Have you ever stopped yourself from applying for a job because you thought that you didn’t have the right skills? You’re not alone. Recently, I was out to dinner and a friend expressed just that sentiment. He was considering NOT applying for a job because he felt his work experience did not exactly match the description in the job posting. I told him that unless the prospective employer was looking for something extremely specific, the reality is we all have transferable skills that can be adapted for the next job. Many of the technical skills needed are often learned “on the job.” Besides, most employers want to train you in their own methodology on how they do business.
I, for one, had this same experience when I graduated from college. I got a job as a trader on Wall Street and it wasn’t because I had amazing trading skills. It was because I had the soft skills needed to do the job, or, some would argue—the hard skills, and I don’t mean it in the technical sense. But what we are hearing at Strategic Alliances more and more is that managers are looking for individuals with the right soft skills. They know that the technical skills can be taught, but it’s the soft skills that take more time.
If you’re someone who aspires to one of those high level executive jobs, guess what? It’s not going to happen without some essential leadership development tools such as self-awareness, emotional intelligence and empathy, to name a few.
At Strategic Alliances, we partner with organizations and individuals to provide learning experiences in the form of our free webinars, open enrollment, and customized experiences around leadership tools and soft skills to empower individuals to be their best. Please come and experience what we have to offer, and get yourself to where you want to go!