What is it about your skills assessment that you should know?
When we find ourselves looking for a new job or a new professional direction we may underestimate the importance of knowing our skills and competencies.
First, we tend to focus on the skills we gained in our job. For example, you know that you can use Excel and PowerPoint very well but you may not see yourself as a leader even if you are the president of an association.
The holistic skill assessment approach
You need to look at the things you do outside of your job when we think about competences and skills. It’s important to have a holistic approach. Holistic means looking at the whole picture when it comes to the competencies and skills you developed. If you’re engaged in association. or you’re doing something outside of your work. Maybe you have a hobby. In any case, you are developing skills too.
Underestimate your level of skills for lack of skill assessment
Another risk if you do not know your skills is that you stay in a job that may not be adapted to your level of competencies and skills. You may end up in burnout or bore out because you are asked to make too much or not enough efforts.
Another risk is that you may underestimate yourself. You think you’re not that good. When employers ask you. You may say you’re doing “ok” with excel when in fact you are doing very well compared to other job applicants.
Overestimate your level of skills
It is also important to your level of competencies and skills because you can also overestimate your level. Imagine you say to an employer that you are an expert with PowerPoint but you are just a novice. You can end up in a job which is way too hard for you. Maybe you are a fast learner. You could avoid the stress of doing something that is way too complex for you.
Presenting your skills to employers or potential clients
Another point about not knowing your competencies and skills is self-presentation. You may not be able to present yourself in a positive light to someone who may want to work with you. It can be a new employer or a new client if you’re not able to state your competencies and skills.
Not sizing an opportunity
When you don’t know your level of competencies and skills. You may also miss an occasion to size an opportunity that could end up in a job offer. You may have the required skills set but not be aware of it. It is also possible that you are not be to share real life examples.
When you do not know your skills and competencies. You may end up upset and unhappy. You realize that you have a potential but you do not know how to articulate it in a way that an employer can understand it. Not being aware of your skill set can also worsen your self esteem because you do not see what you can. Our brain has tendency to focus on lack. Which means to focus on the skills you do not have. This negativity bias can have a negative impact on your whole job search.
Most of the people ignore their skill set
You are definitely not alone.
- What would happen if you knew your skills and competencies?
- How would you feel?
- What would you do differently?
- What are your top three competencies and skills?
- What did you do so far to assess our skills and competencies?