Upskilling and adapting to a fast-changing world of work is the defining challenge of our time. Here’s how you can keep your job skills up to date as the work world evolves. Learning and improving your job skills shouldn’t end after you’re hired. Improving your job skills through learnability is a career-long process. Whether you’re looking to learn a new digital tool, pick up transferable skills or hone your soft skills, you can always keep improving. Here are some tips for going above and beyond.Visit your library One thing successful people have in common: They read. A lot. Whether you crack open a book or listen to an audio version, you can constantly keep learning from the experts in any field. Need somewhere to start? This list will give you books for CEOs, entrepreneurs, history buffs and more. Listen to podcasts You have access to a huge free professional development library on your phone, which can enrich your commute or other downtime. You can listen through Apple podcasts or any podcast listening app like Stitcher, Spotify or Soundcloud. Search for keywords in your industry to find relevant subject matter, or you can even try your own at developing a podcast to help you become an industry thought leader with free tools like Anchor.fm. Talk with your manager Do you know what skills you need to develop? If not, ask. A new employee has a learning journey, and so does someone who has been at the organization for 10 or 20 years. A manager can help employees understand where they are in the learning journey for their career. In the short term and the long run, that benefits everyone. Join industry associations The best industry associations offer many practical benefits including certification, conferences, webinars, networking events and job boards. Industry associations often commission industry research, so members can keep up with trends that are likely to shape the industry. All these benefits are important to anyone looking for a job. Look into joining a recognized industry association to stay current with your job skills. No matter what work you do, continuing education is vital to advancing your career. Employers are looking for candidates with skills and adaptability for this changing environment.
How Can I Improve My Job Skills?
Three Talent Sustainability Trends to Keep in Mind
More than ever before, the year 2020 has solidified the important role Human Resources plays in growing today’s organizations. The global pandemic and social movements highlighting inequities helped companies refocus on what’s most important to employees: health, upskilling and transparency. Those looking to have the right talent today, and for the future, are beginning to implement these themes into their talent sustainability strategy, and HR is in the lead.The majority of executives (71%) strongly agree that HR plays a vital role in establishing the right culture, and 7 in 10 HR professionals have a strategy in place to design an employee experience that mirrors the customer experience.  This signifies the emergence of a new employer/employee relationship—one where the employer assumes a greater responsibility for employee health and wellbeing and sees employees as consumers within the organization. Companies also now have vast amounts of workforce data—from email and computer usage to AI performance analysis. Workers are increasingly comfortable with being monitored, but they expect employers to be transparent and communicative with them to create a sense of trust. Here are several examples of how HR leaders around the world are capitalizing on these new themes in talent sustainability to position their organizations for growth in 2021 and beyond. Theme #1: HealthJust as they created new procedures around social distancing and temperature checks to keep employees healthy and safe, HR pros are now prioritizing employees’ emotional wellbeing to lessen feelings of isolation, anxiety and stress. This isn’t just to retain existing employees but also to recruit the right talent, as energized employees are 6X more likely to work for companies that focus on health and wellbeing.  Companies have turned to HR to implement Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety protocols to protect workers, including limiting gatherings, separating workstations, contract tracing, scheduling more workspace cleanings, and encouraging the use of face masks, just to name a few.  These efforts must continue to not only minimize transmission of the coronavirus among staff, but also to foster employee trust and peace of mind that the workplace is a safe place. On-demand, professional coaching sessions also are moving the needle in supporting employee health and wellbeing. Global accounting firm PwC recently started to provide access to professional coaches who are available to discuss anything that may be causing employees stress.  