For honoring the class of 2014, Webucator, Inc. requested me to write a piece on the most marketable skill. The questions given to me were thought-provoking and sought after honest, not mumbo-jumbo, answers. For example, I was asked “what is essential for success;” “what skill is personally important;” and “what is the call for action to…implement it?”
From previous paragraph, in bold, I have highlighted the most marketable skill, which is “implement,” that most job seekers seem to lack, or are unaware of how important it is to have it. “What projects have you implemented?,” or a similar question, will be what stoops job seekers with no or little experience in implementation during interviews. Hence, implementation skills are crucial and can provide an overview of job seekers’ attributes in a nut-shell to the interviewers. Keep in mind that interviewers do not like their time wasted on someone that does not qualify for the job.
What is essential for success?
In your shoes, I have been! I also share the experiences and struggles in finding jobs and matching my qualifications to job preferences. Sometimes, I feel that I am going no where in this job-seeking process. Then, when I get interviews, there are no job offers. The cycle just continues and drives me crazy! Believe me. I know. Hopefully, my experiences can prevent you from wasting energy on job announcements that may not be for you. Here is what you can do:
- take inventory of your skills
- explain how you developed and implemented those skills
- relate your implementation experiences to job preferences
- decide if you have met more than 80% of job description
- narrow down your job search based on your implementation experiences
- be creative and find ways to span your implementation skills
What personally makes implementation today’s most marketable skill?
Without my implementation skills, I may have not been hired as a bioinformatics analyst. My independent research writing project has led me to apply to Innovative Products Research & Services, Inc. based on my prior implementation experiences involving proteomics data management and research. Let your projects do most of the “talking.” To remember what you have done for each project, it is best to keep some documentation referencing the skills used in projects, role you held and results derived from those skills. Also, you may want to record how you troubleshoot some implementation issues. It takes some practice and several rituals later to become familiar with documenting almost every career-related project you have done thoroughly. This practice will truly make you stand out in interviews.
What is the call for action to implement…implementation skills?!
All you have learned leads to how well you can apply what you have learned. Classroom assignments are not enough for implementation, because satisfactory academic performance develops only in a controlled environment. What interviewers really want to know is how have you applied what you have learned in the real world in real-time. Some university programs provide practicums and internships. These entry-level positions are a great way to jump start your career. If you are not sure about your career, they provide tremendous work experiences for potential apprenticeships down the road. At times, you may receive volunteer, or nonpaid work, while you search for jobs or hold a minimum wage job. Every experience counts. Never rule out anything. As daunting the job market can be, opportunities will come sparse and randomly. In preparation of these opportunities, your call for action to implement must include:
- well-developed skills
- application of skills in group or self-directed projects
- documented skills encouraging desired results
- role held while demonstrating skills
- date and description of projects
Moreover, implementation involves a set of skills typically variable from person to person. By housing it in a portfolio, you are able to demonstrate your core attributes: leadership, application, computation and communication. Make the A.