Sales is the basis of all business success. You’re always selling, even if your role does not include sales in the job description. You sell during marketing activities, team meetings, customer service, product management, conferences, business development, engineering, user experience and more. A solid foundation in how to sell can give you a great advantage over your competitors.
Transferable skills give you the ability to see your past experience in a new light. This experience can be as varied as volunteer work, to a full-time job. During each experience, you acquire skills that can be applied to your career success.
The ability to ask
The ability to ask is the easiest, most underrated skill to catapult your career. The old adage is true: ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ Many careerists don’t pitch for a raise or promotion, a bigger sales deal or to take on more responsibility. When this happens – or doesn’t happen, rather – you’re far less likely to find challenge, meaning and reward in your work.
Both written and oral communication skills are basic, but that doesn’t mean they’re not difficult to master! Think about ways to challenge yourself and tweak how you write an email or behave in a meeting.
The ability to be a team player is so fundamental to your work that there are few things better to focus on. Interpersonal skills are just a fancy way of saying how you get along, relate to and communicate with others. Employers hire people with domain experience, of course, but mostly they hire people they like and can get along with.
Project management skills
Can you see the big picture and break it down into small, manageable and action-orientated steps? Then you have undeniable value. Many employees consider themselves ‘ideas people’ but don’t have the ability to execute those ideas. If you have the ability to prioritise and get things done, you’ll be able to lead a team in no time!
The ability to be a self-starter
Do you have entrepreneurial drive? Then apply it to the workplace! Employers increasingly value folks who can take initiative and own a project from start to finish. As a creative self-starter, you should take calculated risks, brainstorm new ideas and execute with precision.
The ability to be curious
To really stand out in a company, you should always be looking to improve. Both individually and company-wide. Hone your inquisitive thinking skills by asking questions like ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ to your employers, your customers and yourself. Everyone will appreciate your interest and thirst for knowledge.
The ability to drive results
Finally, through it all, you should know what your goals are and how you are going to achieve them.
Practice and strengthen the above key skills and you could be in with a chance of promotion!