These kind of sessions provide an invaluable opportunity to listen, learn and understand what workers want and how to support their needs, opening the door to a more resilient workforce. Theme #2: Upskilling/reskilling As 65% of the jobs Gen Z will perform don’t even exist yet,  it should come as no surprise that today’s businesses are racing to reskill employees. The need to train and develop new skills to grow the talent pipeline has only intensified as companies were forced to pivot, some multiple times, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the tidal wave of digital transformation that came with it. Walmart is a great example of this, having evolved its in-house upskilling program over the years. The Walmart Academy was created in February 2016 to provide needed training to 8,000 new managers, then to the whole workforce—2.2 million employees. Today, the retail giant has 201 academies inside Walmart Supercenters and modular classrooms in store parking lots. In 2019, the training integrated with virtual reality (VR) and saw retention increase 10%. The company also says its upskilling effort resulted in the promotion of 215,000 employees in just one year. “Whether it be soft skills or technical skills, upskilling and reskilling is tied to employees’ desire to continuously learn,” says Marceline Beijer, vice president of Talent Solutions at ManpowerGroup. “Teaching employees new, relevant skills can provide peace of mind and even happiness, knowing their skillsets won’t become obsolete. It truly can put not only your employees but your entire company in a position of power in 2021 and for years to come.” Theme #3: Data transparency Workers in 2021 are calling for more transparency from their employers about their wellbeing and productivity on an individual level as well as around environmental and social issues on an organization level. To build employee trust and prevent turnover, HR teams must be prepared to answer new questions from employees about data ownership. For example, HR is now responsible for gathering health data to prevent the COVID-19 spread. As new HR technology continues to be introduced to monitor and improve employee performance, HR professionals are tasked with being the gatekeepers of this data as well. An empathetic and ethical approach is crucial here. Empathetic leadership will also be needed as employees, customers and communities demand organizations to act as global citizens and environmental stewards. Diversity and inclusion are key to preparing for the future of work. “This is one area HR leaders themselves should focus on upskilling,” says Beijer. “We are seeing a remarkable rise in ESG [environmental, social and corporate governance], and as the voice of employees, HR needs to have a seat at that table.” Employees will remember how their employers empathized with them throughout the pandemic. As we move into 2021, organizations that focus on trust and transparency, wellbeing and upskilling will be ahead of the curve in keeping existing employees happy, and attracting new talent post-pandemic. For more insights on these and other trends in talent sustainability, tune into The Transform Talent Podcast.References https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2019/11/the-future-of-human-resources-2020.html https://www.mercer.com/our-thinking/career/global-talent-hr-trends.html https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/pharmaceuticals-and-medical-products/our-insights/how-us-companies-are-planning-for-a-safe-return-to-the-workplace# ManpowerGroup Skills Revolution Study, 2018 https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/summer2020/pages/upskilling-benefits-companies-and-employees.aspx
Building Soft Skills for a New Normal
Remote work, virtual collaboration and other ways to continue the “new normal” of business while social distancing will continue for the foreseeable future. Some organizations will be transformed entirely as they see how Work from Home and Work from Anywhere policies will become the norm for not just safety, but also providing the flexibility and productivity that employees want from a career. In this new environment, businesses will need to help their workforce learn and grow with the soft skills needed to excel. This benefits both employers and employees, with79% of employees who are offered free training like their jobs versus only 61% who are not offered training. Many of the methods that develop employees in the physical workplace can be adapted to remote work. Here are ways to help employees build soft skills in our new normal. Cultivate Learnability In unpredictable times, we can at least be certain that workers will need to continue to learn new skills and abilities while on the job. In order to meet these new challenges, learnability--the desire and ability to continually learn and grow throughout one's career--is necessary. Cultivating a culture where employees feel like they are constantly learning will not only help motivation, it will also build the soft skills that require constant development.Make it measurableThe expected average timeframe required to upskill workers varies across countries, and ranges from 83 days for companies located in Switzerland, to 105 days for companies located in France. So measuring progress is key. Measuring a goal can take the form of both inputs and outputs. If the goal is to improve leadership throughout the organization, for example, a manager may set a goal of employees posting in a new company chat system as an input metric. Set accountabilityOutput metrics are often associated with performance reviews, which play a part in developing soft skills. But companies can also create output metrics to set accountability. For example, a manager can rate leadership ability before and after a training activity such as joining a committee at work.Another logical question for companies is where training for soft skills will come from, especially with a limited or overextended workforce. On-demand coaching is one way to provide effective soft skills training in today's environment. For example, RightCoach helps organizations build leadership skills, increase employee engagement and improve retention through on-demand, situational coaching. RightCoach's proven technology platform simplifies participant experience with easy–to-use, on-demand, self-service scheduling.COVID-19 has created a dramatic landscape where workplaces need to nurture and support employees, and developing their skills is more important than ever.
