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Want to recession-proof your career? Of course you do! You want to be successful. You want to feel some sense of security in your career. You have probably even imagined what it would be like to make it to the top of your career and build a successful career and life. You’re not alone. I’ve dreamt of the same things. What I have discovered over the years is that in order to increase our chances of making our career and life dreams a reality, there are some essential skills we need to develop, practice and master. Are you ready to dig in?
The core set of skills that I am going to share with you are known as transferable skills. These skills are always on the radar of employers no matter what the position is. Developing these essential skills will keep you in demand, put you ahead of the pack and make you very attractive to recruiters. So let’s take a look at 4 essential transferable skills that we all should consciously develop so that we can recession-proof our careers.
Skill One: Communication
Communication is not just about talking. It involves effective listening and writing abilities as well. One of the best things I did for myself was taking the time to discover my communication style and learning about other styles so that I could foster mutual understanding and collaboration with those I work with. It allows me to work well with anyone, advocate for my needs and explain difficult concepts in an easy-to-understand manner (its the trainer in me). Being a great communicator requires you to be observant, slow to speak and quick to listen. It also means being clear and concise in your written communications as well. Employers highly value your ability to write well so be sure to sharpen your communication skills in all three areas!
Skill Two: Team Work
As the saying goes, “There’s no “I” in team”. Employers value employees who are team players. This skill isn’t easy to teach, so if you proactively develop this skill and come ready to work well with others, you’ll find that many organizations will view you as an indispensable, a valuable asset and an effective contributor to the organization’s overall goals and objectives. All of these attributes leads to you recession-proofing your career!
Skill Three: Interpersonal Skills
These are your people skills and are often driven by how effective you are in communication and teamwork. Interpersonal skills also includes your ability to regulate your emotions and pick up on others, your social competence and your influence on others. All in all, you want to be someone that others enjoy being around. The good news is, this is a skill that can be developed!
Skill Four: Leadership Skills
Employers are attracted to candidates who can prove that they have initiative and the potential to be a leader. Aspects of leadership skills include delegation, taking responsibility, motivating others and the ability to build rapport with other employees, especially the ones that you directly work with. Don’t confuse leadership for a title. You don’t have to be in a managerial or executive position to have leadership skills. Employers think long-term, so they will look at your potential as your ability to stay longer with the organization and rise up through the ranks and eventually transition into a higher, supervisory position.
There are are other skills to consider as well such as problem-solving, time management, technical skills, personal motivation and the ability to adapt to change. I suggest mastering these top 4 first and grow from there! Share your thoughts in the comments!