Employment Trends

Top 4 Skills That Will Make You Eternally Employable

Written by Peter Jones

There seem to be four things that set people apart from their peers throughout the course of their careers. Most job success comes from constant development of yourself as an employee and also as a leader. To help yourself along this path, it’s always a good idea first to assess your strengths and career personality.

Once you have a good sense of your strengths, you’ll be able to take on greater responsibility, identify and correct your weaknesses, and take the risks that will help you grow in your life and your career. You’ll be able to work to develop the key traits of courage, authenticity, and humility. You’ll learn to be confident, not arrogant. And you’ll find yourself getting rewarded and recognized for the good work you’re doing.

There are four core skills that will make you eternally employable:

  1. Executing, or making things happen. Sure, everyone can have great ideas, but do you have the drive and energy to get it done?
  2. Influencing, or reaching a broader audience for yourself and as a team. Do you have the personal skills to reach out and hype people up in order to make a change or complete a project in the best way possible?
  3. Relationship Building, or networking and holding your team together. Companies are looking for people who they don't have to worry about. Are you good in a group? Do you have the ability to assess who is good at what tasks, and then motivate them to get the job done?
  4. Strategic Thinking, or looking to the future and always thinking about possibilities. All companies want to grow. If you want to get hired, it's up to you to prove you have the ideas and creativity to take the current level and kick it up a notch (or two).

These four strength categories cover a wide range of smaller strengths, but can be extremely useful in developing your self in your career. Remember, people can and do succeed with two out of four. But great leaders are strong on all four fronts. Try working to build each category up as often as you can and see what a difference it can make in your life and on the job.

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