Time and time again, I often feel that I say very similar things to most hard working parents, singles and mid-life workers who are the backbone of our workforce. They have excellent work habits, including integrity, honesty, skilled labor and enthusiasm to go that extra mile. Unfortunately, most of them suffer from a mild case of "see what had happened was...". They tend to think that if they shared their sad story about being stuck in a job that they don't like, their fear of advancing or reaching out to the next level or information about their struggling financial situation, that these stories will help me to point them in the direction of an upwardly mobile, more responsible and highly financially rewarding position. NOT !
Not only will these things not help me, but they impede the process of facilitating a wonderful discussion about the opportunities that exist for rising professionals who have accessed their skills, personal passions and targeted career goals. First and foremost, a small bit of time is spent on rehearsing terminology that will now be used while in the crevices of positive, faith filled words needed to help prepare workers for their next career and professional journey.
Let's go back to our grade school spelling words. We will now give you your spelling list and define each concept to help motivated job-seekers and career changers. There will be a test on Friday.
Subject Matter Expert- After working for any length of time, a mid-season worker should have developed some competency. If nothing else, safety, hazardous chemicals or troubleshooting should be one of your key competencies. If nothing else, you should be aware of what happens when things go wrong on the job or what happens to prevent things from going wrong. Now which types of these on the job duties do you enjoy the most? This may very well become one area in which you are a subject matter expert. Expertise is a key element to help workers transfer into proficient professionals. Now let's speak the terminology of a seasoned subject matter expert.
Skilled Labor - If you are a cook, chef, tailor, production worker, administrator or bank worker, you possess skills. Take your job description and practice to yourself the key terms that are specific to your industry. See the occupational outlook handbook and look at the job descriptors for your profession. Which ones of these skills are transferable to your ideal career? Now let's speak the terminology of a hard working skilled worker and see if we can't turn you into a professional.
Strategic Problem Solver - Surely after 90 days on the job, you know how to solve a safety problem, on the job crisis, dispute between two or more co-workers or an online customer. Do you enjoy helping out? Are you proficient in helping resolve these issues? Which ones of these are your favorites? Now let's speak the terminology of a motivated worker who solve problems while at work.
Team Player - If you can't work with a team, you might as well quit while you are ahead. How many team members have you worked with to get a job done. How did you help the team to become more cohesive? What were the benefits of your collaborative efforts? Did you save the company money, resources or labor? If so, did you enjoy the process? Now you are a benefit to your future career area or job. Let's speak the terminology of a motivated, skilled, determined team player and see if we can find a company who can use your subject matter expertise.
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