Knowing what an employer is looking for will help you tailor your cover letter, resume, and interview language. Being aware of the types of skills that employers may seek will also help you prepare for the world of work. Think about your past experiences in terms of the skills you used - these can come from school, projects, volunteer, extra-curricular and work experiences.
By looking at these broad categories and examples of specific skills below you can (see also Skill Action Verbs):
The skillful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.
The ability to think of new ways to do something, creativity and innovation are often key to success of a business, particularly during strategic planning and when designing new products and services.
The understanding of a problem and the ability to solve it, step-by-step, based on planning and reasoning.
The skills needed to choose a course of action based on analysis of the risk involved and estimated prediction of success.
The ability to plan, control, organize, and direct the financial resources of clubs/organizations/businesses.
The use of interpersonal skills for resolving conflict, relating to, and helping others.
The ability to see the “big picture” and understand what can be done to complete or improve a project or situation.
The ability to supervise, direct, and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals.
The search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs.
The day-to-day skills which assist in promoting effective production and work satisfaction.