Core Competencies (Word For The Week)
Core competencies are a combination of observable and measurable knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal attributes that gives a person advantage in performance and contributes to success in tasks and assignments.
Although similar to skills, core competencies are actually more of behaviors.
Like DNA, core competencies are unique to everyone. We develop and adapt them differently.
Even when we possess similar traits, how we apply them will still be different.
These are the attributes and behaviors that will determine how people perceive you, and in the long term, how successful you’ll be.
From how you relate to others, to your response to change, your ability to thrive in adversity, and your influence on others.
While skills can be taught, core competencies are more innate, although they can be improved upon.
You can improve on how you communicate, relate with others, learn, think, and react. Although they will all be affected by prior experiences, but you can make yourself better in each of them.
You should find out what your core competencies are and include them in your CV. They are an essential part of your unique selling point.
From conflict resolution, to creative ideation, preemptive problem solving, and preventation. Others are opportunity and threat recognition, these are abilities that would make you stand out from the crowd.
You know things that come to you easy, yet others struggle with them, how do you maximize them? What benefits do they present to your clients and employers?
Your qualifications and skills may get you in the door, but your core competencies will earn you a seat at the table.