Your Skills are stale

This is part 16 of the 16 post series.

“The dinosaurs disappeared because they could not adapt to their changing environment. We shall disappear if we cannot adapt to an environment that now contains spaceships, computers — and thermonuclear weapons.” Arthur C. Clarke

“Employees who don’t constantly develop and experience new ideas, tools, or systems will themselves become extinct.” ~ @NCWiseman

Often I meet individuals who had the same job for 15, 20 or thirty years. Some learned new ideas, tools or processes, but many kept doing the same thing and never developed new and improved skills.

Unfortunately, the employees who never developed new skills or refined their existing skills, are the ones who struggle the most to find a new job when that time comes (& it will come).

I wish I could tell every employee out there, before they lose their job, that they need to do some professional development activities, NOW! Unfortunately this is not going to happen.

So, what options do you have if you have not developed any new skills or improved your existing ones?

There are three, but only two are going to help you

  1. Write your resume and create your LinkedIn profile boldly displaying the skills you have today
    • Since you have not done any professional development work, you should know your current skill set is outdated and likely unmarketable.
    • This is the option I do not recommend
  2. Start now working on refining, improving and adding to your skill sets
    • Use your local community college system to get training on the skills they can help you with
    • Use professional training programs available to you to get more specific and unique training
    • Consider volunteering or interning in a business where you can learn from others while providing some value
    • Promote your ongoing development activity on your resume & LinkedIn profile so that recruiters and hiring managers see that you are improving while you are searching for a job.
  3. Don’t give up
    • Believe in yourself to get better, to improve your skills and to find that job that will fit your newly improved and refined skills.

Once you get past this career snafu – learn by this mistake, because you will be looking for another job one day in the future.

Author: tlburriss

I am a Networking Strategist and LinkedIn coach and Trainer. I live by my personal edict, "Networking is finding, developing and nurturing relationships that mutually move people forward thru life." I want to help people become better Networkers and better LinkedIn users focused on their business and career goals.

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