Don't Think You Can Do Anything Else?
When you’ve been in one role or industry for a while, it can be difficult to see yourself doing anything else. For some of you, the very idea of looking for a different role is like, whoa!
For others, there’s doubt around your actual skills and what else you could be good at, besides your current role.
It’s not rocket science; it’s totally normal. Much of this is down to feeling secure in your comfort zone so although you may not be happy or content in your current role, it’s easier to stay in the situation you know than to think about uprooting yourself and moving into the unknown.
Kinda a fear of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, hey?
BUT HERE’S WHAT I KNOW
I can tell you for certain that regardless of the role you’ve been in and regardless of the length of time you’ve been in that role, you have skills and gifts that will be of value elsewhere. These are your transferable skills.
I know this because, unless you’re a robot that’s been programmed to undertake one or two tasks, you’ve amassed skills, experience and knowledge that enable you to not only fulfil the requirements of your current role, but also enable you to work effectively in other areas of your life.
I also know that you have valuable skills and gifts because you are unique and are here for a reason.
You just need to learn what they are and what to do with them :)
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
If you want out of your current role but you have doubts around your ability to move into another role or industry, it’s your job to A, recognise your transferable skills and B, get really good at selling these skills and gifts to other people.
The good news is that it’s not as hard as you might think to recognise and sell your strengths, it just takes time out and practice.
HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR SKILLS, STRENGTHS & GIFTS
Start by grabbing a piece of paper and list five things you’re really good at, including outside of the work place. If you find this hard, ask trusted colleagues, friends and family. Think about things that come naturally to you and things that you enjoy. Refer back to appraisals for specific info.
If you’re feeling a bit uncomfortable about this, remember that this is all about you being able to pinpoint positivity, so you’re only going to receive the nice stuff!
Once you have your five skills, strengths and skills, next to each one, write a brief example of how/when/where you demonstrate these areas.
That’s it! You’ve just come up with several areas that you can begin to match with career opportunities 😉
This is an important first step when it comes to planning your career move. The next step is to get good at actually talking about these skills to others. This will come in handy when you start applying for roles and getting interviews.
LEARN HOW TO SELL THEM
This takes practice. There is definitely an art to writing concise, clear job applications, and giving impressive interviews and presentations is a real skill. Isn’t it great that both are skills that you can learn!
Take one of your skills and as you did earlier, write a brief paragraph, outlining how you’ve put that skill to use in the past. Finish by outlining the (positive) outcome that came about as a result of your fantasticness.
Yes, I just made a word up.
To ensure you get to the point and don’t go off on a tangent, remember this special formula : PEO, bang, bang, bang!
Bang! Point – which skill you’re referring to
Bang! Evidence – what you actually did, including how to decided to do whatever you did
Bang! Outcome – what happened, as a result of what you did. This should always be positive, by the way
If you’re not a naturally gifted writer or speaker, mastering this formula takes practice but you’ll get better and better at selling your strengths and you’ll find that you’ll be able to recycle examples to use for job applications and interviews. Oh, how I love an easy life!
Voila! You just learnt one method of identifying your skills and getting to grips with talking about them.
Hopefully, these tips have encouraged you to think a little more about the amazing possibilities that are out there for you, just waiting for you to find them.
Until next time,