Week 5

CAPS Career Development III Capstone

In this week, we are connecting the applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information skills to both the pre-hiring testing you may encounter and your career.

People in all sectors of the workplace increasingly depend on sophisticated equipment and detailed procedures. The three skills we are focusing on support the many different tasks workers accomplish every day. Applied mathematics may be required to solve a problem at work, such as determining how to budget for a work event involving 30 guests and a meal budget of $500. You might employ locating information skills by studying a company's sales growth chart to look for patterns that can help you improve distribution goals. Reading for information skills can help you efficiently evaluate work emails and reports, ensuring that you focus on the most important information for doing your job.

Increasingly, companies are testing potential hires to see if they have mastered these skills. It's not enough to know the skills and tools of your profession; you also need to have these basic work competencies so that you can apply the skills and tools of your profession to best effect. Human Resources research into pre-hiring testing suggests that the standard hiring approach of résumé review, interview, and then test is not as appropriate in a job market with so many candidates and so much technology. Some companies are moving towards requiring a test before you ever get to submit your résumé, never mind think about what you'll wear to the interview (Bateson, 2013).

In addition to having these skills, achieving a certification in your industry can provide you with an advantage during a job search or when you have a job and are looking to grow in your career. Although companies use testing as a tool to screen out candidates for jobs, sitting for a certification can be beneficial to you in your career