The Personal Audit
How do you turn what your feelings have coached youngsters in a football or
about what you are good at, into rugby team– using skills like leadership,
something employers are interested in motivation, encouragement, training etc.
reading and hearing about? The answer By using this structure it is quite easy to
is to use a Personal Audit. For someone start describing an effective range of
looking for a job, whether it is trying to experiences and skills.
find employment in a role that you have Step3
experience at, or in a job that is new, a Choose your top marketable attributes
personal audit is a good place to start. in each category. Use examples from
A personal audit will identify personal the notes made to prove your point –if
features that can help a candidate stand you believe you are creative, prove it
out when applying for a job and allow with a real world example.
the potential employer to see how the Step 4
candidate matches up with the person Try to match employment opportunities
specification. with your skills; good at figures and
handling money—where does this lead?
How do you start a personal audit? Whay sort of job would these skills
make you suitable for? Use your
To write a personal audit does take time personal audit with careers advisors,
and effort, but this work is always show then your skills, and let them point
worthwhile. Those who carry out a you in the right direction.
personal audit are often quite surprised
by what they discover about thier skills, Once you have completed a personal
talent and employability. audit, you should be able to match your
To complete a personal audit there are skills to job opportunities. Most job
a number of different stages or steps. vacancy adverts will give details of
tasks and duties involved (from the Job
Step 1. Description), and the sort of person
The first task is to list all the jobs you needed to do the job (from the Person
have done. You do not have to be Specification). So can you now match
employed to do this—have you helped your knowledge and skills, which have
with a school production, organised an been made clear through the personal
event—all of this type of practical Audit, to what the employer wants.
experience will be used in a personal What the applicant now has to do
audit. through the application process, is make
Step 2. clear to the employer how their skills,
Next for each job or activity, list the skills match the employers needs.
you used or developed whilst doing the An good example of a students personal
job. So if you organised an event, did audit can be found at;
you buy any supplies, drinks or food—
so skills are ordering and payments. http://resources.glos.ac.uk/pdp/pdpstud
Have you dealt with customers—so ents/stuactivities/skillsaudit2example.cf
customer relations and so on. You may m