How to Ace Your Skillist Application

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Skillist is a fairer and more effective way to apply to jobs. We created Skillist because the resume just isn’t working for most people anymore - it’s focused on where you’ve been, not everything that you can do. With Skillist, you apply by sharing examples that show how you have each skill required for the job (here’s an example of a finished application). We have found that applicants who follow the tips below have a greater chance of being selected for an interview:

1. Take your time. Don’t rush through your application – when you do, you’re more likely to make simple, easily avoidable mistakes. The Skillist team is always happy to review your application before you apply so that you can feel confident that it is the best it can be (contact us here for help).

2. The employer will read exactly what you write. Be sure to write in full sentences and check your grammar and spelling before submitting.

3. Use detailed and specific examples of how you have developed and demonstrated each skill. The more detail you can provide, the better - if you can include numbers or metrics, that always helps. Aim to share examples of your own personal accomplishments. These examples can come from your professional, educational, volunteer or personal experiences - simply share examples of whatever you think mostly clearly and effectively shows that you possess each skill that the employer is looking for.

Take a look at these “before and after” examples:

  • Effective verbal communication

    • Before: I regularly answered phone calls when I worked at FitnessCenter.

    • After: I served dozens of customers everyday by explaining complex wellness plans with detail and patience. In these conversations I identified cross-selling opportunities by building customer rapport and asking questions about their needs.

  • Teamwork
    •  Before: Managed shifts which included multiple team members.
    • After: As Shift Manager, I worked with a team of 4 to develop an approach which would provide the best and most efficient coverage. I advocated for the approach, worked with them to execute it, and celebrated them for a job well done.  
  • Microsoft Office
    • Before: Presentations, emailing, writing essays.
    • After: I use Microsoft Office to successfully complete emails, presentations, reports, mailings, rosters and more. I have created shortcuts in Office that allow me to work more quickly without sacrificing quality.

4. After completing the Skills section, you will move on to the “Statement of Interest.” In this section, we encourage you to express your interest for the role as specifically as possible. It is best to speak to how your specific skillset and passions will make you a valuable hire for the specific role you are applying to.

5. After the Statement of Interest, your last step will be entering your work and education history. You can enter up to four work experiences - this can include internships, volunteering, and anything else that is relevant to your professional experience. Be sure to choose your four most relevant experiences – not just your most recent.

6. You will have the opportunity to review your application in full before you submit. Be sure to check for any grammatical or spelling errors or opportunities where you can be more detailed. To see the final product of what we send the employer after you’ve submitted, review this example.

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Caroline Fay