If you would prefer to build your own custom skill assessment template, consider including fields to document clients’ experiences in these categories:
Often the first field on a job application form or résumé, the client should provide a timeline of their education, starting with high school. If the client did not complete high school, encourage them to recollect and record any training sessions they had to complete outside the classroom or throughout their work history. Also consider listing any certificates the client has obtained either in an academic environment or as part of on-the-job training.
A candidate’s work history is arguably more important to employers than their education. Many employers are willing to train applicants and apprentices with a demonstrated background or interest in the field — especially within the trades. Even if the client has never worked in the field they are hoping to enter, a professional record of consistent attendance, growth, improvement, or adaptability will always translate.
Technical skills are the tangible skill sets gained and used in past jobs, such as cooking, carpentry, small engine repair, or childcare. These skills can be developed in schools or in on-the-job training, but they are usually specialized to a particular industry or role. These technical skills will often make up the “Requirements” descriptions on job ads, so pay special attention to those skills the applicant hopes to continue to develop in their next role.
Soft skills are slightly more difficult to declare and prove to prospective employers in writing, but they can make all the difference between an employee surviving or thriving in a particular role. These can include things like communication skills, flexibility, motivation to succeed, or leadership. Soft skills will often have a huge impact on employee performance reviews after an applicant is hired.
In 2023, it’s difficult to think of a job that doesn’t utilize technology. Technology in this sense doesn’t necessarily mean using computers and code, but any machinery or software that is useful for completing tasks quickly and well. Using anything from a phone, to a point-of-sale system, to a cement mixer, to a motor vehicle can become an asset to job-seekers if they can transfer that knowledge to their new team.
Interests & Goals
Often left out of résumés and job applications, and saved for job interviews, questions about interests and goals are a wonderful indicator of how successful a candidate might be in a certain role. Employees unhappy in their role or industry are less likely to stick around, and will take their valuable knowledge and experience with them when they go. Spend time getting to know your client’s dreams and ambitions so they can feel excited about their future and where their next role could eventually lead.