Everyone has unique talents that make them different. Some folks thrive on their outgoing personality and ability to connect with strangers. Others can sell a product to someone who quite clearly doesn’t need it… the old “selling ice cubes to eskimos” expression.
Did you know these skills could be your hidden weapon for job search and career success?
Whether you’re currently searching for a job or just looking to improve your career, identifying and utilizing your unique traits can have a powerful professional impact. While you may have all the necessary qualifications to land the job, your competition may as well. Bringing something extra to the position may allow you to gain a competitive advantage.
It may take a little way to uncover your knack — it’s there! This list of a few hidden talents should start you thinking:
1. The Savvy Communicator
A knack for communication will always be a hot commodity. While many people brag about their ability to easily communicate with others, very few have actually mastered the art of communication. Savvy communicators understand the importance of communication, communicate effortless in almost every medium, and also easily adapt to the communication styles of others.
Good communicators aren’t always the chattiest individuals — they simply understand the best ways to efficiently and effectively send and receives messages to a variety of different audiences. Coworkers, managers, and customers will be sure to notice your abilities. If this sounds like you, be sure to cash in on this ability and make it a foundational skill during your job search and career.
2. The Tech Genius
This is person may not even have a career in technology, but somehow they’re brimming with tech knowledge. The tech wiz is the first person to help out when an IT issue arises in the office and it doesn’t stop there. In this digital age, tech-savvy folks are highly coveted and praised.
Those with a knack for technology are certain to find a variety of benefits. When it comes to the job search, tech geniuses are likely to find the latest and great career tools and job boards. As for your career, employers will happily accept your tech abilities — even if you don’t work in the tech field.
3. The Grammar Fanatic
If you’re keen on correcting every grammatical error you run across, you’ve probably got a special eye for editing. Even if you’re not currently working in a field where you write a lot, you can still use your knack for editing to your advantage. Look for ways to utilize this skill in your office. If you’re currently working on a project with a team, consider being the team member who fine-tunes all of the writing involved in the project. And during your job search, you’re likely to have knock-out application materials.
4. The Innovator
These kinds of people are always thinking. Their ideas seems to flood in from out of the blue. Employers covet job candidates who have ability to continually conjure ideas and solve problems. Many businesses and organizations thrive due to employing these types of individuals. While many people build their careers off of their ideas — namely entrepreneurs. Use your quick thinking to your advantage throughout your job search and your career.
5. The Organizer
Not only does this person have the most immaculate workspace, they also know the location of every document on their hard drive. Many successful careers weren’t built on organization, but having a knack for it can set you apart from the rest. Employers and coworkers will envy your abilities and often utilize you whenever organizational skill is needed.
You unique knacks are certain to benefit your career. Identify yours and utilize it today!
What special traits has helped your in your career?
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About the Author: Brittany Schlacter graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in public relations and a minor in fashion. During her time at BSU, she rose to the position of Assistant Director of Cardinal Communications, Ball State’s renowned student-run advertising and public relations agency.
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