Total Workforce Index Finds Opportunities Exist…If You Know Where to Look
Differentiating and diversifying workforce strategies to access the right combination of skills, workforce mix, and labor markets has never been more important and challenging. The previous article, Total Workforce Index Addresses Organizational Challenges Most Impacted by Lack of Growth Talent, examines the business challenges most impact by growth talent and how to leverage market intelligence tools like the Total Workforce Index (TWI) to stay competitive.This article takes a look at three key opportunities uncovered in the latest 2021 TWI analysis and how organizations should respond. Whether an organization’s strategy shapes retention and development of existing talent or plots optimal pathways to new sources of talent, data from the Total Workforce Index can de-risk workforces across more than 200 key factors that relate to the Workforce Supply, Cost Efficiency, Regulation and Productivity in 75 markets around the world.Analysis of the TWI categories reveals three types of labor markets, each with strengths and weaknesses.Mature markets: These 20 markets are home to the largest contingents of growth talent (average 40% skilled workers) and have infrastructures to support upskilling and reskilling; exposed to wage inflation. Incubator markets: There are 16 high-potential markets for Digital Services, Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Energy technologies and they provide an opportunity to balance skilled labor with cost competitiveness. Emerging markets: These are 31 markets with a rising Gen Z/millennial workforce (50% or greater share of total labor pool) but a shortage of skilled talent due to low rates of tertiary education and they require long-term investments. TWI data and insights reveal three key opportunities amidst today's labor market realities, which are impacted differently by market type. Opportunity #1: Elevate Learning as a Core Benefit in all Labor Markets Recent ManpowerGroup research shows workers want learning and reskilling opportunities—meaning companies looking to hire or retain workers should make learning part of their benefits package. The ability to secure talent needed for growth, especially in Emerging markets, is likely to depend increasingly on compensation strategies and skills development offerings.For employers willing to step into the role of educator in Emerging markets, the long-term payoff could surpass Mature markets. If it takes money to make money, investing in your talent could be the greatest investment an organization can make. Emerging markets have half the number (20%) of highly skilled workers as Mature markets (40%) with only 19% of workers aged 25+ having a tertiary education as compared to 39% in Mature markets. Opportunity #2: Segment Incubator Markets to Hedge Wage Inflation in Mature Markets Incubator markets hold the potential to supply highly skilled growth talent to specific fast-growing industries at cost-competitive rates while contributing to longer-term talent sustainability.Opportunities have been identified in three industries: Digital Services, Advanced Manufacturing and Clean Energy. R&D inflows for Incubator countries suggest governments are co-investing to build growth capabilities in these sectors. At the same time, the generational mix indicates a long-term payoff for companies choosing to invest in Incubator markets.Advanced Manufacturing Incubator Markets have a young (39% Gen Z/millennials), highly skilled workforce (33%) with an average monthly wage nearly half ($2,314) that of Mature markets.Targeted investments in Incubator markets will meet the defining talent challenges of the post-pandemic age – namely, accessing industry-specific growth talent in high-potential markets at competitive rates. These are possible medium-term investments that have the potential to bring access to new markets and skills that can boost growth in existing markets. Opportunity #3: Integrate Contingent Labor as an Essential Strategic Sourcing Channel Contingent labor is now an essential sourcing option for companies looking to diversify their skills mix and power their digital shift with growth talent.Demand for contingent work has increased by 9% in the past year , continuing a trend visible in TWI data since 2013. Within that, highly skilled contingent work is especially being utilized in Mature markets. In Mature markets, 40% of contingent work is among highly skilled.In fact, rather than undermining permanent work (as previously feared), contingent labor now augments permanent work and offers access to highly skilled workers who are increasingly moving to contingent work in their search for increased flexibility and autonomy post-pandemic. How to Seize the OpportunitiesMarket intelligence tools such as the Total Workforce Index(TWI) have become a go-to intelligence source that has proven to be a difference-maker in a company’s ability to execute growth strategies.Organizations can also conduct customized analyses with the weightings for data adjusted to factors that drive growth uniquely within a specific industry and market(s). The opportunities for customization are extensive. Download the 2021 summary report or visit the TWI website to explore the data and rankings. Reach out to the Talent Solutions Consulting team to learn more about customizing the TWI for your organization.References Gartner Talent Neuron May 2021
How to Boost Your (and Others’) Emotional Intelligence
