We all know that spring is the perfect season to tidy the house or organise a cupboard, but did you know that it's also a great time to give your professional life a check through? Specifically looking at what key skills you may need to find a job. This simple guide will help you notice the skills you have and identify the skills you may need for a good job application... 

Step one: Your skills SWOT 

A skills SWOT analysis is a simple tool to help you easily identify what you are good at, where to minimise your weaknesses, what opportunities are available to you and what barriers might be holding you back. 

This is a personal tool, you don’t need to show it to anyone else so be as honest as possible. 

 It starts with a simple grid:  

The next step is to identify what skills you need to put on a job application to make an employer want to hire you.  You can do this by looking at job descriptions and noting down the skills they are asking for.  Then note down how good you feel you are at these skills and what you can do to build on these skills.  It doesn’t matter if you don’t have these skills, this is your chance to plan how you will build on them. 

Step 2

Step 3

Browse our skills hub to see the wide range of free skills courses we have to help build your confidence and boost your job opportunities. 

For more work-based tips, CV pointers and employability courses, check out our skills hub here.