When you are considering your work experience, are you giving yourself credit where it is due or are you selling yourself short? When you see yourself on a job, what and who do you see?
For instance, if you are working at say, a store, what did you do on that job? Maybe you decided that you stocked shelves, answered customer questions, and showed up for work.
Okay. So if you look a little deeper, were there any other skills you acquired? – Were there any other things that you did or learned?
For now, let’s take a quick look at the points you identified as your job skills.
Okay, you stocked shelves. Did you also, say, run equipment? Bringing the boxes out to the floor, were you operating a palate jack? Stocking the boxes on the palate, did you bend your knees – in other words, were you safe on the job? In the same light, when you were on the floor, did you take time to put out signs over a spill or outright clean them – again, safety conscious.
When you stocked shelves, did you also face the items? Did you do inventory? Did you do anything else besides simply stock?
Just looking at this one item in a bit more detail identified possibly four more things you learned rather than just the stocking shelves. When you look at your job skills and experience, consider breaking them down like this. You may be impressed with what you do know. Let’s keep going.
When you answered customer questions, did you just tell them the answer or did you take them to the product they asked about and say something like, “have a nice day” when you left? That’s good customer service! Companies appreciate that.
When you think about working with customers, what else did you do? When you are considering applying for another job, can you match your talents and experiences with customers with what the new company is wanting, what their mission is, what your research (from the previous article A simple tool to track your job skills when looking for a new job)? If you aren’t seeing that you are doing some of these things, take this new knowledge as an opportunity to start applying these skills so you can say ‘yes’ to the job posting for companies you want to work for in the future.
When you say you showed up for work, consider how you showed up? Were you eager, excited, ready to go or were you dreading the day? This matters for a multiple of reasons. If you are eager and excited, you may be more open to learning new things that day and every skill could help you to excel personally and professionally. Each of these skills, too, can be added to your list of abilities and may apply to future positions in other companies.
So take a good look at what you have done on other jobs. Break it down into finer pieces and see what you really have experienced and learned. And stop selling yourself short!