Among the various core ingredients of talent and career success, few personal qualities have received more attention in the past decade than emotional intelligence (EQ), the ability to identify and manage your own and others’ emotions. Importantly, unlike most of the competencies that make it into the HR zeitgeist of buzzwords, EQ is no fad.In fact, thousands of academic studies have demonstrated the predictive power of scientific EQ assessments vis-à-vis job performance, leadership potential, entrepreneurship and employability. Moreover, the importance of EQ has been highlighted beyond work-related settings, as higher scores have been associated with relationship success, mental and physical health, and happiness.All this is good news for people with higher EQ. But what can those with lower scores do to improve their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills? Is it possible to increase your own and others’ EQ beyond its natural levels? While Goleman and other popular writers argue that (unlike IQ) EQ is malleable and trainable, EQ is really just a combination of personality traits. Accordingly, it is not set in stone; it is largely heritable, shaped by childhood experiences, and fairly stable over time.This does not mean that the effort put toward sculpting emotionally intelligent behaviors is a waste of time. It simply means that focus and dedication are required. The same goes for helping others to act with EQ when they are not naturally inclined to do so. Here are five critical steps for developing EQ:Turn self-deception into self-awarenessPersonality, and thereby EQ, is composed of two parts: identity (how we see ourselves) and reputation (how others see us). For most people there is a disparity between identity and reputation that can cause them to ignore feedback and derail. Real self-awareness is about achieving a realistic view of one’s strengths and weaknesses and of how those strengths and weaknesses compare to others’. For instance, most people rate their own EQ highly, yet only a minority of those individuals will be rated as emotionally intelligent by others. Turning self-deception into self-awareness will not happen without accurate feedback, the kind that comes from data-based assessments such as a valid personality tests or 360-degree feedback surveys. Such tools are fundamental to help us uncover EQ-related blind spots, not least because other people are generally too polite to give us negative feedback.Turn self-focus into other-focus Paying due attention to others is tantamount to career success. But for those with lower levels of EQ, it’s difficult to see things from others’ perspectives, especially when there is no clear right or wrong way forward. Developing an other-centric approach starts with a basic appreciation and acknowledgement of team members’ individual strengths, weaknesses, and beliefs. Brief but frequent discussions with team members will lead to a more thorough understanding of how to motivate and influence others. Such conversations should inspire ways to create opportunities for collaboration, teamwork, and external networking.Be more rewarding to deal withPeople who are more employable and successful in their career tend to be seen as more rewarding to deal with. Rewarding people tend to be cooperative, friendly, trusting and unselfish. Unrewarding individuals tend to be more guarded and critical; they are willing to speak their minds and disagree openly but can develop a reputation for being argumentative, pessimistic, and confrontational. Although this reputation helps enforce high standards, it’s only a matter of time before it erodes relationships and the support for initiatives that accompany them. It’s important that these individuals ensure an appropriate level of interpersonal contact before tasking someone or asking them for help. Proactively and frequently sharing knowledge and resources without an expectation for reciprocity will go a long way.Control your temper tantrumsPassion and intense enthusiasm can easily cross the line to become moodiness and outright excitability when the pressure’s on. Nobody likes a crybaby. And in the business world, those who become particularly disappointed or discouraged when unanticipated issues arise are viewed as undeserving of a seat at the grown-ups’ table. If you’re one of many people who suffer from too much emotional transparency, reflect on which situations tend to trigger feelings of anger or frustration and monitor your tendency to overreact in the face of setbacks. For example, if you wake up to a bunch of annoying emails, don’t respond immediately — wait until you have time to calm down. Likewise, if someone makes an irritating comment during a meeting, control your reaction and keep calm. While you cannot go from being Woody Allen to being the Dalai Lama, you can avoid stressful situations and inhibit your volatile reactions by detecting your triggers. Start working on tactics that help you become aware of your emotions in real time, not only in terms of how you experience them, but, more important, in terms of how they are being experienced by others.Display humility, even if it’s fakeSometimes it can feel like you’re working on an island managed by six-year-olds. But if you’re the type of person who often thinks, “I’m surrounded by idiots,” then it’s likely that your self-assured behaviors are seen as being arrogant, forceful, and incapable of admitting mistakes. Climbing the organizational ladder requires an extraordinary degree of self-belief, which, up to a certain point, is seen as inspirational. However, the most-effective leaders are the ones who don’t seem to believe their own hype, for they come across as humble. Striking a healthy balance between assertiveness and modesty, demonstrating receptiveness to feedback and the ability to admit one’s mistakes, is one of the most difficult tasks to master. When things go wrong, team members seek confident leadership, but they also hope to be supported and taught with humility as they work to improve the situation. To develop this component of EQ, it is sometimes necessary to fake confidence, and it’s even more important to fake humility. We live in a world that rewards people for hiding their insecurities, but the truth is that it is much more important to hide one’s arrogance. That means swallowing one’s pride, picking and choosing battles, and looking for opportunities to recognize others, even if you feel you are right and others are wrong.While the above recommendations may be hard to follow all the time, you will still benefit if you can adopt them some of the time. Much as with other coaching interventions, the goal here is not to change your personality but to replace counterproductive behaviors with more-adaptive actions — to build new habits that replace toxic tendencies and improve how others perceive you. This is why, when coaching works, it invalidates the results of a personality test: Your default predispositions are no longer evidenced in your behaviors.
