“Hello, my name is Calvin Stewart. For the past year I’ve worked in a production machine shop using high-powered drills, sanders, and a CNC machine. One idea of mine saved my employer thousands of dollars in production costs.”
Important Skills to Include
These skills are used on many jobs. (For instance, almost half of all jobs require keeping records and maintaining files.) Employers will be looking for these skills when they hire. If you have these skills, include them in your skills statement:
- Use a computer
- Keep records and maintain files
- Apply interpersonal communication techniques
- Use computer keyboard
- Follow/give instructions
- Use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling
- Provide customer service
- Use word processing software
- Use spreadsheet software
- Prepare reports
Now Create Your Own
Now it’s time to create your own skills statement. If you have some of the skills listed above, include them. Here’s the three parts of your skills statement:
Part 1: Identify yourself.
Part 2: State briefly the skills you have or results you produced on past jobs that are important to the employers you are calling.
Part 3: Show how you have fit into other companies in the past or the personal qualities you have that are important to the job you want.
Skills Statement Practice
Once you have created your skills statement, it’s time to practice using it. Here are some ways to do that:
Sit with a positive and caring friend. Explain what a skills statement is and why you need one. Have your friend pretend to be an employer. Start by reading your skills statement. Repeat this process until you feel comfortable just saying it.
Use a tape recorder. Find a quiet place and pretend you are speaking to an employer. Imagine the details: the company name, the employer’s name, the job you want. Doing this makes this practice more effective. Now say your skills statement into the tape recorder. Repeat this several times before you play the tape back.
Stand in front of a mirror. Pretend you are speaking to an employer. Practice your skills statement until you feel comfortable.
Ways to use your skills statement
- At the beginning of an interview. A skills statement is a great ice-breaker.
- When an employer asks: “Tell me a little about yourself.” A skills statement describes you and your skills in a way that relates directly to an employer’s needs.
- When you do follow-up calls to employers. By repeating the skills statement, you refresh the employer’s memory.
- When you sit down to prepare a resume. Since your skills statement contains information that will be useful in a resume, it can help you get started.
- When you are on your way to an interview. Repeating your skills statement to yourself is a good way to get “pumped up” for an interview.