Posted on | August 4, 2011
There are five types of job skills essential to career success.
- Hard skills – These are trade skills (like programming, accounting, finance, chemistry) that you need to perform your job.
- People skills - There are 20 soft skills (including communication skills, interpersonal skills) you should develop on how to best work and interact with others so you can influence their perception of you, your work and motivate their actions.
- Self management skills - There are eight soft skills (including patience, stress management) you need to manage how you perceive yourself and how you react to adverse situations
- Work Attitude - Establish positive work attitude (such as hard working, loyal, willing to learn) that is typically valued by companies
- Professionalism - Practice the basic etiquette of business in the way you dress, speak, and act
- Soft skills are the most difficult to master and will separate you from the mass. Almost anyone can learn basic Professionalism and the necessary Work Attitude that are fundamental to career success.
- As for hard skills, many schools have rigorous programs regarding how to develop specific hard skills. As long as you are smart and can study hard, you can master the hard skills. Soft skills, on the other hand, are not taught well in school and require dedicated effort and practice while working to develop.
- Soft skills is what will get you promoted to executive level (VP and above). If you look at any executives you admire today, I would bet that the reasons they advanced to that level is heavily due to their leadership skills, communication skills, or ability to inspire action and deliver results – all soft skills. You can find many engineers with great hard skills that have had difficulty achieving executive level due to lack of soft skills.
If you want to achieve career success and executive level status in any corporation, then it’s important to develop your soft skills. You can read books and take training; you can learn from your mentors; you can practice at work every day to develop these skills. I can also help.
- I have been in your shoes as a business professional for 15 years - I can understand both the rewards and challenges that exist in business careers. I don’t mean just the work itself, but also office politics, team/people dynamics, and culture challenges. I have 15 years of business experience working with at least 20 companies across five industries. I have made plenty of mistakes that I can help you avoid and also achieved career success. I want to share my insights with you on how to succeed in a business career – insights that cannot be learned even in MBA school.
- I have been coaching business professionals for the last 10 years and this is my passion - Not all successful business professionals can be good career coaches. It takes a different skill set to coach others on how to achieve career success. I am good at this because I have been trained in consulting on how to be a good career counselor, I have done coaching for the last 10 years, and I am passionate about this topic. It is an honor to be able to help you reach your full potential in your career.
- I can help you both succeed on the job and during job search - While there is 10% unemployment, 90% are still on the job. For the 10% looking for a job, I can help as I know how hiring manager think and how you can stand out in the job market. I have recruited hundreds of candidates. For the 90% on the job, I can help you find ways to work smarter, build transferable skills that will help you at any job and reach career success faster. So many of us are not recognized enough at our jobs for all of our skills and accomplishments. This is NOT because we are not smart, but because we are not taught at school that hard work alone does not guarantee success. It requires more than hard skills to succeed in your career. Soft skills like communication, interpersonal skills, etc… are also critical to climbing the career success ladder.
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