How to Create a Playbook for Hybrid Work Success
With 43% of employees saying they won’t return to a 9-5 office schedule, leaders who learn to build a new hybrid environment combining flexibility and structure will meet the challenges of the future.With COVID-19 vaccinations underway around the world, countries are lifting restrictions and companies are developing roadmaps for what the return to work looks like. As 43% of employees say there is no going back to a traditional 9-5 mode , many business leaders are evaluating a new hybrid model that includes both remote and in-office work.Ideally, hybrid work involves the best of both worlds, combining sociability and structure with flexibility and autonomy. Kissflow, a provider of digital workplace services with offices in the U.S. and India, held organization-wide feedback sessions which led to a hybrid model consisting of three weeks of working from anywhere and one week of office-based work. The UK offices of accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers took a slightly different approach with its 22,000 staffers, splitting the week between their home and office with the expectation that employees spend 40-60% of their time with colleagues. Time will tell whether these trial configurations will be successful. But leaders are fully aware that they need to work harder than ever to ensure that expectations are clear and opportunities for collaboration and community building are abundant.Here are four steps your organization can take to develop a playbook for remote work success.Identify roles suitable for remote workAs the pandemic continues, one thing is clear: most employees value the flexibility, productivity and work-life balance they’ve experienced with remote work– and don’t want to lose it. But not every role is a good fit for work-from-home. For example, many workers in healthcare and educational organizations as well as those within the retail and hospitality industries need to be present onsite. Organizational roles fall into a framework of suitability for remote work  from manufacturing and technician positions that require physical presence to customer service and marketing, which can easily adapt to remote.Leaders need to carefully examine each role to decide which ones are best suited to continue off-site and only move ahead with a hybrid work environment if an optimal number of roles can work remotely.Define clear expectations and benefitsThe conventional work schedule – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., five days a week – may be shifting for now, but what, exactly, is the new norm? As businesses scramble to figure out whether they want to incorporate a 3-2-2 model (i.e., three days in the office, two days working remotely and two rest days) or another form, leaders need to set expectations around performance outcomes, team milestones and deliverables that consider team members’ flexible schedules and time zones.Remote work has also escalated the need for employee development, as greater distance and fewer face-to-face interactions heighten the need for stronger communications and morale-building. Employers and workers would benefit greatly from on-demand virtual coaching that creates a culture of resilience and helps build community.Prepare for potential pitfallsThe challenges inherent in transitioning to a hybrid model are on full display at Apple, where employees are currently battling with leadership about remote work policies and timing for the return to the office. Common hybrid work issues that organizations like Apple are dealing with include employee engagement, sustaining culture, ensuring well-being, IT security challenges as well as team building and recruiting.Prudential Financial is also working with its 42,000 employees to manage remote work expectations, including ensuring that all staffers opt for Mondays and Fridays as their work-from-home days. The company has been redesigning its offices to repurpose conference and collaboration spaces to further encourage employee engagement. Rob Falzon, Prudential’s Vice Chair, also insists that video capabilities should be extended throughout the offices so remote team members don’t feel left out.Another pitfall to consider is the gender divide that a hybrid work environment has the potential to create. If businesses set up a schedule to allow remote work, but do not cap the number of days employees come into the office, they could create a system that hurts women and impacts diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. This is mainly because, statistically, women are more likely to prefer remote work to help them balance childcare responsibilities. Remote work will contribute positively towards leveling the workforce playing field for men and women – but only if every voice is heard – whether it’s in the office or via a video call, according to Annette Polaszewski, CEO of Interprefy, a fully remote software company where women make up a slight majority.Provide support