Are you still sending around resumes with a self-made skills list like this one below which I received last week (name and details have been changed to preserve anonymity)?
Do you spend hours tailoring your CV to the jobs you want to apply to?
In today’s competitive job market, we need to show very quickly and effectively in what skills we excel. But many professionals still use outdated ways like Sylvester to self-assess their skills. These can often be misleading, self-congratulatory and most recruiters do not really rely on them. They rely on proven track record and skills. So how do you improve your skills and show them in a trusted way to potential employers? Here are a few strategies that can help you:
1) Evaluate your skills: First, identify the key skills needed in the job you are after. Then, understand where you stand compared to your peers in terms of the skills you claim to possess. You can take standardized tests if they are available or you can take a hard look at your professional digital footprint to compare yourself to your peers. Zyncd, the digital and dynamic skills based CV, can help you with that skills check.
2) Understand your skills gaps: Understanding the areas of improvement is crucial to set your learning and personal development goals. For instance, in order to become a full-rounded digital marketer, you’d need not only SEO skills but also paid advertising skills along with social media marketing skills. So, invest time in identifying specific skills that are in demand, required industry certifications as well as new tools and applications that you need to use in your dream job.
3) Improve your skills: Once you have identified the areas of improvement and new skills that you need to develop, half the job is done. There are many ways to increase your skill level and knowledge. For instance:
a) Take online courses from Coursera or EdX. Work towards gaining industry certifications in your expertise area.
b) Join relevant online communities to learn about subjects, get feedback and contribute with your own ideas and insights.
c) Start your own blog on platforms like Medium or Wordpress. Write informative blogs on the topics related to the job you are after. Writing blogs is not only a way to showcase your skills and interests but it also forces you to dig deeper into the topics and gain proficiency.
d) Attend relevant local meetups and events to learn from others, stay up to date with emerging topics and discussion, and understand the area better.
e) Start DOING: Get involved with freelance projects or at your current job in this yet unfamiliar skill area and learn on the job. You can gather some early experience and probably get rated for your skills by your peers, boss or employer.
f) Read books or subscribe to academic journals to get familiar with specific topics
4) Present your skills effectively and get recognized
Even if you have gone through all the steps above, if you fail to present your skills effectively, you may be at disadvantage compared to others who do present their skills well despite having lower level expertise compared to you.
How do you show skills in a better way than making a skills self-assessment on your CV? This is where Zyncd comes in. We use your entire digital footprint to check your skills, identify the areas you need to improve and then help you to advertise your top skills across online platforms.