David Feldman

Why and How to Remain Employable

Blog Post created by David Feldman Champion on Jan 28, 2016

Today’s job market is becoming more and more competitive every day. Saying that you have the right qualifications and work experience don’t seem to cut it anymore and “job stability” is almost a term of the past.  In such an environment it has never been more important to keep your skills polished and eyes open, because you never know what the future holds.  Things change rapidly, and overnight a situation you thought was stable, can leave you stranded on a ledge. If or when that happens, you’ll be relieve that you took time to improve your employability.

Improve Your Skills

Regardless of whether or not you have the highest level of education, you need to constantly working to sharpen your skills.  Regardless of your career path, whether you’re an accountant, marketer, personal assistant, business owner, event planner, entrepreneur, teacher, or you haven’t defined it yet, it’s absolutely crucial for you to understand current trends, changing technology, legislation, media channels, and social shifts. Pink Petro is a perfect resource for this.  In this era, having an impressive degree in business is deemed almost useless if you don’t know how to use social media and the latest technology. Stay on top of what’s changing in your area of expertise. You can take a course online or read online articles.  Whatever it is, just use the tools at your disposal to stay current.

Learn Something New

Whether you’re a small business owner or an important executive, stay open to learning something new. It should even be one of your goals for this year. For example, learning a new language can be highly valuable. Perhaps you’re a natural creative who’s simply never tried her hand at making something?  Have you always wanted to try yoga but never got around to it?  Whatever it is you have a talent for, try it out. You never know where it could take you. It’s also great when networking, such hobbies are interesting conversation starters.

Asset Diversification

We’ve all heard the financial advice of diversifying our stock portfolios.  It’s time to start thinking of yourself as a valuable commodity to be diversified as well.  Avoid putting all your eggs in one basket, and remember that diversification and portable skills in today’s economy are key.  Whether you’re currently loving your current job or constantly on the lookout for a new one, look beyond what you’re used to.  Try branching out to develop and build knowledge in other areas.  Work to build other streams of income.  Write. Sell. Council. Design. Promote. You name it… it’s time to diversify as a strategy for long term success.

Resume Updates

While there are few people who enjoy doing this, it’s something you should try doing it at least once a year. Think about what you can add to your skills and work experience. What new hobby or voluntarism project have you started doing that employers will find interesting? If you find you don’t have much to add as you update your resume each year, this could be a sign that you are getting complacent and should proactively work to build your resume for next year’s update!

As you follow the steps above you’ll find yourself well respected in your current position, and also ready for the next opportunity as it presents itself.  It’s important to improve your employability as you go through your career and get older.  Like the old saying goes, “When the time for performance arrives, the time for preparation is past.”