Ready to take your career to the next level? Want to apply “new year, new me” to your employment history and jumpstart your professional life? Building a better career can be challenging when jobs feel limiting and there isn’t a lot of upward mobility where you are.
It’s easy to get stuck in a job or career field that is secondary to your passion but pays the bills. However, if you have the proper motivation and do want to improve your employment, these skills can help get you where you want to go.
1. Communication Is Key
When you’re considering top skills for 2022, you have to know how to communicate. And this includes in person as well as over the phone, email, and via zoom. You have to know how to talk to people and get across what you need to be done or what the next steps are.
Communication can also show that you are professional, prompt, and able to collaborate. Communication occurs in some capacity in every job, so prepare how you like to communicate and how you do it effectively.
2. Can You Collaborate?
Teamwork is one of the most basic skills employers look for. Only a few fields will have you working completely alone. And even in those jobs you’re bound to have some interactions with others.
Look at jobs you’ve had where you needed other people and what went well. How do you prefer to work with others and what jobs offer those opportunities?
3. Critical Thinking About It
Critical thinking is one of those job development skills that feels vague and nondescript, but it’s tied to creative thinking and problem-solving. Are you able to take information about a situation, understand it, and come up with unique solutions to help turn a situation around or make things even better? Can you observe and test hypotheses about different questions to learn more and adapt to that new knowledge?
Critical thinking might feel difficult to demonstrate, but consider when you’ve needed to solve a problem or were in a time crunch for something job-related. How did you solve that and did you learn anything from it?
4. How Do You Manage?
In almost any field, having good leadership and management skills will be important the higher you hope to go. Mentioning management roles or experiences makes these great job skills for the resume and to have up your sleeve for interviews. Be prepared to answer how you like to be managed, what your management style is, and an example of you in a leadership role.
Think about your strengths when working with others, times when you were in control and things worked out. And also notice when things didn’t go as well and what could’ve gone differently.
Get That Better Career
Finding a better career is tied to having better career skills, but you may already have some without realizing it. Make sure you are framing things from a professional capacity on your resume and always present yourself as organized, on time, and open.
Manifesting a better career is just putting in the work to hone your skills and put them out there for others to see. And if this helped you feel better prepared to start sending out that revamped resume, keep reading for more tips.