Do You Have the Right Skills for the Future?

New Rules for Career Transition

If you have recently found yourself in a career transition or job search after a long tenure with one company, the new rules of managing your career may seem overwhelming. Given the rapid pace of change in business, technology, and the economy in recent years, the skills required to make a transition have changed.

In many instances, the rules for making a good hire have changed too. Do you have the skills that hiring managers find critical when making tough hiring decisions?

The skills I am referring to, in this instance, go beyond the technical requirements of the position. These are skills you may not want to refer to directly in a professional resume, but that you must infer through success stories included in the resume, cover letter, and the interview process.

Take a look at a list I have compiled based on feedback from hiring managers, recruiters, and those of you who have made successful transitions in the current market.

  1. Resiliency: This describes the person who bounces back from disappointments quickly, and who takes the initiative to gather new skills or resources when faced with challenge.
  2. Life-Long Learner: Are you inquisitive and interested in continuous learning? Find ways to demonstrate your ability to learn about new technologies, products, or methodologies.
  3. Smart Risk-Taking: Successful career transitions happen more readily for those who are willing to get out of their comfort zone and test new environments and skills.
  4. Adaptive Thinking: Think of examples of how you have solved problems through innovation, or how you found opportunity in a problem. Turn these examples into success stories in your resume and interviews.
  5. Future-Focused: Today it is necessary to focus on concrete results while remaining alert to trends in your  environment. The person who leads positive change is in demand.
  6. Social Intelligence: The ability to collaborate and drive results is based in part on strong social skills. This includes self-awareness and the ability to engage the motivations and strengths of others.
  7. Social Technologies/New Media: Have you embraced wise use of social technologies in your career? This means leveraging the value of LinkedIn and other social media tools to enhance your professional skills and career visibility.
  8. Virtual Collaboration: Many companies have integrated flexible work options that require skills in working and communicating virtually. Take extra steps to create a positive virtual presence to bridge the distance gap.

Are you ready to reinvent yourself if the next career change demands it? How well do you measure up on this list of skills? Don’t worry if you can’t check everything on the list today! Instead, choose one or two that you can improve now.

Accelerate Your Career Transition

Consider the value of objective advice in accelerating your transition and engage in some career counseling, or tap into your trusted mentor network. Remember that adapting this set of skills can not only speed you to a satisfying transition, but also positions you for long-term success once you are on the job.