Jack of all trades- Managing the skillset you have


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You may have different skills. Sometime your skills may converge to a point so that you will be the best person to be selected for a post. Sometime it may not be so. The skillset may diverge so that the recruiters may get embarrassed or confused. They may not hire you. So that you have to specialise according to the skills you possess and according to the need of the employer. Possessing many abilities alone will guarantee you a job. Instead it may prevent you from being selected. The employer may consider you as overqualified and over priced. How will you manage a situation like this. Please look into these slides. Please contact me for more details.

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Jack of all trades- Managing the skillset you have

  1. 1. Jack of all Trades Planning for a career advancement in tune with your abilities babuappat@gmail.com
  2. 2. I sometimes receives letters of this sort Dear Sir, I lost my job after working for more than ____ years at the same company. In that time, I had a variety of responsibilities. I worked in a half-dozen departments. As the company changed, I would take on new projects as needed. I was a "Jack-of-all-trades." I thought when I lost my job I'd find it easy to get a new one because of all I have done. I've got so many skills and abilities, my resume is three pages long. And yet, I can't seem to get an interview. As I research positions on job boards, I find myself saying, "I can do that!" But, having applied to over 40 jobs, I've yet to get a single interview. What am I doing wrong?
  3. 3. Jack of all Trades And a master in many Even then……. Career advancement depends not only your abilities and skill But in your ability to manage and market your skills
  4. 4. The answer is simple: When you try to look like a match for everything, you match nothing
  5. 5. A Job Opening Is a specific problem to solve
  6. 6. When a company has an open position: what they really have is a particular problem that needs to be solved
  7. 7. Hiring decision goes by… The person choose to hire will be the one that can solve the problem the best and is priced right.
  8. 8. Confusing hirers When you are marketing dozens of things about yourself, a/k/a being a Jack-of-all-trades, you overwhelm hiring managers.
  9. 9. You stand to loose… In fact, you distract them to the point they are unable to see you as a match…
  10. 10. Overqualified, overpriced Not only do you appear overqualified, but they may also assume you are overpriced as well...resulting in your resume going in the "no" pile
  11. 11. The Solution? Become A "Swiss Army Knife" Instead.
  12. 12. Swiss army knife? If you find yourself in the Jack-of-all-trades situation, I suggest you re-tool yourself to appear more like a Swiss Army Knife:
  13. 13. Skills; Demonstrate them with precision be clear in what each of your key skills is good for and demonstrate them with precision.
  14. 14. Here's what to do: Step 1: Identify the top 5 skill sets you want to leverage in your next position.
  15. 15. You have many skills, but you need to focus hiring managers on the skills you are most passionate about using on a daily basis so you can find a job that plays to your strengths
  16. 16. Step 2: Map out how those skills support an employer in solving a problem.
  17. 17. How can your skills be of use Clarify how will you use these skills specifically to save and/or make the company money.
  18. 18. Empathize Ask yourself, "What pain will I alleviate when I utilize these skills for an employer?
  19. 19. Step 3: Quantify your track record of success in these key skills.
  20. 20. You need to be able to back up your abilities with facts. Articulate examples of how you have used each of these skills to help an employer so you can justify the cost of hiring you.
  21. 21. Step 4: Optimize your career tools (i.e. resume & Online identity
  22. 22. Profiles available online Must reflect your problem solving expertise using the skill sets you chose to showcase.
  23. 23. Less is more Simplify these documents so the text clearly supports your area of focus.
  24. 24. Without overwhelming.., Give hiring managers enough information to confirm you can do the specific job without overwhelming them.
  25. 25. Contact me to learn more… Your career tools should say, "I can do the job you need, but you'll need to contact me to learn more."
  26. 26. Finally, Don't Forget To... Start a proactive job search
  27. 27. One more thing… Once you've gone from branding yourself as a generalist to a specialist, you need to do one more thing:
  28. 28. Just because you revamped your professional identity to be better suited for specific jobs, doesn't mean employers will start responding to your online applications.
  29. 29. If you really want to get an employer's attention, you need to increase your networking efforts so you can spread the word about your special problem solving abilities as a way to get referred into positions
  30. 30. What other tips can you share to deal with the Jack-of-all-trades challenge?
  31. 31. Please write to me I too am a career trainer Please visit: http://www.youtube.com/TheTrainingclasses Google me and you’ll find how a jack I myself am
  32. 32. THANK YOU babuappat@gmail.com http://www.thetrainingclasses.blogspot.in/