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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

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For spring 2021, all our job search courses are held as webinars. Find information about course content and registration in the drop-down menu below.

Courses Spring 2021

Are you ready to write a good CV? Are you wondering how you can make an employer interested in you already in the CV? In this course, we share our best tips on how to write a good CV.

We suggest you start writing on your CV before you attend the course. Some preparation often increases the learning outcome and makes it easier to ask relevant questions. You can find advise and other resources on how to write a CV on the following web page https://www.ntnu.edu/career/write-a-cv

This course is for those who want to get some new input on design and content.

The course is for students and discuss CVs in the Norwegian context.

The course will be held via Zoom/Blackboard and a link will be sent to you on the day of the webinar. 

Course dates:

18th February at 10.15 - 11.15

16th March at 12.15 - 13.15

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Are you an international student looking for a job in Norway and need some advise on where to find relevant jobs and how to go about doing this? It could either be a part time job or a job after finishing your degree here at NTNU. In this course we present advise on were to find jobs and discuss different strategies on how to approach possible employers.

The webinar does not address topics like work and resident permits or other legal issues. Also, if you are looking for tips on how to write a good cover letter and CV, we have separate webinars for that.

The webinar is in English and for NTNU students only.

Course date:

2nd February at 12.15- 13.00

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​Have you been invited to a job interview in Norway? Are you wondering about how it works, what kind of questions are common, and how to prepare? Join our webinar.

In this course, we share our best tips on how to prepare for the interview and what to think about during the interview. We will also answer your questions.

The course is for students and we discuss the job interview in the Norwegian context.  


We recommend that you check out our website before the webinar:



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: 

19th February at 12.15 - 13.00

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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

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  • Feedback on CV / cover letter
  • Choosing a career path
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