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The Coey Communicator

Employability Skills List


Employability Skills 2000+ List by the Conference Board of Canada

           *use for reflection on your work/volunteer experiences


Fundamental Skills

The skills needed as a base for further development




You will be better prepared to progress in the world of work when you can:

Personal Management Skills

The personal skills, attitudes and behaviours that drive ones potential for growth


You will be able to offer yourself greater possibilities for achievement when you can:

Teamwork Skills

The skills and attributes needed to contribute productively




You will be better prepared to add value to the outcomes of a task, project or team when you can:


Demonstrate Positive Attitudes and Behaviours

Work with others

          Read and understand information presented in a variety of forms (e.g., words, graphs, charts, diagrams)

          Feel good about yourself and be confident

          Understand and work within the dynamics of a group

          Write and speak so others pay attention and understand

          Deal with people, problems and situations with honesty, integrity and personal ethics

          Ensure that a tea’s purpose and objectives are clear

          Listen and ask questions to understand and appreciate the points of views of others

          Recognize your own and other people’s good efforts

          Be flexible: respect, be open to and supportive of the thoughts, opinions and contributions of others in a group

          Share information using a range of information and communications technologies (e.g., voice, e-mail, computers)

          Take care of your personal health

          Recognize and respect people’s diversity, individual differences and perspectives

          Use relevant scientific, technological and mathematical knowledge and skills to explain or clarify ideas

          Show interest, initiative and effort

          Accept and provide feedback in a constructive and considerate manner

Manage Information

Be Responsible

          Contribute to a team by sharing information and expertise

          Locate, gather and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems

          Set goals and priorities balancing work and personal life

          Lead or support when appropriate, motivating a group for high performance

          Access, analyze and apply knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines (e.g., the arts, languages, science, technology, mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities)

          Plan and manage time, money, and other resources to achieve goals

          Understand the role of conflict in a group to reach solutions

Use Numbers

          Assess, weigh and manage risk

          Manage and resolve conflict when appropriate

          Decide what needs to be measured or calculated

          Be accountable for your actions and the actions of your group

Participate in Projects and Tasks

          Observe and record data using appropriate methods, tools and technology

          Be socially responsible and contribute to your community

          Plan, design or carry out a project or task from start to finish with well-defined objectives and outcomes

          Make estimates and verify calculations

Be Adaptable

          Develop a plan, seek feedback, test, revise and implement

Think and Solve Problems

          Work independently or as part of a team

          Work to agreed quality standards and specifications

          Assess situations and identify problems

          Carry out multiple tasks or projects

          Select and use appropriate tools and technology for a task or project

          Seek different points of view and evaluate them based on facts

          Be innovative and resourceful: identify and suggest alternative ways to achieve goals and get the job done

          Adapt to changing requirements and information

          Recognize the human, interpersonal, technical, scientific and mathematical dimensions of a problem

          Be open and respond constructively to change

          Continuously monitor the success of a project or task and identify ways to improve

          Identify the root cause of a problem

          Learn from your mistakes and accept feedback


          Be creative and innovative in exploring possible solutions

          Cope with uncertainty


          Readily use science, technology and mathematics as ways to think, gain and share knowledge, solve problems and make decisions

Learn Continuously


          Evaluate solutions to make recommendations or decisions

          Be willing to continuously learn


          Implement solutions

          Assess personal strengths and areas for development


          Check to see if solution works, and act on opportunities for improvement

          Set your own learning goals



          Identify and access learning sources and opportunities



          Plan for and achieve your learning goals



Work Safely



          Be aware of personal and group health and safety practices and procedures, and act in accordance with these