Develop skills for success

Develop skills for success

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Take the time to develop skills for success.  As you expand your skill set and capabilities to be successful on the job, you will find that your preparation opens the doors to new job opportunities.  Create an ongoing professional development plan so that you are always finding ways to use develop and use new skills.

Some common skills that you will need to be successful include:

  • Good communication capabilities,
  • Critical thinking and problem solving,
  • The ability to analyze information,
  • The ability to get the job done,
  • The ability to set priorities and manage time,
  • Technical capabilities to use computers, software, and company specific programs,
  • The ability to continue to learn new things on the job,
  • Dependability,
  • Adaptability,
  • The ability to work with others on a team, committee, or project, and
  • Commitment to success.

Articles on Skills for Success

Take a look at some of these articles that can help you find success on the job.

As you adopt and implement skills for success you will find that you quickly rise to be successful in what you do. It is often the small things that make a difference over time.  A few minutes a day can pay big dividends in helping you find success on the job.  Commit to  do what it takes to find the job success that you desire.  Committee to ongoing skill development and success will come your way.

Look at hidden job markets

 Look at hidden job markets


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Look at hidden job markets.  These are the jobs that don’t get advertised so it takes some digging to find them.  These are the jobs where someone is hired before word is out the company is hiring. You have to make connections to find out about these jobs,  These are desirable jobs, but because they aren’t advertised it takes a bit more digging to find out about them.

There are a variety of ways to do this.  You can talk to people who work in the organization you are interested in order to make contacts.  Make sure you  join social groups so you can get to know people.  Look for ways to network through your acquaintances. Volunteer in the community in order to get acquainted with people. Find ways to attend conferences while your employer pays for it.  Ask if you can participate in a professional organization so you can meet new people.   Be sure to join online discussion groups.  Consider whether you can join a private clubs.  Be strategic and find ways to connect with others in your target marketplace.  This will help you find out about those hidden jobs.

When you do find out about these jobs, you will have an advantage since fewer people will know about the job and be applying to do it. This give you a real advantage right from the start.

Hidden Job Market Articles

As you take the time to look at hidden job markets, you will find that there are many jobs out there if you do a little “digging” to find out about them.  The digging will be worth of the “gold” as you find a job you like and want to keep doing for years to come. So waht are you waiting for – find that hidden job market!



Create a career plan

Create a career plan

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Create a career plan in order to achieve your career goals.  First, you must identify what it is you like and want to do.  Next, you must outline the steps to reach your goal.  Finally, you must take action to prepare for your desired job.  As you work through each step of your career plan you will move closing to meeting your desired goal.

Identify what you would like to do

Evaluate your own skills, interests, and desires in light of the job market and job needs to determine what you would like to do that will be in demand as a job and allow you to earn the salary you desire.  Consider jobs that will pay you will, give you the life style you desire, and best use your talents and abilities on the job.

Some individuals like to conduct this kind of self-evaluation annually to see how things have changed, to modify what they want to do, and to stay focused on their career plan.  Take the time for self-evaluation as part of creating a good career plan.

Outline the steps to reach your goal

Once you know what you want to do and the job you have targeted, then outline the steps that it will take to reach your goal.  As yourself the following questions to help you prepare your career plan.

  • What next step can I take to gain the skills and experience you need to work in your target job?
  • Evaluate whether you need formal training, a degree or certificate to work in your target job. If so, what is the next thing you can do to move towards getting that degree or certificate?
  • Ask yourself who could serve as a mentor for you to help you move into your target job? Is there someone in your current workplace? On the Internet? In your community who could help guide you to your dream job?
  • Ask if there are skills that build on other skills? If so, how could you outline your skill development as a step by step process to help others?

As you outline your goal consider setting short term – one month to one year goals – in addition to long term five and ten year goals.  Both short and long terms steps can keep you moving in  a positive direction in your career.

Take action to reach your goal

Once you have created a career plan, take action to reach your goal.  This involves setting aside the time and other resources needed to ensure that your plan becomes a reality.  If you have short term setbacks, start anew.  Keep at it over the short and long run and you will create good opportunities for yourself and your career. Do what it takes to reach your designated career goal.


Know Yourself: Conduct an interest and skills assessment

Know Yourself

Conduct an interest and skills assessment

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Know yourself by conducting an interest and skills assessment.  When you know who you are and what you like to do and what your skills are then you can better find a job that is a good match for your interests and skills.  Taking the time to do an interest and skills assessment can pay dividends in the long run as you find a rewarding career that matches who you are and what you can best do.

You can best start an interest assessment by asking a few questions such as those listed below.

  • What do I like to do?
  • What would I do if I didn’t have anything else I needed to do?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • Do I like working indoors or outdoors?
  • Do I like working with people, with my head, or with my hands?
  • Do I like working on my own or in large groups?
  • Do I like being my own boss or working for others?
  • Do I like to be in charge or to follow the plan others have put in place?

Once you have identified your interests, then take the time to identify your skills.  A skills assessment will help you identify your core strengths and skills that you will take with you into the workplace.  Ask yourself the questions below.

  • What am I good at?
  • What things do I do best?
  • Am I good at problem solving and decision making?
  • Am I good at learning new things?
  • Am I able to work with others?
  • Do I notice what others are doing and how they interact?
  • Am I good at working with machines?
  • Do I have specific knowledge in an area such as computers? Science? Match? Business?
  • Am I good at using computer software?
  • Am I good at a certain specialty area?

As you notice your skills you can also identify those skills that you would like to develop further.  If you have further skills to develop,  consider ways you could develop or strengthen skills to enhance your performance on the job.  A little bit of action can make a big difference.






Skills for Workplace Success

Skills for Workplace Success


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It is important to have that skills that will lead to work place success. Identify the skills you need then get the training to ensure that you gain the skills that will help you move forward with your career goals. This can take evaluation to decide which skills you should focus on first. Consider your day to day job tasks.  What do you do? Which skills do you need? What job do you want? Which skills will you need to do that job?

Take the time to evaluate what you can do to ensure that you prepare for the job you desire.  Set goals to develop the skills that will take you to the next level with your career.  Consider how you can  be the one to be hired when the next opportunity arises.

Common Skills for Workplace Success

Below are some common skills you will need in the workplace.

As you take the time to enhance your skills, your capabilities in the workplace will grow as will the demand for your talents and abilities!