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Portfolio: Skills Inventory

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What is a Skills Inventory?

Everything you learn and every skill you have is part of your personal tool kit. You carry these "tools" with you as you move through school and into the job market. When you develop a skill or gain experience in one place and put what you've learned to use someplace else, you're using transferable skills. A skills inventory is a list of your skills (Government of Canada, 2013, para. 2).

Skills Inventory Examples

The following template is just one example of how to present a skills inventory. The first column outlines your skills; the second and third columns show where and how you acquired them; the last column contains the proof or evidence of your learning such as letters, photos, etc.

Skills Inventory


Where was Skill Acquired?

What Were You Doing?


  • Locate answers, gather information
  • Accept responsibility
  • Keep accurate records
  • Listen carefully
  • Use library software
  • Troubleshoot simple computer hardware problems
XX Public Library Circulation clerk
  • Letter from Employer
  • Certificates of completed training
  • Photos of workshop participation
  • Teach others and give clear instructions
  • Plan activities and put them into action
  • Motivate people
  • Be patient and understanding
Sunshine Camp Camp activity coordinator
  • Letter from Employer
  • Photos of camp activities
  • Cards and notes from camp attendees
  • Follow instructions
  • Be helpful and courteous
  • Operate a computerized cash register
  • Take inventory
Walmart Cashier
  • Letter from Employer
  • Employee of the Month Certificate
  • Generate creative solutions to problems
  • Work well with my hands
  • Use a variety of hand tools
  • Work well with others
Nate's Bike Repair Shop Simple bike repairs
  • Letter from Employer
  • Video of me repairing a bike
  • Conflict resolution
  • Good communication skills
XX Bar & Grill Bouncer
  • Letter from Employer