• Zoe Nellum

Describing Your Skills: What Can You Do?

Icebreakers and job interviews have something in common; they usually require for you to use descriptive words to paint your identity or abilities.


In less daunting situations such as meeting a new person, you may mention a hobby or something you like to do in your freetime. But outside of that, how do you even put adjectives to your personality or the related skills of those hobbies?


To simply begin, identifying a few groups can help you get on the right track. While many skill sets overlap, we can split them into main categories: Hard Skills and Soft Skills.


Hard Skills is the quantity side of your expertise.

What's your highest level of education?

Do you have background in multiple languages?

Are you proficient with technology?


Obviously there are such jobs that may care about the less about the technicalities, and this is when you focus on your Soft Skills.

This includes how good you are with:

Communication (phone calls, MSG, social media)

Time Management

Taking intiviate or being a leader/teamplayer

These are qualities that may come naturally or build overtime, but you will probably most likely be remembered and recommended for.


With that said, maybe it still doesn't quite describe your skill set. It may be helpful to search for 'Resume terms' to better fit a description of your personal abilities, or you may need something more interactive to configure the type of do-er you are.


Sites like Gallup Strength Finder and High5Test are reliable websites that give free quizzes to help you identify your strong points and weaker spots overall.


The journey is long and hard to discover how you best work by yourself and with others, so don't be discouraged if the words don't fit right away; they'll always find you!


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