Inventory your job skills now

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Feb 23

Answer me this right now: what two job skills are you missing to get the next job you want?

Can you answer that question right now? If you can – great, you are thinking ahead about your next position, tough times or not.

If you can’t answer that question, it is time to get an inventory of your job skills and know what skills you need for your next position. Or, to be fair, to improve the skills for your current position.

Let’s face it: these are tough times in the job market. Yet, with all the changes at work, those who want to improve their skills can take advantage of the chaos to get what they need to take the next step in their career. But the first step is to get an inventory of your current skills.

Where can you build your skill set inventory?

  1. Internal job descriptions. Your internal job descriptions (if you have them) offer the best baseline skills for your position and the next position you want. And, because they are internal job descriptions, they often contain less fluff than job descriptions posted on job boards.
  2. External job descriptions. Your second best place to find what skills you need for your job is external job boards. While helpful, these need to balance against your common sense – too many external job descriptions expect candidates to have all the skills to walk on water at half your salary. Not.
  3. Informational interviews. Internally, interviewing managers who manage people in the job you want next is a great way to discover what skills you need. Plus, you get the added benefit of introducing yourself to a potential manager. Externally, use your network to identify teams or managers that have the job you want and interview them about your job skills and what it would take for you to qualify for the job.

Doing a job inventory is the first step to know what you need to do to get ready for the next position in your career path. Indeed, in the ugliness of the current recession, Cubicle Warriors are still improving their skills to make them even more employable. It is one part of what makes them Cubicle Warriors.

What job skills do you need to add to your portfolio?

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.