Everyone would love to be completely secure in their professional careers, but the reality is that sometimes moving from job to job can actually benefit your career. True job security comes from being sought after and confident that your skills and experience are in demand by various employers. Here are three things you can do to generate a little of that lifelong job security on your own.
1. Build Transferable Skills
While you might think that recruiters and hiring managers are looking for particular skills that can only be learned through training or experience, many are also interested in highly relevant skills but transferable from other positions. Most resumes start by laying out exactly what relevant work experience makes you qualified for the job. In cases where relevant experience isn’t the strongest side of your resume, focusing on transferable skills such as project management, computer skills, report writing, or presentation skills can get you the interest you are looking for. Even if you don’t have the exact experience a recruiter might be asking for, you should always start by highlighting your relevant skills. Think, what does a hiring manager need you to do for them? What are the transferable skills relevant to the job? What do you bring to the table? This is often enough to get your foot in the door into any job, supported by the commitment and ability to learn quickly on the job.
2. Focus on Your Soft Skills
The way we work with people, how we communicate, and the way we lead teams are some of the most valuable skill sets that anyone can bring to a job. Those soft skills are critically important to being successful long term in a role or with a single company. Still, they will also help you get hired easily, even within a competitive candidate pool. There are many different so-called “soft skills” that can help candidates stand out from others, but leadership is one of those skills’ most appealing. Like communication, many applicants may have high-quality leadership skills without actually knowing what is required to exemplify this soft skill. Leadership is made up of a variety of important abilities, including risk assessment, taking the initiative, the ability to engage and motivate other team members, decision-making skills, resourcefulness, trust, and loyalty, to have and deliver on long term goals, and the ability to deliver on commitments and make the team look good.
3. Keep Up with New Trends and Technologies
While you might think that training goals are best targeted for new employees, even seasoned veterans in your field benefit from regular updates. While it might not always be reasonable to plan to go back to school to further your education, attending a conference or webinars can also add to your resume. Consider what works best for your particular situation and make an effort to learn something new every year. But make an effort to stay on top of quickly shifting trends and technologies, because if you don’t, you can be sure you’ll be quickly replaced by new hires fresh out of school.
Move Your Career Forward
Differentiation and a growth mindset may be the key to success in a crowded job market. Make sure you look and sound different than the rest to get the right attention. Then let your qualifications do the rest. For more tips on how to move your career forward through thick and thin, connect with a recruiter at Williams today.