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Skills List Formatting Options

You have a lot of choices for formatting technology skills lists. Below are several options covering the two major choices: presenting the skills list alone or combining the skills list with an assessment tool. Any list/assessment combination document needs to also include the following: staff member’s name, unit/branch, and comments/questions from the staff member.

Of course, there are many other options available to you -- my particular favorite is to offer the list outline-style, as a webpage...with each skill linked to a tutorial on how to do that particular task. You could also offer a rating scales from 1-5 on how good someone feels at a particular skill, asking if the person feels he/she knows the skill and offering yes, no, and maybe as the possible answers, and so on. The possibilities are as endless as you imagination. Just make sure that you offer this tool in the best possible way for your staff to develop their skills, and for managers to use the tool as a way to help during yearly staff evaluations. Remember--these lists aren't just for managers though; their primary purpose is as a way for staff to find out what it is that they don't know, and get the tools to know it in the future.


Present the Skills List Alone

1) Narrative paragraph

Word Processing Software
Word Processing software is key to completing tasks in many areas of the library. A rudimentary knowledge of how it functions is critical if staff are to be successful in creating their own text documents, as well as helping library customers with their documents. Staff must have a working knowledge of the word processing software on their computers (e.g. Microsoft Word), which includes knowing how to create, format, save, open, and print a document; change font style and size, cut and paste, and copy and paste; save as different file types; utilize templates; format a document using bold, italicize, underline, and center text; understand print preview; use Spell Check; and use Help.


2) Outline with one-line short descriptions

Software
  • Word Processing
  • Create, format, save, open, and print a document
  • Change font style and size,
  • Cut and paste, Copy and paste
  • Save as different file types
  • Utilize templates
  • Format a document using bold, italicize, underline, and center text
  • Understand print preview
  • Use Spell Check
  • Use Help


3) Competencies list along with definitions, skills and behaviors, and associated training units
Skill Definition Sample Skills and Behaviors Possible Training Units
Word Processing skills The ability to use a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word. · Create, format, save, print and open a document
· Change font and font size
· Cut and paste and Copy and paste
· Save as different file types
· Utilize templates
· Format a document using bold, italicize, underline and center text
· Understand print preview
· Use Spell Check
· Use Help
Microsoft Word Basic
Microsoft Word Advanced
Desktop Publishing with Microsoft Word



Present the Skills List with the Assessment Tool

4) Grid with checkboxes for meeting basic or advanced level of each skill
Skill Basic Advanced
Create, format, save, open, and print a document X X
Change font style and size X
Cut and paste, Copy and paste X
Save as different file types X X
Utilize templates X X
Format a document using bold, italicize, underline, and center text X
Understand print preview X
Use Spell Check X X
Use Help X X



5) Grid with checkboxes for applicability to job, meeting skill requirement, and area for comments
Skill Applies to Job Meets Comments
Create, format, save, open, and print a document X X
Change font style and size X X
Cut and paste, Copy and paste X X
Save as different file types X Can’t identify where to change file type
Utilize templates -- --
Format a document using bold, italicize, underline, and center text X X
Understand print preview X X
Use Spell Check X Does not understand how to work through Spell Check menus
Use Help X X


6) Grid with checkboxes for “yes” or “no” for each skill

Using Word Processing Program, this employee can:
Yes No
x
Create, format, save, open, and print a document
x
Change font style and size
x
Cut and paste, Copy and paste
x
Save as different file types
x
Utilize templates

x Format a document using bold, italicize, underline, and center text
x
Understand print preview
x
Use Spell Check

x Use Help



7) Grid with outline level, skill number on checklist, checkboxes for meeting skill requirement or N/A (not applicable)
A. Check? N/A Operating System Knowledge
1. x Create, format, save, open, and print a document
2. x Change font style and size
3.
x Cut and paste, Copy and paste
4. x Save as different file types
5. x Utilize templates
6. x Format a document using bold, italicize, underline, and center text
7. x Understand print preview
8. x Use Spell Check
9. x Use Help


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