structuresAside from the many benefits of remote work, employees cite the top challenges as managing distractions, loneliness, collaboration and communication. That’s why organizations need to make sure they evaluate and update HR and IT processes carefully and frequently for long-term success. HR leaders should lead the development of innovative strategies, including video chat software, phone systems, messaging channels like Slack or an intranet channel. The key is finding that delicate balance between radio silence and constantly reaching out to employees with texts and emails. Hybrid work environments will not be sustainable without investments in collaboration software, such as document sharing portals and more information security controls.All the state-of-the-art tools won’t help if organizations don’t provide leadership training opportunities that help managers empower employees to continue skill-building and career development, no matter where their office is located. 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How to Help Workers Manage Chronic Stress
The chronic stress of facing uncertainty day after day is taking a mental toll, and 2020 is set to be one of the most stressful years in history. Workers are suffering from burnout and loneliness as they manage remote work, affecting morale and productivity. In fact, a recentsurveyby Oracle found that the pandemic has propelled workplace stress, anxiety and burnout. ManpowerGroup Chief Talent Scientist,Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, shares his top leadership tips around how managers can better support their teams. Check-in regularly with the teamMake an effort to schedule time in your colleague’s schedules that includes time for asking “how are you feeling?” A 21st-century leader needs to act as an employee coach and be willing to proactively reach out to employees to check on their emotional well-being. “A leader needs to act as an employee coach and be willing to have open and honest conversations where they can check in with their employees to see what their stress levels are and help support them manage these.”Be aware of manager stress levels Self-awareness helps managers understand how their own stress levels can impact the team. When someone is stressed, they tend to focus on themselves and are unable to care for or support others. Managers need to see themselves in the eyes of others, so to help grow self-awareness, make it easier for the team to provide managers with constructive feedback in a structured way.Practice self-care outside of workSleep well, eat well and exercise. If managers put their own well-being at the center of their daily routine, it will not only help manage their own stress levels but better support the team and their struggles during this pandemic. The goal should be not eliminating stress, but learning how to manage it with a balanced and supported environment. “And while it’s important to have a solid culture, creating a totally stress-free environment with no problems won’t help build a resilient team,” Chamorro-Premuzic said. The silver lining is that stress itself isn’t the enemy, if understood and managed effectively. As Chamorro-Premuzic said, “Some people see stress as a negative, but actually it can lead to many successes. In the workplace, resilience is often built through some form of stress or hardship.” In 2020, this rule is being put to the test like no other time in recent history, but it can be used to come together as stronger teams in the future.
6 Ways to Prep for an Interview
By the time you step into a room for an interview, nothing should come as a surprise. You should be familiar with the company, its strategic goals, the people you’re meeting and your own strengths and weaknesses. Like an athlete training for game day, the interview is a chance to show all your preparation and let your skills shine. To show up ready, here are six ways to prepare for your interview. Research the company and interviewers Prepare a scouting report for yourself. What positions do the people interviewing you hold? Check their LinkedIn profiles or get information from your contacts about them. Find out which issues the company is grappling with and identify the company’s top strategic objectives. Bring supporting materials Show, don’t just tell. Bring a portfolio of your work, even if you haven’t been asked to. If you are interviewing for a higher level position, perhaps you can also bring a draft of a 30-60-90 Day Plan. It must outline what you intend to do when hired, and demonstrate to the hiring manager that you are the best candidate. Prepare answers to common questions Some questions are asked by almost every interviewer you'll encounter. Here's how to answer the most common interview questions. Polish your presentation It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. Pay attention to how you are going to carry your body posture. If you don't display confidence and professionalism during the interview, you will lose a competitive advantage. Practice how you’re going to present eye contact, handshakes and even your listening. Conduct a mock interview Your answers may make sense in your head, but how do they sound when you communicate them? The career center at your college more than likely will have services to conduct a mock job interview. If this service isn’t available, rehearse your answers with a friend during each step of the interviewing process. Have questions Finally, when interviewers give you the opportunity to turn the tables, don't waste it. Know in advance what you want to ask. Here are interview questions to ask hiring managers. Preparing for job interviews includes knowing as much as you can about the company, as well as knowing what you have to offer to help it be more successful. Be prepared. Be confident. Be ready.
