Identifying relevant skills for Maritime, Energy and Technical jobs
Understanding your skills and interests is crucial in order to make informed careers choices and to advertise yourself successfully to employers. Plan your career taking seriously into consideration what particular skill you have and how it will help you achieve your full potential.
Companies value candidates who know what they have to offer in the workplace and can provide evidence of how they have successfully demonstrated their skills.
A clear understanding of your skills is important when trying to match yourself to certain roles and employers, writing a cover letter or a job application.
Use logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches to certain positions that you target now or you will want to target in the foreseeable future.
When you look for a new role, don't start by updating your CV. Instead, do a self-assessment. This will help you identify your strengths and you will showcase them more easily when updating your CV or when you will personalize an application.
What are the skills necessary to do a certain job effectively?
This is the first question you need to answer. If the role you intend to apply on is somewhat new to you ( like transferring from a certain industry to another, let's say from Cargo or Tankers to Cruise) then search for a detailed job description on the internet and list all traits a person would need to perform the job well.
Try to be honest and highlight on that list the traits you have and index them as strengths. Why do you think that those skills are your strengths ? Think of two or three examples where you demonstrated each skill in action.
Now benchmark those skills and see what positions are looking for that particular set of skills. Be sure to include in your interview pitch this list of skills and to talk about it.
Candidates often underestimate their knowledge and how they can put it in the use of the employer. It can be technical know-how, knowledge about a particular product, service,etc. Do you know what level of understanding is required for your next role? If you don't then start digging.
These are general skills that are applicable in many different jobs and fields. Lack of direct experience in a certain sector is not necessarily a barrier to a new job. We personally know plenty technical people that moved industries, transferred skills and performed good on their jobs.
You may think that a lack of relevant, industry-specific experience will stop you from getting a job. We can tell you for sure that this is not always the case.
If you are changing careers or are looking for your first job, you will be happy to know that employers are looking for potential. Sometimes potential is the most important thing you need to prove to an employer.
And the best way you can accomplish that is by using transferrable skills. You must show the employer that you used certain skills on a job and performed well because of them, and you can repeat that within their organization.
Same as above, try to think at two or three occasions when you demonstrated those skills in action. Did you ever help your company reduce costs? or maybe, you helped simplify a process ? Were you alone on that, or part of the team ? If you were part of team then this means that you can work effectively within a team and you have a great example for that.
Prove to the employer that an investment in you is a good choice and will generate return.
Let's look at some transferable skills.
Working effectively in a group and succeeding in achieving results is one of the most important transferrable skills that apply across almost all Maritime, Energy and Technical Sectors.
Think about how you performed when working in a team in the past and highlight those moments in your CV / Cover Letter. Reassuring a potential employer regarding your capability to perform within a team is certainly a good thing.
Organization and Time Management
You will not be required to work all the time in a team. Some jobs may also require that you work alone on some tasks. When this happens then you must take responsibility for your work and your time.
You must be able to demonstrate effective prioritization of tasks. Think of times when you have been proactive rather than reactive to situations and workloads. Employers like to know that they will bring onboard an employee that will get out of their confort zone and anticipate needs and meet deadlines.
Research and Analytical Skills
Some issues that might arise on the job could require you to gather, interpret and analyze information. You should be able to demonstrate how you used these skills on the job on previous roles.
If you are able to gather information from complex sources then this is a skill that you might want to put in front of a potential employer.
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