Job Skills Often Matter More Than Your Formal Education

job skillsWhen applying for a job, hiring managers are going to look at your education to determine if you are qualified. But your degree and education are not the only important factors when considering your fit for the job. In fact, your job skills and experience are often far more important than your education.

In many ways, having the right set of job skills will be more beneficial than having the right degree.

So why are your job skills so important when applying for a job?

Job Skills Better Show Your Personality, Values, and Goals

Sure, your degree shows you are educated and a hard worker. It doesn’t, however, tell much about you as a person. Your degree can show you’re capable of completing the job tasks. It doesn’t, though, tell how well you will fulfill the other necessities of the position.

In order to be successful in a job, you need to have communication and time management skills. Teamwork and leadership skills are also important. After all, if you’re unable to work as a team, communicate with your coworkers, and properly manage your tasks, your education won’t matter.

A Degree May Get You the Job, But Job Skills Help You Advance

Your entry-level position is rarely the job you hope to be in until retirement. Having the right degree and the right education may land you the entry-level position. Without necessary job skills, however, you won’t move beyond into higher roles and responsibilities.

Want to continue to receive promotions and be handed bigger and better projects? Show you have the skills employers are looking for in long-term employees. Just as important, continue to develop your job skills even after you’ve been hired into your initial position.

Job Skills Show Experiences Education Can’t

As you enter the workforce, you already have years and years of experiences. You’ve also faced some challenges that do not relate to your degree. You’ve had part-time jobs and internships. You may even military experience. So you’ve developed skills, habits, and behaviors your degree cannot represent.

If you didn’t have a traditional education, consider applying using a different approach and a skills-based resume. By highlighting your skills instead of your education, you’re putting what you feel to be most important at the forefront.

Having a Degree is Important

When you go to get a degree, the field of your degree is becoming less and less important. As jobs become more fluid and majors become more specific, it isn’t always clear where a degree lines up. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

A degree tells a hiring manager you are serious about continuing your education.  It tells them you are able to follow a rigid course of classes and requirements to achieve a goal. Having a degree is typically a prerequisite for entering the workforce and getting a job. The actual focus of your degree, however, is becoming less and less important.

If you’re applying for your first “real” job, don’t stress too much about your degree. As long as you’ve received a quality education, your degree won’t be the most important factor.

Let your unique job skills land you the job of your dreams and fuel you through promotions and raises.


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