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How did you become competent ?

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Are you a magnificent manager? A talkative trainer who tantalizes your audiences to talk ? Are you an effective editor? How about your articulate accountant? Any proficient production workers out there? How did you become competent?

If you by chance took your basic college education or used the skills from a certification program and started in an entry-level program, that is okay. But really, if you were not doing your job, you would not have been able to keep it for 1 year, 5 years or for sure 10 to 15 years. So, reach back into your memory of work-related experiences and think about how you became competent?

Now you have some concrete examples, let's explore them a bit. Which explanation suits your experience best:

  • #1 You started in an entry-level position and the janitor, who was a high school dropout, helped you to understand the politics of the real world and you started to pay attention. You no longer behaved as a wet-behind-the ears-young adult, but you adjusted your work attire and added a few power suits to your wardrobe and found a mentor to guide you through all of the ins and outs of the university. You are now an assistant administrator and you became competent with the assistance of your mentor.
  • #2 You started a job as a typist or receptionist. Because of your hard work and efficiency in that position, you were given a promotion as unit secretary. As a well-organized machine, you collaborated just well enough to participate in community events at work. Your desire to be a benefit to the company as well your exquisite organization skills drew the attention of key shareholders in the company, who inquired about your skills. When challenged, you exceeded their expectations and now you are a personal executive assistant to the president, CEO or CFO.
  • #3 As a stay at home mom or dad, you used your passion for helping out by serving as a Mary Kay Consultant (Avon Representative will do as well). You served your clients with the best customer service and now you have 10 consultants who work for you. You drive the pink Cadillac, red mustang or black Mercedes to prove it !

So now that you realize that you really are strong, talented, competent and beneficial to the workforce, what shall you do with that information:

  1. Develop a one-page website from Share your knowledge.
  2. Promote your skills via social media sites in the USA and abroad.
  3. Continue to share tidbits of knowledge, best practices and success tips via twitter.

As you prove your competence, you are sure to find those who lack said skill level and would be willing to hire you to consult with them. = You are now in business! I hope that you have found this tidbit of information helpful. Please take a look at the video, "How to Compete as a Job Seeker".

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