Take Stock of Yourself with a Skill Inventory – SJSU

Published: March 15, 2021 by Gillian Collins

The ability to identify (and discuss) your skills and strengths is a really An important aspect in job search. But how do you find these qualities in yourself? If you’m stuck, you’re in luck! Information is your superpower. Now is the time to focus on information about you. The Skill of Creating a Stock of Skills!

Shouted (again) to Scott Brown!

Scott Brown, Oracle Network Man and SJSU iSchool Instructor, covers the Inventory Skill exercise as part of the work done on INFO 282 MArcting your LIS skills in a networked and changing world. You pin it to your personal brand appraisal and start to see where are you Fit – and
Why do you Great fit! When I created my stock of skills as a student in the course, I saw that there are a lot of hats I wear. I can say with confidence that this exercise has given me the ability to truly see the best I have to offer, and how to articulate it. So I have to give Scott credit for that!

Skill inventory versus skill assessment

The stock of skills is No Same as evaluating your skill. So to clarify things:

  • Skill assessment Is a current measurement of growth. A way to look at where you are going, based on experiences and changes that will help identify career preferences.
  • The stock of skills Is an exercise in identity. Each role is remembered, grouped and categorized, and how you performed professional tasks.

The process

There are three steps that go into creating your skills inventory. Look at every role you had. Group these roles into categories. Formulate how these categories have common features – the skills, metrics and what you did to excel in them.

  • All your roles. List everything you can think of: student, office clerk, trivia ace, dancer, researcher, database navigator, event coordinator, customer service, library assistant, member of the American Library Association, presenter. Do not limit yourself – any combination of words is a role. A combination of personal, hobbies, volunteer work, school, professional performances – these are the experiences you have experienced, in which you have gained insight and experience. Then start composing the ‘Points’ category. If you want a great visual tool, you can create a Cloud words help!
  • What the roles required. This is where you start to see patterns. Once you have identified the categories that fit under specific roles in the first step (and yes, there may be overlap), perhaps your time as a library assistant involved research, events, customer service, database use, and so on.
  • Conference for details. With the example of the library assistant, focus on events. Let’s pretend the library had a book club, where you helped make it easy to set up, greet customers, and recommend books. Can you estimate how many of these meetings were? How many people participated on average? How long have these book club meetings been? Was it for adults, teens or everyone? Did you help coordinate the selection of the books?

See results

Think about how much you invest in one area as your library assistant (pretend). Then formulate it in your resume, for example, like this:

Assistant Event Managerlibrary

  • Coordinated 34 monthly book club meetings for teens;
  • A reserved meeting place in the library and organized furniture for entertaining guests;
  • There is interaction with guests to encourage discussion; Initiated process for genre recommendations;
  • Collaborated with the library staff to keep 25 copies of books available to Book Club guests; Supervised check-out and return of books on time.

Notice how concise it sounds, but loud!

It may be small or large, but everything you have done and are doing today helps to paint a picture of you for employers as a talented, experienced and possibly star employee. Or, in other words, a confident and experienced person who has more talent than any other candidate!

A quick jot from Gillian

The stock of skills I made opened my eyes. It was hard at first. I have always been taught that my resume should stick to my work experience. When I started – using a huge sheet of paper and lots of pens in different colors – I did not limit myself. Scott encouraged us to incorporate everything we identified with, did, enjoyed, etc.

The details appeared. I saw links I would never connect to. Ask myself how many times I have done something, how many responsibilities I have relied on, and most importantly, what I really appreciated and really excelled at. It gave me more than just a more powerful tool in my career kit.

The stock of skills Gave me confidence.

Career options

  • Assistant catalog catalog. Philological historic home and garden. Woodside, California Part-time, temporary. Submit on

  • Library Assistant (Digital Asset Management). Head spacing. Santa Monica, California Part-time, Remote. Apply through
    Headspace website

Mark your diary!

Cafecito with Michelle Morton hosted by REFORMA SJSU iSchool Student & Alumni Group

  • date: Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • time: 17:30 – 18:30 (Pacific time)
  • a place: To register
    To attend this zoom event

Connect Over Coffee A virtual networking event hosted by ALASC

  • date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • time: 18:00 – 19:00 (Pacific time)
  • a place: To register
    To attend this zoom event


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