Decode the Job

Matching your skills to the employer’s needs

  • How do your past experiences and skills connect to what the employer needs?
  • You may encounter employers looking for skills you feel you do not have.  
  • Try to think critically about what you have done in your past roles and be creative.  
  • Connections often exist, even though we don’t see them at first.  


They Want

(List key skills and experiences the employer stated)

I Have

(Skills, experiences, training or other qualifications)

Example: Organization skills

Organized scheduling and logistics for groups of 10 youths ages 7-10 in weekly outdoor activities including coordinating transportation and collecting payment and waiver forms


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