Know who you are and what you want. Know your value. Use your Career Tools to talk confidently about your skills, achievements, strengths and work preferences.
Part 1. What makes you a good candidate? What are you good at? Does knowledge alone make you employable?
Understanding your own experience and capabilities through the lens of 'knowledge, skills and competencies' helps you to understand exactly who you are and what you can do, both for yourself and for your employer.
This knowledge is vital to be able to promote yourself effectively to employers. It can also assist you to:
Knowledge is 'what is known in a particular field or in total; facts and information'. Knowledge can be obtained in many ways such as reading books, formal study and acquisition by osmosis.
Knowledge does not equal ability, although it is an important part.
We all know somebody like George, the Formula 1 motor racing enthusiast who knows all the statistics, the theory, the driver histories, the pitlane conventions, what the different coloured flags mean and so on. Could George actually perform any job in the Formula 1 paddock? George would probably need hands-on training and time to improve his actual skills and competencies before he could add any value.
Don't confuse knowledge with competence.
John is a computer programmer with 7 years experience and a vast knowledge of IT-related matters. John desires a position as a website designer and reasons that his superior knowledge of computers is ample qualification for employment in this capacity.
John has never built a website, does not understand the psychology of user behaviour, and is not skilled at dealing with people to determine their needs. John spends 3 months of his time searching for and applying for web designer positions, a poor use of his time because web design is a competitive field and the market is currently flooded with skilled, experienced web designers searching for similar roles.
John would be better served investigating how he can obtain more of the skills and competencies needed to obtain an entry level position as a web designer.
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