SOAN Skills

Here are some idea to help you start brainstorming. Personalize them to reflect your own experiences, giving specific examples that show your ability to meet the needs of a certain position or program.


  • Communicating in a globalized world
  • Recognizing varied perspectives
  • Avoiding preconceptions
  • Providing a global perspective
  • Seeing the "big picture"

Knowledge Base

  • Understanding group behavior and dynamics
  • Understanding societal trends and influences
  • Understanding human migrations
  • Understanding ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins
  • Understanding community resources
  • Understanding connections between past and present


  • Formulating appropriate research questions
  • Interviewing
  • Surveying
  • Selecting research methods
  • Sampling, gathering and organizing data
  • Synthesizing and analyzing data
  • Using statistical software packages
  • Recognizing trends and patterns
  • Careful record-keeping


  • Formulating clear and persuasive messages
  • Writing well
  • Developing organized oral presentations
  • Creating informative visual aids
  • Using both descriptive and statistical data to support an idea.
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding
  • Writing grant proposals

 People skills

  • Understanding race, class, and gender differences
  • Working well with diverse groups
  • Providing strong leadership
  • Working well in teams
  • Demonstrating social ease in strange situations
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Planning projects
  • Conducting field studies
  • Managing conflicts
  • Understanding and improving human relationships