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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds So, when we talk about the differences between skills and strengths the terms are quite interchangeable and people do kind of think that one feeds into the other. But it is really important to remember that there is a significant difference between the two. Strengths are very much something inherent within yourself, such as you may be really enthusiastic or you may be a very patient person or you may be a very creative person. So, recognising those are your personal strengths is really important. Its also really important when you’re working with employers to know what your skillset is, where you excel in skill whether that’s leadership skills or communication skills, negotiation skills.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds You can develop those and you can work on those and you can work on improving those skills. So, when we talk about what employers are looking for they’re very much looking for you to be able to demonstrate your softer skillset and they’ll be looking at what stage you are with that and what you need to do to further enhance and develop that skillset.

Skills vs strengths

Skills and strengths are terms that have been used interchangeably, but as Sarah points out in the video, there is a distinction between the two.

The distinction is important to be aware of as employers will be looking for evidence of these both in the application process and the workplace.

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