Presentation #1: Identifying and Illustrating my Skills
There is a valuable lesson to be learned from those who have conducted successful job searches: it is extremely important to define who you are as you embark on your job search AND to be able to illustrate who you are through short stories from your professional and personal life that demonstrate the unique strengths you bring to a role.
Objective: Develop a 3-4 minute recorded presentation in which you (1) define who you are now, using Sidney Fines Three Kinds of Skills, (2) illustrate your skills with a story from your life as directed below and (3) set a goal as to how you will demonstrate/apply your skills in your current internship. You will use PowerPoint or a similar tool to create your presentation.
Recording Directions: record your completed presentation and upload it into the dropbox for Presentation #1 in D2L.
Your recording options are:
- Panopto: This option is housed in your D2L course shell and is a video-sharing platform supported by NLU. Detailed directions for recording and sharing with Panopto can be found
- PowerPoint dictation: Using this option, you would record a voice-over of your PowerPoint slides and share them with your instructor. Directions for this option can be found
- Zoom: you may use zoom to record your presentation, walking your audience through shared slides. You would use the record function in zoom and then save your completed recording and share it with your instructor in D2L. Directions for using zoom to record a presentation can be found . This option does require that you sign up for a temporary free zoom account or that you have your own account.
Presentation Content Directions: In your presentation, make sure to:
1. Define your skills. (3 Slides-one for each skill type)
a. Using Sidney Fines Three Kinds of Skills (linked ), identify one Transferable/Functional skill (what you can do), one personal trait/attitude (how you conduct yourself), and one knowledge-based skill (what you know) that best define the strengths you bring to your internship at this moment. (You are encouraged to identify one of these skills from your Strengthsfinder survey.)
2. Determine how your passions, values, and interests connect to the skills you have identified. (1 slide)
- As you think about what you can do, how you behave, and what you know, its also important to think about what you care about and what you love. Reflect on the connection and share your learnings in this slide.
3. Illustrate with a story. (1 slide)
- Select an event from your recent past where you have demonstrated
your identified skills. You might revisit the SOAR format to tell your story, revisited . You could also consider the storytelling suggestions offered by Katherine Hanson in your assigned readings, found (Your story must contain: what you wanted to accomplish, a hurdle or obstacles you encountered, a description of what you did, a description of the result that is measurable.) If you absolutely need to tell more than one story, you can. The goal here is to show your audience how you have demonstrated the skills you have identified.
4. Determine Next Steps. (1 slide)
- Now that you have identified three current skills, identify ways that you might demonstrate (or more effectively demonstrate) these skills in your current internship, job, or extracurricular activity.
Required Readings for Presentation:
- Skillscan (2012) The Three Types of Skills Classification
- Hansan, K. Use Stories to Prove Your Skills. LiveCareer.
- Rivera, R. (2015, February 15). Have S.O.A.R or S.T.A.R Statements Prepared for Your Next Interview. LinkedIn.
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