A hot new work skill in demand

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Looking for a competitive advantage to get the job, get promoted, or just get noticed around the table at work?  We have an insider’s tip for you.

In interviews, show genuine interest in lifelong learning.

Today, employers want to make sure their team members are committed to staying in-step with what’s going on in their field.

It’s a fact of workplace life in the 21st century.  There are new breakthroughs in technology all the time.  And that means continual changes in what we do and how we work.

In industry after industry, employees need to continuously learn new skills more quickly than ever before.

For an employer, a candidate who’s a quick learner, open to adapting, and shows no fear in the face of change, is the better bet.

In every field, new technology will always be like the brilliant colleague who forces us to keep up — or go home.    

Here are just two examples: Today’s car mechanic will need to know how to repair a computer on wheels — the driverless car — tomorrow.

Yesterday’s IT specialist is today’s educator for the all departments. Many employers look for IT experts who have strong communication skills and a good understanding of marketing.

Ongoing learning is the new work skill that’s on you.

  • Whether you’re full-time, contract, or temporary, it’s on you to have a learning improvement plan on the go.

How do we know?

We operate five busy divisions that place candidates in full-time, contract and temporary positions with the best employers across the GTA and the province.

Between Bagg Pro, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources and Turn Key Staffing Solutions, we are cover just about all sectors.

See our job postings here.

We know what employers look for — they want committed high-achievers.  These are candidates who will take the initiative to be on top of their game, and contribute their best to their team.

Once upon a time, staff could have relied exclusively on their employers to give them learning goals.  But that was long ago.  Now, people can’t afford to be passive and let others do improvement planning for them.

Ongoing success in the work world means ongoing upgrading.

Tips for a self-improvement practice

It’s a terrific idea to design a plan for your own professional self-improvement.

Start by conducting some online research.   Google something like “innovations in  (your field of work)” and numerous blogs and articles will show up to give you ideas and insights.

Look for free online courses. So many of the world’s top colleges and universities offer free online courses, and you don’t even need to apply.  Coursera, edX, Open University are just a few to check out.

Look up the associations and magazines for your industry.  These offer a wealth of information, and often include notices of where and how you can upgrade skills.

The new expectation makes life, and work, a lot more interesting.

True, there’s no resting on the knowledge you have. But workplace experts say that’s good news. Really!

If you have stopped challenging yourself, you are going to be bored,” warns Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and author of New York Times bestsellers Lean-In and co-author of Option B.  Learning new skills is a challenge that will keep you engaged with what you do.

Plus, keeping up-to-date on innovations and changes in your area of work guarantees interesting conversations with colleagues and bosses –and interviewers!

 

 

 

 

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