Doing everything doesn’t get you hired

The Author Bernard Marr, in a recent post, proposed the list of which skills will get you hired.

Before going through it, it is worth to keep in mind that these lists may not be always valid in all countries and cultures. We have to consider the possibility that in our own country the list might be slightly different.

Nevertheless, this is a good starting point to think about ourselves and evaluate if we are investing in developing our skills so we can have more chances during our next job interview.

The list is the following one (the original post can be found following this Link):

Ability to work in a team structure
Ability to make decisions and solve problems
Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
Ability to obtain and process information
and also:

Ability to analyze quantitative data
Technical knowledge related to the job
Proficiency with computer software programs
Ability to create and/or edit written reports
Ability to sell and influence others

It is well worth to highlight that, although not all the lines are comparable one to each other because of a different dimension and nature, there are a lot of skills of attitude (teamwork, communication, writing, sell ideas, influence others), some skills of methodology (problem solving, decision making, planning, prioritisation) and just only one skill of techicality, specific for the job.

A lot of attitude, some methodologies and a bit of technicality.

A lot of attitude, some methodologies and just a bit of technicality.

Attitude, Methods and a bit of Technicality, full stop.

We should stop and think about this proportion. Even though the technical skill may weight more than just one-tenth and it is probably mandatory, we cannot ignore all the other skills. Not anymore. Some of the skills are universal, and one is specific, and the only specific skill is not “to be able in doing everything”.

It looks like who is recruiting is going to hire people who know how to adapt to everything, not people who know how to do everything.

The only sure thing about future is change“, this is what we’ve been told at university. Looks like this desire to hire adaptive resources may be the visible part of this process. It is much better to hire people who are able to adapt instead of people who may have just strong vertical skills to offer. This make sense, who can say how much every single employment we know as of today will last in the future?

We may like this or not. It may be the criteria which will dirve the our next interview or not. To this point that’s meaningless.

There are so many personal improvement points in the list, so we have no other choices to go on working on ourselves for the rest of our days.

Should the focus go on problem solving, on communication, on planning or on how to influence others, well…. to that point feel free to drop me an email as we are having some passions in common.


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