There are 2 general types of skills, which go by different names.
Both are equally important when it comes to getting and keeping a job.
1. Soft skills are also referred to as “professional skills” and “employability skills.”
These skills are needed in almost every single workplace. Examples: Be on time, work well as part of a team, work independently, communicate effectively, think critically, etc.)
2. Hard skills are also referred to as “technical skills.”
Sometimes these skills are very specific to a profession or workplace, but not always. Examples: Use excel or other computer programs, drive a car, file papers, muck a horse stall, etc.)
3. Transferrable skills are technical or professional skills that can be used in more than one environment.
Examples: The ability to measure things is a hard skill, which can be used in a lot of different places and jobs (in a home or commercial kitchen, at a science lab, on a carpentry site, in a frameshop, etc.). The ability to manage time is a soft skill, which can help you achieve your goals at home and in the workplace.
SKILLS for the WORKPLACE
- Success in the New Economy (video)
- Skills Needed to Succeed
- Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC’s)
- OnetOnline Skill categories and definitions
- Types of Skills
- The Top 60 Soft Skills at Work (2007)
- Hard or Soft Skill Jeopardy
- Workforce Solutions: Rebranding your skills
- (video) Career Development & Upskilling (2013)
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