How to Develop Your Skills at Work

How to Develop Your Skills at Work
As an aspiring job seeker/worker in today’s world, you would have to invest a lot of attention to talent acquisition. With an increased demand for working from home, hybrid and in-person roles from job posting sites, you simply cannot afford to relax on your current skill sets.

Here are six very rewarding ways to level up in developing your skills:
1. Volunteering:  seeking a role as a volunteer takes the pressure off you and gives you enough breathing space to receive step by step guidance from your supervisor.  Since most volunteer roles are unpaid, you’re working for the experience and that’s an important step in the right direction. 

Many companies eliminate the possibility of working with candidates with great potential when the firm seeks specific work experience that to the job-seeker, is simply non-existent because he hasn’t been given a chance to work. Taking up a volunteering role as a graphics designer, content writer or customer service representative helps you to build up that much needed experience.

Compaira is one of many great job posting sites that offers the opportunity for you to develop your skills through volunteering.  Would you like to work with us? If your answer is yes, check out our recruitment link and allow us to hold your hand as you seek to learn and grow in your field of interest. 

2. Networking: Being isolated has some advantages but isolation doesn’t do you any good if you’re not meeting new people and learning from their work experience. In fact, it’s a quick way to learn something new when you’re reading about or watching content of the good, the bad and the ugly experiences of recruiters, employees and job seekers.
For instance let’s say you have a job in data entry but you’re not quite confident you have enough skills, you can interact with data entry specialists who post periodic videos giving a detailed breakdown on how to use Excel and Power Query.  

There’s so much you can learn just by reaching out and asking questions. Take advantage of your network. You’d be surprised that people are more than willing to help you with the right answers. Talent acquisition doesn’t have to be a difficult experience.

3. Be Guided By A Mentor
Having a mentor is like having a lifebuoy in today’s raging sea of competitive work. Hold on tight and you’ll get saved from a whole lot of stress and disappointment. A mentor will show you mistakes to avoid on-the-job because he/she has been through most of the problems. 

Having the right mentor will stir you in the right direction of your short and long term goals. By asking you questions along the journey of developing your skills, your mentor will help you with much needed clarity for your career.

A mentor can give you the tips and tricks you need to solve that problem you would have painfully struggled to figure out on your own. For the most part, it’s no longer difficult to get the right mentor that aligns with your skill sets. Thought leaders and very credible influencers are sharing more of their work experience on different social media platforms. It’s simply a matter of finding the right one(s).
4. Always Show Up 

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.

At Compaira - we want a world where everyone has the chance to progress; we will provide the connections to do this simply and without bias.

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. 

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