Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Skills list - last part

Now we have a skills list that is comprehensive, showcases multiple facets of who we are and what we can do / like to do.

This list will serve as an inventory for a long time. Update it yearly, Move items around between the boxes. Things you loved to do will fall out of favour. Things you never thought you'd do will hit the top of the list. It becomes a reference point for building a cover letter, creating a profile or just assessing if you're where you want to be at this point in time.

One last part to do.

Examine the top 2 boxes.  If you had to pick....

1 - which are the top 3-5 skills from the "paid $/like" that get you out of bed? Which top 3-5, if you get to do them at least once a week, make your current job worthwhile? Which top 3-5 do you want your job to contain?  Are your job and top picks aligned?

2 - which are the top 3-5 skills from the "not yet worth $/like" that you most want to improve next?

The first is what makes you valuable to a manager. The second is what makes the job valuable to you. The first is what you offer them; the second is what they need to offer you. This makes work a two-way street. This creates fit. You own your development plan.

Sell the first set... sell the hiring manager on why you'll be a great fit with the second set.

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