When applying for any opportunity, e.g. job, placement course of further study, it is very important to be able to understand and explain what skills you have and how you could contribute.
This can be a fairly straightforward process and these notes will help you to assess what skills and supporting evidence you have and what skills might be missing or needing improvement.
The day-to-day reality of the workplace or academic world means that we are continually using skills in a very integrated, often simultaneous way.
Even a relatively simple activity like presenting a report at a meeting involves a range of competencies being deployed and synthesised at once.
Therefore, it’s ideal to consider your current skills and competencies.
It's worth doing a few as you get to see a variety of different roles you didn't know existed. It was quite stressful obtaining so many placements but it is possible!
Jeanette Pejnovic, BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design
Key skills commonly sought by recruiters in the creative, media and design sectors include:
As well as specific skills or competencies (which are the ability to do certain things) other qualities are important for success in work and further study or perhaps in running your own business. The following list provides some details of the personal qualities that recruiters generally look for:
Key Skills, qualifications and experience are required by a recruiter to judge your effectiveness and ability to perform in a role. If you are applying for a specific role try to put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter. Analyse the objectives, roles, tasks etc. and identify the criteria for a successful candidate. List all the skills, qualifications and experience required and compare it with your current portfolio of skills above.
It would be useful to maintain an ongoing, ‘live’ record of your skills and evidence, perhaps in an e-portfolio. That way, it is easy to make changes, update records and select evidence to suit specific applications.
These notes have provided some background to the idea of identifying key skills looked for by recruiters. The next step is to make a commitment to compete some action points. We’ve supplied some possible action points you can adopt, or you can construct your own.