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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How does that background and skill set bleed into your ability to write?, "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 There is no fancy equipment or new skill set required. Rachel King, Fortune, "Sustainable Cocktails Could Be the Next Big Trend in Bartending," 2 July 2018 Find someone who can help you understand how your background, competencies and skill set relate to roles within the organization. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, "Ask HR: I have to monitor email accounts of former exec. Some are sexually offensive. What do I do?," 26 June 2018 Also, considering Antetokounmpo's size and skill set, the Bucks may opt to go to him at the center position more under new coach Mike Budenholzer, which would mitigate the need for a traditional center. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee needs a physical presence inside, but this draft may not be the place to find it," 17 June 2018 The pick presents an opportunity for their aging roster to get more athletic, and Brown’s ability to move the ball and swiss-army-knife skill set on the wing would make a lot of sense., "NBA mock drafts 2018: Latest projections for Oregon's Troy Brown Jr.," 7 June 2018 This doesn’t have to mean figuring out your career, or skill sets, though these can be clues to these deeper layers. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes May 28-June 3," 25 May 2018 More: Michigan football's 2018 projected depth chart: Who'll start at QB? Hudson's frame and skill set made for an intriguing defensive line prospect. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's James Hudson settles in at DT, hopes to grow in 2018," 8 May 2018 Today, more than three decades later, the 49-year-old Goulian still blends that personal audacity and sublime skill set in the cockpit. Brion O’connor,, "He began flying at 15. Now he’s the daredevil above," 27 Apr. 2018

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1976, in the meaning defined above

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