Identifying Your Skill Sets
When applying for a job in Early Education, it is important that you identify your strengths and weaknesses and get prepared to address them. By knowing your advantage, the chances of getting the job that you want will increase.
Identifying your skills.
Begin by identifying your skills. You should be able to articulate your abilities and expertise and how they make you a valuable employee. Many people have a hard time telling their skills and abilities as this may seem to be bragging. However, you should not be shy or afraid to discuss your skills. In fact, it is important that you convey to your potential employer what your talents are. You should be able to sell your abilities to your employer. That is how you will get the early education job that you want. If the interviewer asks you about your strengths or what separates you from the other applicants, you should be able to able provide a good answer. However, before you even go to the interview part, your resume should highlight your skills and talents for your prospective employer to see.
Type of skills.
There are two main types of skills, hard skills, and soft skills. Hard skills are tangible in the sense that these are things that you do like: having experience driving a bus or large van, knowledge of specialized early education computer programs, or the ability to utilize whiteboards in classroom instruction. Soft skills are skills that are rather abstract in nature like personal qualities. This may include the following: being a good team player, having the ability to work on your own, being enthusiastic or organized and decisive and build lasting relationships with parents.
The steps to follow.
Making a list of your previous jobs and experience acquired.
The first thing to do is to make a list of all the companies that you had worked for and the things that you learned from these jobs. There will be many things to list, and you should be careful enough not to forget even the smallest things or activities that you were part of or organized.
Include a list of your hobbies and volunteer activities.
Although it might sound trivial at first, it is also very helpful to list all your hobbies and volunteer activities. Our hobbies and volunteer activities often say as much about an individual as does education and work experience. Early education involves caring and playing a positive role in the lives of children, their families, and the community. Early education employers often see increased value in hiring individuals that actively participate in hobbies and volunteer activities that illustrate organizational skills, time management and care and concern for others.