Learning about a new skill or business can happen with just a click of your mouse.
This is important for leaders to completely understand if they want to continue to be in a position of influence.
The Information Age
The Information Age has allowed anyone with Internet access and a computer to research an industry, develop necessary skills, and move forward professionally by finding open opportunities available to them.
In fact, it’s become so easy that we sometimes lose sight of the fact that it’s essential for leaders to remember that they have vital transferable skills that they will need to take to each new position.
It’s increasingly rare to begin and end a career with one company, so your ability to transition to a new company, or even a new industry, is crucial in developing your professional brand.
Remember that your leadership continues with each new role.
The Information Age has created several new opportunities for professionals. While landing a job still requires excellent interpersonal skills, browsing the Internet for job openings is incredibly convenient and accessible to nearly everyone.
The Internet is the new classifieds section for job seekers. Period.
Researching job openings to compare the skills necessary for a post with what you have to offer is a valuable skill that will save you time and energy.
Sending in résumés to 100 potential employers may fish out a few opportunities, but wouldn’t it be more efficient to find the right fit for your skills?
Know what tools you have, know what tools the employer needs, and then fight for why they need you to better their business.
Finding a few target to aim for will prove more successful than shooting aimlessly in the dark.
Standard Qualities Are Key
Looking up possible employment posts and researching industries via the Internet is simple; however, you still need to possess certain skills to digest the new information that you find.
For instance, anyone can look up information on the real estate industry through Wikipedia, numerous blogs, and even online classes to learn the basics.
But researching real estate doesn’t qualify you to be an actual licensed associate.
You need to have excellent communication skills and be willing to take a few calculated risks to succeed. If you show strong attention to detail and are a quick learner, then you have the potential to be an attractive candidate.
Knowledge of standard skill sets is crucial to landing a job, keeping a job, and pursuing a new job if you choose to switch industries.
Most people don’t spend their entire careers working at one company, or even in just one industry.
It’s no longer typical to get hired by a company out of college and then retire with them forty years later.
This dramatic change over the past four decades has encouraged employees to be constantly aware of other opportunities available to them. While loyalty is an admirable quality, you should always seek to find the best fit for you, financially and professionally.
Once you’ve found a new opportunity, the best way to convince employers of a learned expertise is to display proven and concrete results. However, it often takes months or years to truly gain a new expertise, along with evidence of it.
Organizing a portfolio is an efficient and valuable way to show your growing expertise.
A portfolio can demonstrate your successes and your ability to learn. Portfolios should be concise and reader-friendly.
Become the Expert
Knowledge and experience are power in today’s job market. You can build additional skills in your desired industry through constant research and awareness of growth opportunities.
This knowledge benefits you as an informed employee, and it’s a valuable asset to your current or future employer.
A proven success comes from my own story. I wanted to be an entrepreneur from a very early age, and this desire prompted me to pursue my dream. I started going to real estate seminars, buying educational materials on real estate investing, and networking with others in the industry.
Soon after that, I started investing in real estate, and my business became extremely profitable. I attribute this success to the time and energy I put into researching and learning about real estate.
Sometimes, knowing what you don’t know makes all the difference.
Seeking and finding the right job takes research, standard skills, competence, and hard work. If you can carry all of these traits with you throughout your professional career, then you bill yourself as an attractive candidate.
You can tell a future employer that what you have to offer is far beyond what your competition can bring to the table. Talk is cheap – go out there and prove it.
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