Why Not Me?! Improving Your Chance of Advancement with Skills Training

There’s no way around it: Getting turned down for a job or promotion stings. When you were so sure you’d be perfect for the role, finding out that HR doesn’t see things the same way is disappointing, to put it mildly. It’s easy to conclude you just had bad luck.


When it comes to finding jobs or advancing up the ladder, chance and luck do play a role. But they’re not the only determining factor. Unfortunately, the more challenging the job market becomes, the more tempting it is to blame all your misfortunes on luck and chance.


To be sure, sometimes it is about being in the right place at the right time or meeting the right person in a favorable context. However, once you’re in the right situation, what will you do with it? What skills can you put forward to improve your chances?


What Skills Do Modern Workplaces Need?



Technical skills, of course, remain an essential factor in being considered for a specific job. However, according to LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2019 report, %92 of talent professionals said soft skills are equally or more important to them than hard skills.

These skills have gained massive popularity in the 21st century job market, especially as machine learning and AI have a greater and greater impact on the workplace.


According to a new report by IBM, senior executives are increasingly looking for the human factor. The specific skills they’re after ncluded flexibility, agility, and adaptability, among others.


While machines are becoming smarter and more capable of performing a lot of tasks humans once handled, they are still machines. They can’t learn to be creative, ethical, or emotionally intelligent. At least for now! 


The 21st Century Job Skills That Will Set You Apart


Most people don’t know you can learn and develop skills such as resilience, decision making, and creativity. Mastering these soft skills will set you apart whether you’re searching for a new job, seeking a promotion, or starting your own business.


Now that you know why these skills are essential, and that they can be learned, here’s the steps you need to take to start learning:

  • Get into the right mindset. Decide that you really want to develop these skills.
  • Spend some time in self-reflection. Mentally revisit situations or experiences to understand what skills you needed then and how developing your skills could give similar circumstances a better outcome in the future.
  • Cultivate self-confidence. It will help you unlock a lot of your potential.
  • Know that you can, and will, improve — equipped with the right knowledge and practice.


Also remember that in a hard economy, a corporate job post receives approximately 250 resumes. Although a bit of luck is needed, there’s a lot you can do in the meantime to increase your chances of being noticed. What better place to start than developing your soft skills?

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