Skills For Career Success

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Skills For Career Success

The skills you need for career success are more than your technical skills. Sure, you can fulfill the role requirements of your job, but do you have the skills necessary to stand out? Do senior executives see you as someone capable of a leadership position? The skills essential for career success can help you get the attention of the right people within your organization.

skills for career successOur CEO and Founder, Jessica Chen, recently hosted a Soulcast Media | LIVE event on LinkedIn. She interviewed James Rogers, CEO of 3 Enrollment Marketing Inc., and Patricia Maben, President and Co-Founder of 3 Enrollment Marketing Inc. 

They shared tips and personal stories about the skills you need for career success.

1. Effective Communication

During the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Jessica, James, and Patricia all agreed effective communication is one of the most critical skills you need for career success. In fact, the consensus was less work, and more communication is better than more work and less communication. According to Expert Market, 86% of employees and executives cite the lack of effective collaboration and communication as the leading causes of workplace failures.

Consider the following:

  • Internal Communications – As part of your job, you should plan a cadence for internal communications. There are several ways you can implement this into your workflow. For example, you can send a weekly status report. When you do this, you can showcase what you’ve done, and tie it into the organization’s mission. You can say something like, “I completed the spreadsheets with vendor information so our sales team can quickly identify potential new leads.” When you communicate, you show you are engaged and care about your job and the organization.
  • Proactive – Being proactive in communication is critical for career success. Your manager does not want to be surprised. For example, if a problem arises, you must communicate this to your manager as soon as possible. You also need to bring solutions to the problem. Proactive communication means you are thinking ahead. skills for career success
  • Clear – If you want people to understand you, you have to be clear in your communications. The way you share your information has to be clear and concise. For example, one way to ensure your communication is clear is to consider your audience. Think about what your audience needs to know. When communicating with senior leadership, you must keep your communication high-level. They don’t need every detail, but they need to know the problem, the solutions, and the resolution. 

Effective communication will help you share information in a valuable way.

 

2. Intentional Learning

Technology is ever-evolving, and there will always be a new program or app to learn. This is why it is critical for you always to be learning. You need to be in the mindset to adapt and try something new. 

Consider the following:

  • Critical Thinking – Managers want people who possess strong critical thinking skills. This means you can take information and analyze it. For example, let’s say you receive all of the end-of-month sales reports. The reports you just received show a significant decrease in sales from previous months. As a critical thinker, you should take this information and analyze it. You should ask questions like, why are the sales so low? What has changed over the last month? Critical thinkers go beyond the information to find out the cause. 
  • Problem Solver – Your manager wants you to bring them solutions when problems arise. When you are an intentional learner, you make it a point to figure out how you can solve a problem rather than hoping your manager knows what to do. For example, if you are working on a new program and come across a glitch. Instead of telling your boss, there is a glitch; a problem solver would try several ways to fix the glitch. If you can’t fix it, you can come to your boss with the glitch, tell them what you’ve tried to do to fix it, and offer solutions that you believe will fix the problem. skills for career success
  • Growth Mindset – As an intentional learner, you must have a growth mindset. This means believing you are capable of learning something new. For example, if you are tasked with doing something you’ve never done before, instead of throwing your hands up and saying, “I don’t know how to do this,” you can say, “I don’t know how to do this yet, but I am going to figure it out.” Your decision to try will help you throughout your career. 

Intentional learning will help you as you move throughout your career. You have to be competent in today’s technology tools to achieve career success.  

 

3. Be A Team Builder

During the Soulcast Media | LIVE, James said being a team builder is a critical skill for career success. Being a team builder means genuinely caring about the success of someone else. To be a team builder, you must be seen as credible, valuable, and always looking for ways to boost connectivity. 

Consider the following:

  • Credibility – Credibility needs to be continually earned.

    To build credibility and trust, you must continually communicate the process – tell people what you are doing to avoid surprises. The other thing you need to do is take action. When you are credible, others can trust you to do the work. This will help you be a team builder because the rest of the team can count on you.

  • Connectivity – Being a team builder means connecting with other people. One way to do this is to have a positive mindset. For example, during the Soulcast Media | LIVE, Patricia said going into new work situations and believing everyone has good intentions is one way to boost connectivity. If you can leave your pre-existing notions at the door, you will be more open to being a team builder.

  • Be Valuable – As a team builder, you want to ensure you are valuable to the team. One way you can do this is by helping someone. For example, if you are a whiz at spreadsheets, but know your team member struggles, offer to help them complete their spreadsheets. This will not only boost your connectivity, but it will also show how you are dedicated to working together for a common goal.

Being a team builder requires you to think outside of yourself. When you genuinely care about the success of others, you can find ways to connect and be valuable. 

Becoming an effective communicator, intentionally learning, and being a team builder will help you achieve your career goals. 

 

Check out Jessica’s Youtube Channel if you want to see the full LIVE version of this Soulcast Media | LIVE conversation.

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