How Do You Know What You Are Good At?
As a worker, knowing your skills and talents will help you excel by seeking out and performing in a role that fits your strengths. Knowing yourself requires more than a general sense of intuition about your abilities – it also takes rigorous assessment.The following steps can help you identify what you have to offer.Find out what drives youA majority of millennials say purpose is a priority in their career. This is important to know in assessing, because where there is passion, the drive to succeed, learn and improve follows. Ask yourself what you would do if a paycheck wasn’t on the line. Nurture this curiosity and desire to explore new things, which translates into Learnability, and continual improvement.Identify what’s not workingOn the opposite spectrum, you should identify what you don’t like doing at work, or even if you hate your job. This is likely to be correlated with poor performance. Is the problem to do with your tasks and responsibilities? Or is your low job satisfaction more to do with a difficult boss or coworker? If the problem is your duties, try taking a career assessment questionnaire or seeking out the help of a career consultant. These can help you identify roles in other industries that you may not have considered. If the problem is your boss, you may solve the issue by transitioning to to another department or into another role within the organization.Seek outside perspectiveYou may feel like you know yourself better than anyone else, but you’re not necessarily the most objective evaluator of your own skills. Instead, you can view yourself through the eyes of an employer by taking a professional skills or personality assessment and leverage the results to identify your strengths. Similarly, you can find a career coach to help you better understand your value to employers. Finally, ask your boss, a co-worker, or trusted friend to provide you with feedback.In the end, knowing where you excel – and where you fall short – requires a blend of both introspection and external help and input. Knowing where your true talent lies will help nurture and grow where you have the most potential, and where you can thrive right now.
Why Managers Need to Have Regular Career Conversations
There’s a huge amount of digital advancement that’s coming into the workforce today. The only way that organizations can be well prepared for this future of work is by upskilling and expanding, acquiring skills to stay relevant and preparing to think about what the jobs of the future will look like.To do that, managers need to start talking. Research by Right Management found that two-thirds of managers are failing to support their employees’ career development. But as we think about developing the workforce of tomorrow, career conversations today are crucial.One of the ways to enable a learning culture is by involving managers. We know from research that in an organization, managers set the tone and model the behavior that learning is a priority.Organizations need to invest in employee development for their workforce to be better prepared for this future. It’s not just for today, it’s preparing for tomorrow.Embedding career conversations into a company’s organizational cultureThere are two main benefits to having regular career conversations: They help enable a learning culture, and there is a direct correlation with higher employee engagement and productivity. In a Right Management survey, 82% of respondents said they would be more engaged in their work if their managers would have regular career conversations with them.If managers are not having their career conversations, employees are not going to see growth and they won’t know what opportunities to explore. Organizations will lose those employees because they are not in sync with their aspirations. Managers play an important role to really take ownership of their career.There is a positive relationship to employee engagement and career conversations on a regular basis. You have higher productivity and engaged employees, because workers are thinking about becoming a better version of themselves. When employees actively think about career aspirations, then productivity, engagement and higher retention is the outcome.Stages of the career journeyOne way to visualize a career is through the idea of learning journeys. A new employee has a learning journey, and so does someone who has been at the organization for 10 or 20 years. They just have different training needs at different times.The softer skills are important, but at certain stages learning is also around functional and technical abilities that need to be absorbed on the job. What thinking about careers as a learning journey can accomplish is mapping and integrating softer skills and technical skills over time, and visualizing how that will come together.What a manager can do is help employees understand where they are in the learning journey for their career. In the short term and the long run, that benefits everyone.