A popular concept in career counselling circles is transferable skills. It means that you develop skills in one field or job that could be transferred to another field or job. This is not bad advice, just incomplete.
While it is important to master skills you can transfer to other fields and jobs, it is vitally important to know which skills to learn. If you have mastered low-value skills, then, yes, they would transfer but you will probably struggle to find a good job.
When looking at necessary job skills, you must focus on financially valuable skills. These are skills that employers desperately need and seek out. When you identify what these skills are and work towards mastering them, you will have ample job opportunities in multiple fields.
What are some of these financially valuable skills?
When the Information Age arrived, technology and computer skills were essential. These skills are still valuable, but a lot more people have them now and basic computer skills are expected of the modern-day job applicant.
Skills required for the new world of work are what have often been called “soft skills”. These are skills that are a little harder to define but involve interaction with other people.
At the end of the day, no matter how much technology advances, business is still people to people. One of the common observations about younger-generation employees is that they are very talented in technology but often lack interpersonal abilities. So, all that texting may not be as cool as you think, if it keeps you from learning how to properly interact with other people.
If you can develop and master the ability to lead and motivate and work with people, no matter what work you are in, you will be successful.
Here are a few financially valuable skills to work on:
When you know how to solve problems for your company or your employer, you cannot help but be perceived as valuable. Your company spends huge amounts of time and resources dealing with employee problems and this distracts from the business they are doing.
So, if you actually solve problems instead of adding to them, you will stand out.
2. Customer service
Many people think of customer service as low on the job scale, but as a business owner myself, I do not look at it in this manner at all.
Customer service is essential to a healthy business. It is also a way for a business to stand out in a crowded marketplace because so many businesses do not seem to care. So, if you start valuing customer care, you will again put yourself up a notch.
3. Sales and marketing
If you work hard to figure out how your company makes a profit and then work out how your job fits in with that cash flow, you will be noticed.
This is not easy to do, but even if you don’t consider yourself a typical salesman, you can still learn ways to help grow your company. Who do you think has more job security — the employee who thinks the company exists to give him a job or the employee who works diligently to figure out how her job directly brings profit to the company?
It is sometimes hard to give specifics about what exactly financially valuable skills are, but when you look at your skills and your resumé through the filter of valuable skills, you will have much more success in your work life.