There are 2 general types of skills, which go by different names.

Both are equally important when it comes to getting and keeping a job.

1. Soft skills are also referred to as "professional skills" and "employability skills." 
These skills are needed in almost every single workplace.

Examples: Be on time, work well as part of a team, work independently, communicate effectively, think critically, etc.)

2. Hard skills are also referred to as "technical skills." 
Sometimes these skills are very specific to a profession or workplace, but not always.

Examples: Use excel or other computer programs, drive a car, file papers, muck a horse stall, etc.)

3. Transferrable skills are technical or professional skills that can be used in more than one environment.

Examples:  The ability to measure things is a hard skill, which can be used in a lot of different places and jobs (in a home or commercial kitchen, at a science lab, on a carpentry site, in a frameshop, etc.).  The ability to manage time is a soft skill, which can help you achieve your goals at home and in the workplace.

For more information about skills, click the links below.





Find out how your skills and the jobs you want match up.

MassCIS - A free (statewide) online career exploration and management tool

Sign in to and create a 'My Portfolio' account, so you can take assessments, save the results, and much more.

CareerOneStop - A free (national) online career exploration and job search tool

Rate your levels on 40 key workplace skills. We’ll show you careers that match your ratings.

Enter your previous job in mySkills myFuture to see types of careers your skills and experience will transfer to.