Hi everyone welcome back. So remember the story I told you, about the man I overheard on the train, on my way to New York? Lets keep that story in mind, as we talk about our topic for this lesson. Which is critical tasks. So, we're going to cover what critical tasks are and why it's important for you to understand this term. As you move forward to your job or your job search. So, critical tasks are kind of what you'd imagine. They are key, they're an essential activity and they're necessary to perform a particular job. They also might be used in assessment, so evaluators might use them to assess the skills of a job applicant. You should also know what they are in association with the specific positions for which you might wish to apply. And that they may or may not be spelled out in the job description and requirements. Job descriptions can't detail every single thing you might be asked to do. So within those generalities, are often some embedded presumptions about critical tasks, so just be mindful of that. And then, using written communication as our general example. Remember we're going back and forth with that, here are some specific examples of critical tasks. So for example, you might be asked to prepare a memo, which is completely distinctive from an email communication, by the way. You might be asked, depending on your field, to write technical reports. And those might be specific to your particular industry or a particular profession. And then lastly, you might be asked to prepare a memo and again, that's also distinctive from general email communications. So, let's discuss some examples and these are just a few examples of the many out there. And the sort of references where you can find lists of critical tasks. So, if you, for example, looked up the US Office of Personnel and Management online. You'll find the assessment and selection section, where you'll be able to see critical tasks and competencies for many positions. Again, it's not exhaustive, just a reference point. And then two, some professional organizations might also list competencies or expected clusters of knowledge skills and abilities. And, let's take a very different example than we've been talking about thus far. This is for a welding job. So on the Government of Canada website, in their literacy and essential skills section. You'll find many examples of critical tasks and essential skills necessary for this job description. Such as, accurately reading welding symbols and maintaining an accurate log of those symbols. So, it's sort of interesting to think about how these things translate across different professions. And also, lastly, professional bodies that might not get into the weeds of specific critical task. So, you would have to consult and more local job description or an agency for more information. So, what have we learned? Critical tasks, we've reviewed what they are, from the perspective. Remember always, from the perspective of an employer or human resources. We've also thought about, why you as a job seeker. Need to understand that they're an important part of what an employer might seek. And that they might not be very obvious, in terms of where they are on a job description. So, we've also covered where you can research common tasks that are critical to a position you might seek. Next, we'll look at standards and benchmarks. See you soon.