Tough To Find Skills You May Have That Companies Are Looking For

It may come as a surprise to you as a job seeker, but employers are ready to fight for the industries top talent to make sure they have the professionals they need to grow and succeed as a company. That means they are eager to hire employees just like you. But oftentimes they are having a hard time finding the right person for the job.

Part of the reason behind that is simply the range of technical experience and skills which they are currently looking for. Many jobs require very specific technical experience, and employers tend to default to candidates who have that experience in just the way they expect it to be presented.

Probably the most important thing you can do to address the skills gap is to confront it head-on. That means acknowledging the existence of a possible gap, and planning and communicating how you expect to address the issues within the new position. Employers know that candidates are unlikely to know all the ins and outs of a new job right off the bat. Candidates who refuse to acknowledge the issue of a skills gap are unable to provide the assurances that businesses need when it comes to transitioning new employees into a critical position. Show prospective employers that you understand their position and provide a game plan for reducing that transition time for increased confidence in your abilities.

Beyond that, there are several key job skills that employers are actively looking for that you may already have.

Here’s a look at those tough to find skills that may just win you the job


Project Management

The most in-demand skill for almost any industry is project management. These skills are considered essential to the success of a company. Project management skills include organizational skills, communication skills, and delegation skills to make sure the project gets done on time and on budget. Being able to effectively delegate to make sure the right people are working on the right amounts of a project is a big part of managing your people and your resources. This means being able to trust in other people and their abilities, otherwise, you will only end up micromanaging or simply doing all the work yourself. These skills are naturally earned through working closely with project leads, and even pursuing your own passion projects.

Team-Building and Soft Skills

Teams are how companies accomplish their goals effectively. Without the support of a team, no company would not be able to do what they need to do. And team building is a big need from an employer’s perspective. Making sure a team is functional and effective takes work, as is keeping the lines of communication wide open.

Social Media Skills

Social media has become more and more of a professional tool. It’s particularly relevant from a marketing perspective. Having a solid understanding of the popular social media platforms and how they impact day to day business is a definite bonus for your administrative resume. Corporate social media outreach is often a task assigned to clerical staff when there is a lack of otherwise skilled staff. It is important for admins to understand how best to interact on social media from a corporate perspective. This can include translating long-form content into short-form content for social media, managing editorial calendars, and creating a consistency of message across multiple platforms.

Collaboration Software

Collaboration software is becoming more and more critical to successful project management today. Programs like Google Drive and Microsoft SharePoint allow people to access and modify content without loss of document control and encouraging remote access to critical information and tools. Admins should understand how these programs are used, and should be able to access information within these databases to provide support for other staff members as needed.

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Tips For Getting Your Security Clearance

As a contractor, it can be very rewarding to pursue and obtain a security clearance. This helps differentiate you from your competition, and many non-government employers find it helpful in gauging whether you are a trustworthy and committed employee. Here are a few tips to help you ensure you have what you need to get cleared.

3 Tips To Get Your Security Clearance


1. Keep Track of Where You’ve Been …

Traveling outside of the U.S. is good for your broader employment experience and education, but it’s important to have all that information logged somewhere you can refer to as you go through the background searches required for security clearance. Extensive time abroad can, in fact, lengthen the clearance process.

All time spent outside of the US in the last ten years must be reported (unless you were on US government business). Record the day, month, and year when you begin and end a trip. Keeping up with where you live is just as important as travel, especially if you stayed in a place for 90 or more days. Document all your addresses and maintain the contact information of your landlord to use as a reference as well.

Keeping track as you go will help you accurately recount these details without having to chase them down when time is of the essence. Even if you spend time in a place without formal street addresses (such as Peace Corps service in a remote village), write down any indicators that will enable an investigator to confirm your information.

2.   …And Who You Know

The people you have relationships with, especially while abroad, can also impact your clearance process. Hiring agencies researching your clearance case need to know about all your interactions with non-US citizens. As you build relationships with people from outside the country, make a note of the day, month and year when you began contact, as well as your most recent contact with them. As much as possible, research their affiliations with foreign governments or employers. If you have a member of your immediate family serve as a consultant, intern or employee for a foreign agency, you will need to disclose those contacts and contracts.

While this can be especially difficult if you travel extensively, or if you have family or friends living abroad, focus on those with whom you have had the closest ties or most interaction with over the last seven years. That will give the researchers the information they need as they clearance process proceeds.

3. Maintain Relationships

An important part of background investigations are built on gathering information to determine whether you are a reliable, trustworthy individual, of good conduct and character, and loyal to the U.S. That means that your security clearance depends heavily on the relationships you have with friends, colleagues, roommates, or other associates whose combined association with you covers at least the last seven years. These individuals will be called on to speak knowledgeably about you, your character, and your activities. They cannot be family members, and ideally, they should currently live in the U.S.

