3 Quick Steps To Conduct a Skills Self-Assessment & Why You Should Do One Regularly
When the Music Industry screeched to a halt overnight in March 2020, I was faced with a choice. Leave the only industry I knew, or seek employment in a different industry.
At the time, I lacked the confidence that my skills would translate beyond the scope of the Concerts & Live Events industry.
Here were some reasons in my head as to why my experience was too narrow:
- The Music Industry plays by different rules.
- My job involved a “niche” skillset that was specific to being at live events.
- I had major imposter syndrome already, so a new role would only be worse!
- I had no formal “technical” skills.
So I sat down with a blank piece of paper and did a skills assessment.
Sounds daunting, but it’s not.
Here’s what to focus on:
Step 1: Reflect on your accomplishments
By reverse-engineering your proudest professional moments, you will uncover your superpowers.
- Does your past experience involve high volume and fast pace?
- Alternatively, did it require focus & deep thinking?
Write out a description of each big project you worked on and carve out the skills you used.
Step 2: Use metrics
Everyone has a measurable impact, you simply need to define your metrics.
- Did you plan events for your team where you handled logistics?
- Were you ever in charge of a budget for your office or team?
What did you do that moved the needle or changed outcomes?
Step 3: Look at the tools you use in your daily life
What tools do you use every day (both personally & professionally) and how do you use them?
- Are you a master at to-do lists?
- Do you have great prioritization and calendaring skills?
We all have more skills & knowledge than we realize. Step back every once in a while and take stock.
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