How to Develop Your Skills at Work
You’re always going to learn something new about yourself and the work you do when you always put yourself out there. If your boss asks who would be interested in gathering information for the next project, your hand should be up in the meeting. Yes, that sounds like a nerve wracking thing to do that other colleagues in the room would rather shy away from but accepting a new challenge is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills.
Doing it afraid always keeps you alert and very active. Sure, you will make mistakes but you’d be a much better skilled up worker compared to the version of you who never bothered to raise your hand in the first place.
5. LinkedIn Power
Another sure way to develop your skills is through LinkedIn. Don’t be intimidated if everyone seems to have it all figured out. The truth is, they don’t. Depending on what you’re looking for, LinkedIn has provided different available avenues to develop your skills.
Based on your interests, you could commit to preparing weekly posts about your work life as an intern, volunteer or paid worker. Creator mode allows you to grow your influence. You can add links to the introduction section of your profile to drive traffic to your content or website. Then there’s LinkedIn Learning, a great opportunity to upgrade your talent as you are taught by experts in various fields. It’s a world of opportunities waiting to be explored. Weekly commitment always creates room for improvement.
Apart from reaching out to the hiring manager directly, have you also noticed how talent acquisition specialists actually hire the right fit for the job? The key is to use LinkedIn as the platform to show off your skills. Show up. Consistency is key.
6. Receive Feedback
If you really want to know if you’re improving your skills, always give room for receiving feedback. It’s essential to thriving in a work environment because that way, not only will you get a much needed confidence boost, but you’d be much more encouraged to keep developing yourself.
Feedback gives you the opportunity to listen to your supervisor, your colleagues or your client after all the hard work. If they really enjoyed your work and they’re given the opportunity to speak out, chances are, they’d want to keep working with you. Even if you’re work wasn’t top notch, pausing to hear them out will give you the right mindset to go back to the drawing board to try better for next time.
Look at it this way, if you don’t allow room for feedback, you’ll keep wondering why your supervisor doesn’t want to give you more challenging and interesting work, why no colleague wants to collaborate with you or why client X never came back.
We at Compaira would really love to see you level up in your career. These very concrete in-your-face steps will get you out of your comfort zone and challenge you to be better with your skills and work better with people.