Which means that if you want to remain relevant and continue to increase your value, you are going to have to learn skills outside of your field. These are five skills that you should pick up because your earning potential will soon drop.
1. Learn to Build a Community.
Yes, the reality is, social media everywhere and in everything, the same way that email became necessary over 10 years ago. 90% of messages are sent via social media link, according to The Pinnacle Group, a New York City think tank. Only ten percent are now sent via email. So we are already at that tipping point where it is necessary for you to learn social media or go home. People who are exceptional with social media can build a community around themselves in order to get jobs, promotions, and help their company.
2. Build Bridges.
Those who change jobs frequently are building a wider skill set and bigger network, both of which will make them more employable. Job hopping will enable you to create series of bridges as you move between them. The workplace no longer provides security in jobs, but you can provide security for yourself by creating a dynamic career where you move from job to job enhances your experience and skills. You can develop contacts and build relationships outside of a job, but if people don’t get the chance to work with you, then they vouch for your ability to work. Likewise, if you work in a company where people tend to job hop, you can build this wide network by keeping in touch with them once they have gone to another company. The best way to build a wide network is to work with a wide range of people.
3. Commit to learning.
The most difficult aspect of this quickly moving information age is how quickly your skills and ability become obsolete. You must constantly continue to learn, so that you are less likely to become unemployable. The more you can adapt and recognize shifts in markets the better off you will be.
It will be less about how old you are and more on how open you are to new ways of communicating. Aim to be opened to acquire new skills, widen your network, and adapt to new ways of thinking
Your resume, should reflect a significant, positive impact wherever you work, and you should leave in your wake a swarm of happy managers and co-workers who felt lucky to be on projects with you. That’s how strong the performance of a good job hopper is.
4. Make your Personal Brand.
Build a community with a clear sense of who you are, people will feel more connected to you if you do. Give the clear understanding of where your place is in your industry. Now, that employers can Google you before they meet you, it’s important to show a good front page of those search results.
Which means it’s vital to have updated LinkedIN and Facebook profiles, and if you have ideas to share, you can have a blog as well. It is really important to have a sense of who you are; what you are good at and where you are going. Things can change, which they always do, but having your own elevator pitch helps. You must understand who you are and what you do, so that everyone else will too. You are work in progress, and this will help you maneuver through the workplace.
5. Information processing.
Do you remember the term “information overload”? Well that went out of fashion when hipsters made productivity blogs one of the most popular genre of blogs, and time management books hit the bestseller list on the New York Times. Now, you are in a knowledge market, where knowledge workers trade on their ability to process information faster in more collaborative ways that are innovative that their ideas stand out above the rest. Information processing requires a clear understanding of one’s priorities, and an insatiable curiosity.
Endow yourself with these five tips and keep yourself marketable no matter what your age.