Career Skill Assessment: Things to Consider Before You Do One
A career skill assessment or competency assessment will help you understand the key characteristics you need to be successful in a particular position or career.
Once you know what skills and competencies you need you can assess your gaps and
develop a plan to close them.
A career skill assessment or competency assessment is an integral part of your career development process.
It applies to all phases of your career development planning, whether it is for developing in your present position, applying for a new position or changing your career.
The points below will help you to understand why skills and competencies are important and how to factor them in your personal career development plan.
Most organizations use competencies in some shape or form in their Human Resources or People processes. They form an important part of the organization's culture, philosophy and way of doing things. They also tell a lot about the company and help others understand what the company stands for.
Competencies are usually defined by the senior management team and may change over time to reflect changing business needs.
Competencies are used in:
Recruitment and selection
Performance management, and
Training and development
These are the basic and fundamental Human Resources or People Processes. You can do a career skill or competency assessment for each of these processes to establish your gaps.
Why they are important to you
Competencies are important to you because they form the foundation of any development that you will undertake in your career.
They help you to understand the most important things that matter in a certain position and what you need to demonstrate to perform successfully in that position.
Most people are not born with the competencies they need in their job. They learn or develop them.
If you have a competency gap you can also develop them over time.
There are many different ways of developing competencies after you have completed a career skill assessment. Understanding the different ways of developing your skills and competencies will help you put together an effective development plan.
Finally, it is in your interest to learn about this process and use it to create your
employee development plan.
There are a lot of other resources you can tap into both at work and outside which will help you with your career skill assessment process and competency development.
Do not hesitate to ask for help and guidance from other people including your
many other resources
you can tap into for further information.
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