skill set


Definition of skill set

: a set of skills especially : a collection of skills and abilities that can be applied to a professional or creative endeavor She chooses to pursue a position in public relations—"journalism's evil twin"—reasoning that it will require much the same "skill set" that a published writer has. — Alexandra Jacobs Cauchetier's skill set—he was both a high-wire documentarian and, in effect, a director of fictions—uniquely qualified him to share in the multifarious spirit of the New Wave. — Richard Brody

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More Essays The same holds true for your skill set. Elizabeth Emens, WSJ, "The Stickiness of ‘Life Admin’," 30 Dec. 2018 His maturity and his skill set at that age is very rare. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Out to fast start, Ice Bears boys hockey program led by Germantown freshman Andrew Butler," 18 Jan. 2018 That’s an unusual skill set, at least in this sector. Ellevate,, "How cold calling could actually work when you're networking," 12 July 2018 Central to that is Turbin’s unique skill set on this team. Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star, "Colts observations: Robert Turbin looking like a key part of backfield," 14 June 2018 One major problem: Manual labor will still be the biggest skill set in many countries’ labor force, even though automation is predicted to replace a large portion of those jobs in the next two decades. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Rapid advances in automation mean a lot of workers won’t have the right skills," 23 May 2018 Jackson would also be a skill set match with 2018 starter Tyrod Taylor, another speedy dual-threat QB who can run and make plays on the move. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Lamar Jackson visiting the Cleveland Browns today," 13 Apr. 2018 Being able to think calmly and critically about how to approach a situation (even when things are overwhelmingly busy or going wrong) is a skill set highly valued by just about every employer, no matter what industry. Kate Lopaze, USA TODAY, "Careers: These skills are vital for administrative assistants," 26 Mar. 2018 But that basic approach to getting information and trying to assess credibility and what type of corroboration there might be, that skill set is equally applicable. Fox News, "High school friend of Kavanaugh reacts to new allegation; Alan Dershowitz on Kavanaugh chaos," 28 Sep. 2018

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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