Student Success Blog For Educators


April 13, 2017

Are Your Skills Costing You Great Career Opportunities?

Picture this: while you’re obsessing over having the right school, the perfect GPA, and a laundry list of impressive credentials on your fancy resume paper, companies are doing the exact opposite. They are most likely obsessing over finding the right person to solve their problems. Let that sink in. To get a company’s attention you must prove you can solve their problem. Otherwise, ‘looking good on paper’ isn’t worth much and you’ll likely miss out on great career opportunities. Here’s what you should be focusing on instead.

Leveraging Your Skills

To attract more diverse job candidates, companies are beginning to shift toward evidence-based hiring. This simply means they are analyzing the skill set of the potential hire against a specific position they are looking to fill. By putting skills front and center, it allows the most qualified candidate—you—to stand out from the sea of traditional resumes. So, the question becomes, are you doing everything you can to make sure you have the right skills, which can be seen and matched with employers? If so, you'll be able to connect with companies and find positions that you might not have found on your own.

3 Under-the-Radar Skills to Sharpen

Here are three skills you may not have thought about that could help you get matched with your dream job:


Fitting into a Diverse Environment

Chances are you’ll be working with Baby Boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y, and of course, millennials. And with that comes different views of the workplace, work ethic, and ways to communicate. This means you’ll need to hone the various skills (i.e., listening or conflict resolution) to work within a diverse group of employees. If you hope to move up to a managerial or supervisory position, this skill becomes even more critical to master.

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Demonstrating Cultural Agility

A Development Dimensions International (DDI) survey noted CEOs name cultural competence as one of the most critical leadership skills. However, being able to work well with people from other cultures is viewed as one of the weakest skills. If you’ve traveled to other countries, that will certainly help, but it’s not a requirement to master this skill according to Paula Caligiuri, professor of international business and strategy at Northeastern University, “Developing cultural agility is more of an active process requiring social learning in a novel context with opportunities to practice new culturally appropriate behaviors, make some mistakes, receive feedback, and question one’s own assumptions.”


A Willingness to Learn

Once you believe you have nothing else to learn, you may as well settle in and enjoy the current position you have, or just retire. That’s because successful people, the kind employers are always on the lookout for, are flexible and open to learning something new. If you adopt a teachable attitude, not only will your skill set stay sharp, but your career will probably have an upward trajectory rather than flatlining.

Verify Your Skills

Once you have your awesome skills loaded into your ePortfolio, it’s time to take it one step further and have them verified. Portfolium has teamed up with digital credential pioneer Credly and as a Portfolium user (which is FREE) you can access and display digital badges earned through Credly to your ePortfolio. This validation helps pave the way for evidence-based hiring and allows employers to effective identify candidates with the right skills to meet the rapidly-changing demands of the workforce.


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