Tips for Developing New Skills at Your Current Job


Whatever your goals for the future, expanding your skills in your current position will help you achieve them.

No doubt about it, your current job is the best place to develop yourself for the future.  Whether you plan on earning a higher position at your current job or are using it to gain experience for a brighter future, expanding your skill sets no doubt will help you get there!

Accept your weaknesses; grow your strengths.

  • All too often we think:  “If I get better at that thing that always seems to hold me back, then I will be successful.” Here’s a secret: there is always room to improve, but our time is better spent growing our amazing strengths than fretting about our weaknesses. I’ll say it again – there are some things we will never be great at and that’s okay.  There are ALL KINDS of strengths you bring to your job every day and your time is better used discovering, exploring and feeding these.
  • Get to know yourself.  Take an assessment like the Strengths Finder or DISC surveys to find out where you naturally excel and how your team can best support you.  This could give you an edge as your team is planning its projects for the year.

Be bold; seek challenges.

The greatest skill you can develop is a willingness to take stuff on that you normally wouldn’t.  Doing this draws attention, builds experience and helps people consider you for a variety of projects.  I can speak from experience as I just recently put myself in a challenging role that is not easy.  I helped myself accept this challenge by doing some geeky but helpful things.

  • I Googled affirmations that I then wrote down.  Not only does it help to have positive messages around you, but when you write them yourself it helps you internalize them even more.  “I am funny and people enjoy my wit.”  “I am at my best when I am presenting.”  “I enjoy influencing others.”
  • I made a playlist.  Don’t underestimate the power of music.  This might only work for some situations like going into a job interview or leading a presentation, but I find it can kick my butt in gear like nothing else!
  • I didn’t give myself an out.  My only expectation was that I did it – not that I was perfect and not that I did it better than someone else but that I accomplished what I set out to accomplish.

Develop hard skills; learn a tool.

  • Tools are resume buzz words.  Forbes.com says that 80% of a recruiter's time – just 6 seconds – is spent looking at just these things on your resume:
    • Name
    • Current title / company
    • Previous title / company
    • Previous position, start and end dates
    • Current position, start and end dates
    • Education

The other 20% is scrolling for keywords that align with the job they’re hiring for.  This is why developing hard skills in the field you are interested in is time well spent.  Teaching yourself or getting formally trained on a new tool holds huge credibility.  Select a job – research what technologies help these professionals be efficient – and do whatever you can to start learning it.  Hint: Lynda.com is an amazing resource with a gigantic database of tutorials.  Another hint: YouTube is amazing too!

Written by Briana Malrick

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