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Valuable Job Skills for Right Now

August 23, 2017

 

 

 

Wouldn’t you love to know what employers value most in their current and prospective employees? Kristen Bahler does just that in her article “14 CEOs on the Most Valuable Job Skill Right Now”. Everyone has “helpful” advice but unless you hear it from a proven source, it’s difficult to gauge the credibility of it. She interviewed 14 CEOs from all different sectors who revealed what they felt was the most valuable skill an employee should have for right now.

The article is divided into three sections-

The Approach-This subject explores the various ways the employee deals with his work, which includes the work ethic and code of behavior. Responses by the CEOs range from resilience and willpower to curiosity and self-directed learning. All these qualities reflect the manner in which an employee handles the everyday and the not-so-everyday (the occasional) work load.
The Hard Skills-Included in this area is everything from sales and accounting to the technical side-data science and engineering. Communication and marketing, as well as identifying the next area of growth are important to a company’s outlook and if you possess these, you can go far in your field.
The Intangibles-Another topic covered was the ability to identify and maximize your strengths. How you manage stress and every day challenges are reflective of your personality and may play a role in the advancement of your career. Adapting to change and the ability to be prepared for the inevitable change are necessary skills for any prospective employee.
For more information and to read the complete article, please click on the following link:

http://time.com/money/4881347/ceos-best-career-skills/

 

Job Strategy – Are You Off Message and Off Target?

August 14, 2017

Today’s career world is a buyers’ market, and employers can afford to be picky with who they interview and how they fill positions. Conducting your career search “off target” and “off message” can cost you valuable time during your earning years and sometimes lead to frustration in your career search. A recent article at Forbes.com offers some suggestions to keep you on target and on message. Here’s a sample of the advice:

  • Target your intended audience – Be active in how you focus your search: don’t send resumes to every potential employer; send resumes to the employers that make sense for your goals and skill set.
  • Determine why you stand out – What specific skills or abilities can you offer to an employer that other applicants can’t? What differentiates your resume and interview from all the others? Can you fill a niche? What part of your work history might scare off potential employers and how can you manage these potential negatives?
  • Draw in your audience – Prime conversations by posing questions that are answered by your skill set and tell employers why your hiring is essential to success.
  • Show your personality – You aren’t just a list of bullet points and employment history, so let employers see that!  Give your resume life and explain how your experiences and skills fit with their goals.

Planning a career search begins with knowing what you offer and how you can fit with a potential employer. Stand out from the crowd by honing your message and focusing on the opportunities that make sense for you.