When preparing for a security clearance background check, select people from different parts of your life and career. These individuals should speak to your conduct outside of the U.S. as well as here at home. If it’s needed, prepare your contacts by reminding them of when you first met, what activities you did together, and what you’ve been doing since you met. That little extra preparation can help make sure they are ready to answer the questions the background check will require them to answer accurately and fully.

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Here Are the 3 Things You Need To Make Excellent Career Choices

Your career is likely one of the most important aspects of your life. It’s more than what you do day to day, your career is what you work toward, what you’re passionate about, what you feel accomplished in, and what is fulfilling to you. Sometimes making good career choices can be challenging though. We never know what the future may hold, but here are 3 things you need to keep in mind to help navigate your own career path to the best of your ability, and achieve that lifelong success that you are searching for.

1) Always Be Networking

Whether you consider yourself to be an expert networking professional or someone who is still working on that skill, networking is a critical part of your career success. Practice makes perfect, and taking every opportunity to practice will make you a pro before you even know it. While the skills you will need to be good at networking do come naturally to some, but they are also skills that are easy to learn. The basics include communicating well about your professional experience and your goals, being friendly and memorable to the people you speak with, and most of all listening to what your networking partner has to say as well. You never know where your next big break will come from so make sure you are always looking for opportunities to make meaningful professional connections, wherever you are.

2) Keep Learning New Skills

Professional development is something that can be very important to your long-term career growth. Industries are always changing, technology in particular seems to be making big differences across generations of workers. For those not able or willing to keep up with the latest trends or information are sure to fall behind. Seek out learning opportunities. Read books, listen to podcasts, take an online course, enroll in a certificate program. Whatever level of ongoing education you have time and space for in your life, do that. Because every year a new class graduates with the latest skills and a deep knowledge base that may disrupt your entire industry. Stay on your toes, keep your mind engaged, and keep learning new skills to remain relevant and competitive in your industry.

3) Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New

Sometimes we get too comfortable in our jobs. We come to know the work well, are confident in our ability to do the job, know the people well, and feel we are important to the success of the company we work for. But if you stay in the same job without room to grow in responsibility or impact, then you are inevitably selling yourself short. Sometimes people are afraid to take the leap, leave their job and try something new, and are inevitably disappointed by the very career they have built for themselves. Don’t avoid a challenge just because it’s going to be different. Rise to the occasion. Test your own limits. Look for the work that energizes you every day, and if you can’t find that job, create it.

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Interviewing 2.0 – Upgrade Your Interview Skills With These Tips

Interviews can be a challenge for even the most experienced candidates. But with these top tips, you’ll be ready to impress at your next interview.

Tip #1. Do your Homework

Before you walk through the door to your interview, you should not only know the job description forward and backward, but you should also be prepared to eloquently and succinctly explain how your previous work experiences have prepared you for the requirements and duties of the job. You should also read up on the company you are interviewing with.

Tip #2. Be On Time

Just about the worst thing you can do in an interview is be late. Make every effort to arrive on time, if not early, to your appointment. This may require planning your commute more effectively and even familiarizing yourself with the meeting location beforehand.

Tip #3. Dress to Impress

First and foremost, look to how you present yourself in an interview. People evaluate your professionalism based on how you are dressed. Interview attire should be more formal than what you likely would wear to work in the job you are applying for. In most cases this means a suit and tie for men, and equally formal attire for women. Keep accessories and perfumes to a minimum, and do what you can to model the culture of the company in your attire.

Tip #4. Boost your Confidence

Body language plays a big part in how you are perceived in an interview setting as well. To give yourself a boost of confidence before meeting with your interviewer, try out a few power poses and stretch your face muscles so you are less stiff on the onset of your meeting. Do what you can to calm your nerves and remind yourself that you are a great fit for the job.

Tip #5. Call on your Network

Do you have a connection in your professional network that can give you a few pointers on the job you are applying to? A little insider information can go a long way toward preparing yourself for the interview. If you know someone who works for the company you are applying to, or who knows the hiring manager, it can be very helpful to ask for advice or more information about the position prior to the big day.

Tip #6. Come Prepared

Make sure you have all the materials and information you need well ahead of your interview day. If you are bringing any examples of past work or copies of your resume along to the meeting, make sure you have what you need well before you are asked to present them. Also, double check meeting locations and directions to make sure you are able to arrive on time and well prepared.

Tip #7. Practice, Practice, Practice

Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, make sure you practice your interview skills. You can do this with a friend or family member, or even just in front of a mirror. That practice will help you hit your key points when you are put on the spot.

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