Good Monday morning,
How was your first week of the “New Year”?
For most of us, our relationship with September is deeply rooted in starting a new grade or school. Our experience is that September is the start of something new; the start of a whole new journey.
Hiring managers, bosses and decision makers are getting back to their usual routines as the summer draws to an end. In our experience, the fall marks the busiest hiring season of the year.
Do you want to get hired quickly? Would you like to get promoted into the position for which you have the qualifications? Did you know that the number one reason that people will hire you or choose your products and services over the competition is the evidence of your soft skills? According to Workforce, 67% of managers would hire an applicant with strong soft skills, even if their technical skills were lacking.
For some helpful tips and information, listen to my interview with Mark Jeffries, author of What’s Up With Your Handshake? and a leading expert in the “how to” of soft skills.
So what are soft skills?
According to Mark, they are “anything that enables you to influence others, to pitch ideas, and to successfully persuade others to take action.” Think about how much of your role involves influencing and persuading others to take action.
Although many think they can gain advancement through more education, training or other hard skills, the most effective way to move forward in your career is to focus on upgrading your soft skills. We live in a world where most professionals emphasize their hard skills. Hard skills are the education, knowledge, and skills you need to practice your specific profession.
Mark shared, “soft skills, used strategically, have never been more important to grow your career and get ahead of the competition.” Although many think they can gain advancement through more education, the most effective way to move forward in your career is to focus on upgrading these soft skills.
Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself — get the edge in this competitive job market.This fall, if you are looking for help with your personal brand and are thinking about working with a career coach, take a small step and book an initial consultation.
Along the road with you,
P.S. Would you like to help your son or daughter in their career journey? Our Student Career Identity Program makes a perfect back-to-school gift! Click here to start the conversation.
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