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Employment Skills

If you think you don’t have any experience, THINK AGAIN! You may not have specific job experience, but you do have work experience.

You have "worked" as a homemaker, a student, a volunteer, in a hobby or some other personal activity. The skills you use for these "jobs" can be applied to other jobs.

Household skills

  • Sewing
  • Child care
  • Making clothes
  • Money management
  • Budgeting
  • Directing procedures
  • Teaching
  • Decorating
  • Laundry skills
  • Food preparation
  • Counseling others
  • Relating to other people
  • Keeping records
  • Public relations
  • Formulating new ideas
  • Ironing
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Carpentry skills

  • Sanding
  • House painting
  • Cabinet building
  • Ornamental woodwork
  • Building additions
  • House framing
  • Paneling
  • Furniture making
  • Insulation installation
  • Furniture refinishing
  • Money handling
  • Relating to people
  • Directing customers
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Kitchen skills

  • Food preparation
  • Cooking food
  • Dishwashing
  • Washing pans
  • Operating a dishwasher
  • Meal planning
  • Inventory
  • Ordering supplies
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)
  • Stocking shelves
  • Hiring
  • Budgeting
  • Scheduling
  • Directing procedures

Counseling skills

  • Group counseling (list what types of problems)
  • Individual counseling (list what types of problems)
  • Teaching (adults and/or children, volunteer or paid)
  • Inter-agency work
  • Interviewing
  • Writing programs
  • Supervising clients
  • Directing procedures
  • Scheduling
  • Formulating new ideas
  • Keeping records
  • Public relations
  • Researcher
  • Public speaking
  • Money handling
  • Writing reports
  • Crisis work
  • Other supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Gardening skills

  • Lawn care
  • Flower gardening
  • Landscaping
  • Tree trimming
  • Farming skills (please list all your skills)
  • Transporting trees
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Pruning trees
  • Grafting
  • Greenhouse work
  • Sales
  • Surveying
  • Farm laborer (list skills and machinery you can use)
  • Public relations
  • Money handling
  • Directing customers
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Garage skills

  • Pumping gas
  • Car tune-up
  • Customer relations
  • Changing tires
  • Auto body repair
  • Minor auto repairs
  • Other kinds of auto repairs
  • Repairing and maintaining diesel engine vehicles
  • Money handling
  • Selling
  • Truck driving
  • Inventory
  • Stocking shelves
  • Directing customers
  • Public relations
  • Sales
  • Keeping records
  • Car driving
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Maintenance / janitorial skills

  • Dusting
  • Sweeping floors
  • Washing floors
  • Waxing
  • Washing windows
  • Cleaning rugs or carpets
  • Cleaning bathrooms
  • Buffing
  • Polishing furniture
  • Plumbing repairs
  • Electrical repairs
  • Window repairs
  • Carpentry work
  • Public relations
  • Money handling
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Factory skills

  • Soldering
  • Assembly line work
  • Operating machinery (examples: grinder, lathe, drill press, milling machine, etc. List all you know how to use)
  • Electrical wiring
  • Stockroom work
  • Unloading or loading
  • Inventory
  • Quality control
  • Packing
  • Filling orders
  • Welding
  • Box making
  • Supervising others (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)
  • Parts clerk
  • Keeping records
  • Stocking shelves
  • Directing procedures

Teaching skills

  • Writing lesson plans
  • Formulating new ideas
  • Writing and grading tests
  • Keeping records
  • Public relations
  • Writing reports
  • Supervising adults and/or children within a school-type setting (what did you supervise them to do?)
  • Scheduling
  • Directing procedures
  • Individual counseling (list what types of problems)
  • Group counseling (list what types of problems)
  • Decorating classrooms
  • Teaching various subjects or special events
  • Organizing projects relating to parents and people in the community
  • Working with different adult and/or child populations (list what kind of special populations)
  • Other supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)
  • Making assignments
  • Setting up classroom interest centers
  • Art skills related to your teaching
  • Music skills related to your teaching

Bookkeeping skills

  • Accounting
  • Using calculators
  • Using adding machines
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Payroll
  • Income tax
  • Typing
  • Billing
  • Money handling
  • Keeping records
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Truck driver

  • Driving small trucks
  • Driving diesel trucks
  • Hooking and unhooking trailer from tractor
  • Backing large trucks into small openings
  • City driving
  • Over-the-road driving (long distance)
  • Mechanical repairs
  • Diesel repairs
  • Loading and unloading
  • Changing truck tires
  • Keeping records
  • Money handling
  • Keeping on schedule
  • Customer relations
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Maintenance / repair skills

  • General repair skills (list all your areas of experience)
  • Servicing office machines (example: typewriter, copiers, etc.)
  • Servicing equipment (examples: telephone, lawn mowers, appliances)
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Relating to customers
  • Inventory
  • Money handling
  • Sales
  • Public relations
  • Keeping records
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Secretarial skills

  • Receptionist
  • Typing
  • Filing
  • Answering telephone
  • Stenography
  • Typing from dictating machines
  • Making appointments
  • Running office machines (examples: fax machine, computers, photocopy, printing, etc.)
  • Proofreading
  • Clerk duties
  • Sorting, delivering mail
  • Greeting clients
  • Order processing
  • Calling clients
  • Directing clients
  • Public speaking
  • Keeping records
  • Public relations
  • Researcher
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Beautician

  • Hair cutting
  • Styling
  • Shampooing hair
  • Giving permanents and body waves
  • Cosmetics consulting
  • Facials
  • Manicures/pedicures
  • Scalp treatment
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair lightening
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Money handling
  • Public relations
  • Attending classes and lectures
  • Studying current beauty supplies and styles
  • Ordering supplies
  • Record keeping
  • Sales

Construction skills

  • Concrete work
  • Electrical wiring
  • Maintenance repairs
  • Plumbing
  • Heavy equipment operation
  • Truck driving
  • Brick laying
  • Trenching
  • Roofing
  • Sheet-metal work
  • Heating installation
  • Refrigeration work
  • Carpentry work
  • Heavy labor
  • Tools and machines you can use
  • Money handling
  • Public relations
  • Directing customers
  • Inventory
  • Scheduling
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Restaurant skills

  • Cashier
  • Waitress
  • Waiter
  • Bartender
  • Busboy
  • Directing customers
  • Handling money
  • Public relations
  • Hostess / maitre de
  • Dishwashing
  • Budgeting
  • Short order cook
  • Main cook
  • Cook’s assistant
  • Ordering supplies
  • Inventory
  • Hiring
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)
  • Public speaking
  • Interviewing
  • Correctly filling orders
  • Employee relations
  • Customer relations

Sales skills

  • Public relations
  • Money handling
  • Keeping records
  • Greeting customers
  • Customer service
  • Order processing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Directing customers
  • Inventory
  • Displaying samples
  • Demonstrating products
  • Writing reports
  • Experience in the art of persuading
  • Servicing goods
  • Delivery goods
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)

Sales clerk skills

  • Greeting customers
  • Keeping records
  • Customer service
  • Customer relations
  • Employee relations
  • Clerk
  • Order processing
  • Inventory
  • Directing customers
  • Sales
  • Bookkeeping
  • Money handling
  • Ordering supplies
  • Correctly filling orders
  • Using office machines (list all you can use)
  • Billing
  • Typing
  • Directing procedures
  • Supervisory experience (in a job, in a club or organization you belong to, etc.)
  • Decorating a store
  • Inventory
  • Stocking shelves