Essential Skills
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Continuous Learning means you will be able to adapt to ongoing changes at work.

The Nine Essential Skills:  Reading text

Scanning and understanding

Reading Text is the ability to read and understand written information in many different types of workplace documents, e.g., work instructions, emails, memos, health & safety manuals, policies and reports.

We use this skill to scan for information, skim for overall meaning, evaluate what we read and integrate information from multiple sources.

For example: Jobs in community advocacy, such as social workers, use reading skills. A social worker may read clinical assessments and medical reports to learn about clients' medical diagnoses, psychiatric conditions and behavioural problems.

How we use this skill
  • scanning for information
  • skimming for overall meaning
  • critiquing or evaluating what’s read
  • integrating information from multiple sources
Watch this video to learn more.

Reading includes:

  • forms and labels if they contain at least one paragraph
  • print and non-print media (for example, text on computer screens and microfiche)
  • paragraph-length text in charts, tables and graphs

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