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Economics and Business: Resume skills

Wanted Skillset

Department of Labor’s job profiles identifying skills sought by employers for employees

 Basic Skills - Developed capacities that facilitate learning or the more rapid acquisition of knowledge

— Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
— Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
— Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
— Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
— Using mathematics to solve problems.
— Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
— Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
— Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
— Talking to others to convey information effectively.
— Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Informationa Literate Person

An information literate individual is able to:

  1. Determine the extent of information needed
  2. Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically
  4. Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  5. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  6. Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

By writing a thesis you have demonstrated your ability to perform these activities.

Resume skills

Develop a thesis statement and formulate questions based on line of inquiry.
Recognize and incorporate new information.
Use new information to make decisions and solve problems.
Can construct information with raw data from primary sources
Active Listening Recognize and define the need for information.
Identify critical concepts and terms that describe the information need.
Critical Thinking

Use logic and reasoning to evaluate ideas and information.
Construct hypotheses, test theories and draw conclusions.
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives.
Compare new knowledge to prior and synthesize ideas.
Examines and compares information from various sources in order to evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view .

Defines or modifies the information need to achieve a manageable focus
Deciding the appropriate method for accessing and evaluating information.
Identifies the value and differences of potential resources in a variety of formats (e.g., multimedia, database, website, data set, audio/visual, book)

Assessing performance to make improvements or corrections.
Determines whether information satisfies the research needed.
Refining search strategies by identifying information gaps
Searching appropriate databases and multiple sources.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Effectively communicating information to others via a variety of methods such as graphing, charting, and slides in presentations.
Understand how to organize content, how to use quotes and paraphrasing to support a presentation, and how to present ideas clearly along with manipulating data and incorporate images.

Using information to develop and implement solutions through several steps:
  1. Identifying the problems by reviewing information and determining its relevance.
  2. Evaluate options.
  3. Assess the quality, quantity and relevance of information to determine if alternative methods or systems should be used.

Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Judgment Determine the extent of information needed and the availability of the resources needed.
Considering the costs and benefits of acquiring information and making a plan how best to acquire it.
Defines a realistic overall plan and timeline to acquire the needed information