Bridge the Skills Gap – Keep Learning

Bridge the Skills Gap – Keep Learning

27 Bridging-the-Gap-JPG   Bridge the skills gap – keep learning. There is nothing more constant than change and this certainly applies in the workplace.  This means that you want to have a plan in place to ensure that your skills are up to date and relevant.  You can do this by regularly evaluating your skills and identifying any gaps in the skills you know and the skills you need to know to succeed at work.  Make a plan to regularly fill in those gaps by learning a new skill, taking a class, or finding better ways to do things.  When you have a plan to regularly close the skills gap you will ensure that you keep the skills needed to be competitive on the job. Consider the skills employers want:  The 10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015 Graduates, The Top 5 Job Skills Employers are looking for in 2015, and The College Degrees and Skills employers Most Want in 2015. How do your skills stack up?  Did you identify any skills gaps to be filled?  If so, make a plan to fill in the gaps and continue learning to strengthen your career. Some of the top skills identified for modern workers include those listed below. Evaluate your strength in regards to each of these skills and consider how to improve. Find a mentor, take a class, or read a book to strengthen these core skills needed by hiring companies.

  • Problem Solving

Skills for Making Great Decisions, Keys to Successful Money Management, Introduction to Business Analysis, Accounting Fundamentals, Mastery of Business Fundamentals, Real Estate Investing, Marketing your Business on the Internet, Thinking Fast and Slow, Think Smarter: Critical Thinking to Improve Problem Solving and Decision Making Skills

  • Teamwork

Building Teams That Work, Fundamentals of Supervision and Management, Six Sigma: Total Quality Applications, Achieving Success with Difficult People, High Speed Project Management, Making Teams Work: 24 Lessons for Working Together Successfully ,The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Team WORKS!: The Gridiron Playbook for Building a Championship Business Team, Teamwork 101: What Every Leader Needs to Know.

  • Professionalism and Hard Work

Work on your work: 10 simple ideas on how to work smarter not harder, Hard Work: Success Made Easy

  • Written and Verbal Communication

Keys to Effective Communication, Interpersonal Communication, The Art of Communicating, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect: What the Most Effective People Do Differently, How to Win Friends and Influence People, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when stakes are high, 2nd edition, Mastering Public Speaking, Effective Business Writing, Writing Essentials, The Keys to Effective Editing, Research Methods for Writers, The Craft of Magazine Writing, Writing Effective Grant Proposals, Effective Selling, Leadership

  • Computer applications

Creating Web Pages, Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate, Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013, Intermediate Microsoft Access 2013, Introduction to Crystal Reports, Understanding the Cloud, Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2014, Introduction to Adobe Edge Animate

As you continue to bridge the skills gap and keep learning, you will keep yourself in a position to move up on the job!

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