to do is to make a list of all the companies that you
had worked for and the things that you learned from these jobs.
There will be a lot of things to list and you should be careful
enough not to forget even the smallest things or activities that you
were part of or organized. It is also a good idea to list the
volunteer activities that you participated in.
Include a list of your hobbies