I have been out there and creating so much content over the last few days and have been thinking a lot about expanding on my already implemented College Readiness training around my books and my content/lessons.
In doing this, I created a podcast all about College Readiness geared towards my target market of students – the middle schoolers and the high schoolers and I focused on the idea of “what you are good at” and this inspired me to make a blog post today to talk about leveraging your skills.
I have discussed skills a lot on my blog from communication skills and presentation skills to skills needed for women and skills needed for the future (read up on those posts here Skills Blog Posts). This post is about leveraging the skills you currently have to be ready for your next step.
Everyone is good at something (as I spoke about in my podcast yesterday) but most people are too modest to promote and leverage what they are good at OR they are too full of self doubt to admit they have a skill at all.
My post today is to inspire you to consider your skills – what comes “easy” to you or what have you worked hard at to be able to do it “easily”. Some people are born with innate skills and that is great but others have to work at things to make it “work”.
List at least 3-5 skills that you have – this is not the skills section of your resume which should be full of actionable skills such as your computer, social media, technical skills – this is instead the things that should be DEMONSTRATED on your resume – so if you are a great project manager, you would have things on your resume demonstrating your prowess as a project manager (such as key accomplishments in successful projects you have run,etc).
What skills should you be demonstrating on your resume? What skills should jump off the page by reading your job descriptions and accomplishments?
Skills for you to print and fill out:
What about your LinkedIn profile? Can it be understood by your profile that you have these skills? If not, how can you make these skills “pop” via your descriptive content about who you are and what you bring to the table.
Get comfortable promoting yourself because if you do not do it, no one else will. Get comfortable highlighting the skills you have for this marketplace so that you can always find your next step.
Learn with me every day on my blog and beyond and share your 5 skills on Social Media with the hashtag #my5skills. Oh, and just in case you wanted to know, mine are:
Check out my content and my LinkedIn profile and see if my skill map is on point (or not). Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen