What’s the difference between skills, behaviours and qualities?
To stand the best chance of being offered an apprenticeship or the job you want, you need to be comfortable talking about your skills and behaviours. But the list of words used to describe what employers are looking for in employees is as long as it is confusing!
Employability skills, transferable skills, life skills, behaviours, qualities, attributes, attitudes… These are just some of the phrases you might have seen in job ads or heard employers use at careers fairs. But what do they all mean? And how can you use them to communicate your own strengths?
Let’s start with some definitions…
What are behaviours?
Behaviours are sometimes also called qualities, attributes, attitudes, or personality traits. Whatever the word used, people are talking about the way you act or conduct yourself. Your personality plays a large part in how you behave, but you can learn or develop other qualities. Employers are looking for people who show positive behaviours, such as commitment, responsibility and willingness to learn.