Today we have another guest posting. This time from Alexis Bonari who describes hereself as ” a freelance writer and blog junkie”. She is currently a resident education blogger and performs research surrounding http://www.collegescholarships.org. In her spare time, she enjoys “square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop”. Alexis was stimulated by what we had to say about motivated skills and contacted us with her views on the importance of having a diverse skills set. This is what she has to say:
“As today’s employment choices continue to decrease due to the condition of the economy and lack of jobs, it’s more important than ever to have a diverse skill set as opposed to just one or two specific areas of expertise. Having a diverse skill set helps a person adapt to the constantly changing market and as many companies continue to scale down, full time employees are being replaced by part time and flexible staff, making the “portfolio worker” more desirable than ever.
Although companies don’t want too many cooks in the kitchen, it’s paramount to have leadership skills when job hunting. This gives the employer someone to fall back and a sense of security in case they are needed elsewhere or just want a break. Hiring a dependable second or third in command takes precedence over the average Joe when hiring any day.
The Self Directed Employee
There is nothing more frustrating than someone who needs constant direction which wastes not only their superiors time, but the companies time as well. Today’s cream of the crop employees are self directed, easily taught, flexible and don’t need a lot of hand holding. These are key qualities that your resume should reflect. But be cautious when working up your resume, just because you’ve had a dozen jobs, doesn’t make you more desirable than someone who’s has only had one or two. There’s a fine line between a job jumper and a baby boomer who has held the same position for thirty years.
Qualifications can be met through other areas as well. The military, teaching classes as a group leader in your church or community or being involved in charity work. Extracurricular activities are important and show that you can balance work and home life, which is a great asset to an employer.”
In addition to her sound advice on having diverse skills aren’t you just dying to know what ‘square foot gardening’ is?