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Self-management Skills

Self-management skills tell an employer whether or not your personality fits the personality of the company, the bosses, and the co-workers.

Over 50 percent of the people who are not successful on the job have trouble with their co-workers and bosses, so its important for you to show employers how you fit into their operations.

Many employers would rather hire an inexperienced worker with good self-management skills than an experienced worker who might cause problems.

If you are not sure what kind of management skills you have, do the exercise on the following pages. This exercise will help you identify your strongest self-management skills.

Review this list of self-management skills and check any three that you believe you exhibit over 50% of the time. Place a second check next to the 10 skills that you believe would be most important in the next job you have that meets your primary job objective.

A = I Exhibit

B = Next Job

A B self-management skill
   academic
   active
   accurate
   adaptable
   adventurous
   affectionate
   aggressive
   alert
   ambitious
   artistic
   assertive
   attractive
   bold
   broad-minded
   businesslike
   calm
   careful
   cautious
   charming
   cheerful
   clear-thinking
   clever
   competent
   competitive
   confident
   conscientious
   conservative
   considerate
   cool
   cooperative
   courageous
   creative
   curious
   daring
   deliberate
   democratic
   dependable
   determined
   dignified
   discreet
   dominant
   eager
   easygoing
   efficient
   emotional
   energetic
   enterprising
   enthusiastic
   fair-minded
   farsighted
   firm
   flexible
   forceful
   formal
   frank
   friendly
   generous
   gentle
   good-natured
   healthy
   helpful
   honest
   humorous
   idealistic
   imaginative
   independent
   individualistic
   industrious
   informal
   ingenious
   intellectual
   intelligent
   intentive
   kind
   leisurely
   lighthearted
   likable
   logical
   loyal
   mature
   methodical
   meticulous
   mild
   moderate
   modest
   natural
   obliging
   open-minded
   opportunistic
   optimistic
   organized
   original
   outgoing
   painstaking
   patient
   peaceable
   persevering
   pleasant
   poised
   polite
   practical
   precise
   progressive
   prudent
   purposeful
   pressure-resistant
   punctual
   productive
   quick
   quiet
   rational
   realistic
   reasonable
   reflective
   relaxed
   reliable
   reserved
   resourceful
   responsible
   retiring
   robust
   self-confident
   sensible
   sensitive
   serious
   sharp-witted
   sincere
   sociable
   spontaneous
   spunky
   stable
   steady
   strong
   strong-minded
   sympathetic
   tactful
   teachable
   tenacious
   thorough
   thoughtful
   tolerant
   tough
   trusting
   trustworthy
   unaffected
   unassuming
   understanding
   unexcitable
   uninhibited
   verbal
   versatile
   warm
   wholesome
   wise
   witty
   zany

Now, select two of your strongest self-management skills and write these as complete statements.

Then include examples from your own experiences that support your statements. Also, show a connection between each skill and the job you want.

Statement                                                                                                          

Example                                                                                                           

Connection