Perhaps this could be the “edge” you’re looking for in your job search. The thing that differentiates you from the crowd.
With it you’ll make a better impression. You’ll help yourself stand out. You’ll show that you’re not just a qualification + skills – you have the spirit, attitude and mindset to produce more, to achieve more, to be of more value in a business.
What is it? Learning.
On the one hand, it can be a R150 000 MBA. On the other hand it can be a free online course or just a book.
Here are some ideas that can be free (and ideas on how to use them):
* You read a book. Think library, 2nd hand bookshop, or $0.00 ebooks from Amazon.com – read them on your Kindle for Android / mobile phone or Kindle for PC – both free.
* You read a book, then write a blog post about what you learned. Your blog is free, hosted at wordpress.com, you have a link to it in your CV and on your LinkedIn.com page.
* You read a book, then develop a “5 Step” strategy to apply what you learn in your work environment, you track the results. You put it in your CV – “My 5 Step Strategy for Motivating People”
This way you SHOW an employer you’re not just a backside on an expensive ergonomicly correct seat. You’re there to make a difference. To help produce results. To help the enterprise improve.
[Many, many of my CV writing clients say they read books. Some say, “I read 5 business books every month.” Okay. Good. But what have you learned? What have you applied? What have you put to work? What results have come as a result? What difference has it made to your performance, to your value to your employer, to your value as a little one-man business?
Everybody’s read “7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. But what’s more interesting is this: how has it made you more effective, more efficient, more valuable?]
- You can take a free course, like full diploma courses on www.alison.com
- You can read blogs of experts in your field of work. You can comment & participate.
- You can read trade/industry magazines. You notice trends. You have an opinion.
Learning does not = university, college, certificates only. It’s an approach to life. An attitude. It reveals a person who always wants to improve. And when what’s learned is APPLIED (put to work in achieving measurable results), then it becomes a major differentiator in your job search (iow: it makes you look better than other applicants, set to land more job interviews, more job offers.)
Learning can make the older look young and fresh. And can make the young look wise. And not just “look”, rather actually be: “young and fresh” and “wise”.
Note: within my member’s only website – Career and Success – is a Library of books and guides, on career and improvement topics (including “Think and Grow Rich.”)
The main program of learning in it is “Get a Job Fast”. Becoming a member is R75. Go to here to get the application form: www.careerandsuccess.info.