Do you feel like you are all over the place with your job search? You look at a job posting and say to yourself “I can do that”, then you look at another job posting and say the same thing. You can do it all because you have a diverse skill set. Being good at something doesn’t always mean that you enjoy it.
Have you asked yourself what skills you really enjoy using? What happens if you land a job and you are utilizing skills you’re good at, but skills you don’t really enjoy using? You may not stay in that job very long until you are seeking a more satisfying job.
When searching for a job, it’s important to have a solid focus on the job you want. A good first step in gaining more focus is identifying the skills you enjoy using. The following list can help narrow your focus and identify those skills you enjoy using:
Your job will always require you to utilize skills you don’t enjoy using, but if the majority of your time at work is spent using skills you enjoy, your job will be more satisfying.
One of the best things you can do for yourself professionally is stay abreast of the latest techniques in your field and hone your skills. The playing field in every industry is competitive. In order to stay in high demand and be respected by your peers, being ‘in the know’ can set you apart from those who become complacent and continue doing the same old thing the same old way.
This year I had the opportunity to attend a Franklin-Covey workshop on Presentation Skills. In my profession I give presentations a few times a month and I am always reading the latest techniques of how to keep my audience engaged. While I consider myself a good presenter, I walked away from the Franklin-Covey workshop with more tools in my professional toolbox. And, the workshop presenter was phenomenal, but I already knew that because she is a friend and mentor who I respect…she’s also fun to be around and the time flew in her workshop because she is dynamic and engaging.
Whether you are seeking a new job or in a current job, honing your skills and being in the know in your industry will set you apart. When was the last time you learned a new skill that is used in your industry? I suggest the following:
Do you give presentations as part of your job? If you are a new presenter or a seasoned presenter, I suggest adding this book to your professional toolbox: ‘Boring to Bravo – Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience To Action’ by: Kristin Arnold