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Know your competencies and skills

If you want to introduce yourself to a potential employer in a job application or an interview, it is important to be aware how you want to describe your skills. You acquire skills from education and work, as well as from leisure activities, organizational work, voluntary work, military service and care of others.

Be aware of your competencies

In order to get a job, it is important that you know how to to describe your own competence. Think through the following:

Academic competence:

• What proffesional skills have I learned through my studies?

• What skills have I achieved that are transferable to many different types of jobs?

• In what areas have I grown as a person (professionally)?

• My professional strengths - what I master well

• What do I want to learn more about?

Job experience, volunteer work and leisure activities:

• What have been my previous work tasks?

• What responsibilities have I taken or been given to me ? 

• What have I learned?

You might have work experiences that do not seem relevant at first sight. However, you will achieve skills from every type of work than can be transferable to other jobs. For example teamwork, communication, time management, problem solving, leadership etc.

Personal characteristics

• How do I work with others and what role do I take in a team?

• What increases my motivation and my commitment? 

• How do I handle stress?

• What are my personal strengths?

Try to describe your skills in a way that makes sense to the potential employer. Emphasise the skills relevant to the job for which you are applying. Try our tool for mapping your competencies below.

Know your competencies

Mapping your skills might help you be aware of your actually know and how you want to describe it to an employer. 

My competencies and skills

Find more tips for job seekers

Courses 2020 grå


For autumn 2020, all our job search courses are held as webinars. Find information about course content and registration in the drop-down menu below.

Courses Autumn 2020

Are you ready to write a good CV that can make an employer interested? In this webinar, we share our best tips for design and content.

We suggest you start writing your CV before you attend the course, to increase the learning outcome and make it easier to ask relevant questions. You can find tips and examples on how to write a CV at https://www.ntnu.edu/career/write-a-cv.

The course is for students at NTNU, and discuss CVs fit for the Norwegian labour market.

The course will be held via Zoom and a link will be sent to you a day in advance of the course.


Course dates:

17th September at 10.15 - 11.15

27th October at 12.15 - 13.15

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Are you looking for a job in Norway?

Whether you are looking for a part-time job while studying or a full-time job after graduation, this webinar deals with how to find relevant jobs, as well as how to write CV and cover letter. We will also discuss different strategies on how to approach potential employers.

The course does not address topics like resident permits or other legal issues.

The webinar is in English and for NTNU students only.

We will announce upcoming webinars in August.


If you want to prepare for a job interview in Norway, join our webinar.

Here we discuss the context of a typical interview, common questions and share our best tips. We will also answer your questions.

We recommend that you check out our website before the webinar: https://www.ntnu.edu/career/tips-for-job-interviews

The course will be held via Zoom and a link will be sent to you a day in advance of the course.

The webinar is in English and for NTNU students only.


Course date: 

13th October at 13.15 - 14.15

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Know your competence

Map your competencies for your job application

Get to know your skills and consider how you want to describe them. 

My competencies and skills

Write a CV

Write a cover letter

Counselling for NTNU students

Career counselling

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For current students, applicants and recent NTNU graduates

Book free counselling for:

  • Feedback on CV and cover letter
  • How to describe your skills
  • Career advises 


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