1. Identify Competencies:
    • Analyze past experiences (education, work, volunteer, sports, clubs, etc.)
    • Assess your competencies by filling out a Skills Inventory. If you would like a copy of the Inventory, please contact our office.

  1. Articulate Competencies:
    • Write accomplishment statements (SAR statements) to articulate your competencies
      • Note: SAR Statements typically include a Situation, Action Verb and Result.
      • Example SAR statements
        • Communication: Objectively interviewed subject matter experts over Zoom, which in resulted in collecting relevant primary data for group research project on the building of the Rideau Canal.
        • Research and Analysis: Thoroughly reviewed account ledgers and balances as Treasurer of Carleton University Relay for Life committee, ensuring accurate financial records
        • Innovation and Collaboration: Successfully collaborated with 15 classmates and faculty to organize and plan “Sustainability Week,” to educate the wider student population on ways to improve sustainability on campus

  1. Update Resume
    • Add your competencies and SAR Statements to your resume or CV. Ensure that you are tailoring your resume or CV to the job position, graduate school, or academic position.

  1. Apply to Jobs or Graduate Schools
    • Refer to your skills and competencies during interviews or personal statements documents

  1. Develop New Competencies
    • Through continued education, employment, and volunteer experience, you will develop your competencies.