Top Skills You Need To Develop For Career Growth

Professional Skills To Develop For Career GrowthMost job seekers are invariably looking for career growth once they are hired.   From an employer’s point of view, before he hires you, he would like to ensure that you possess the right academic qualifications that are required for that particular job. You must also possess the requisite technical know-how. But most employers and recruiters are not satisfied with just that much. In addition, they want the prospective employees to also possess certain skills that are essentially required at the workplace today. Let us use the term Top Skills You Need to Develop for Career Growth. Once you acquire these skills, you shall be helped at every stage in your career. The extra lift could be in the form of getting shortlisted for interview, getting extra score in the job interview, day to day working and managing extra score at the time of performance appraisal and much more.

Top Skills You Need to Develop for Career Growth

In this blog our expert career coach is sharing Top Skills which you must develop for Successful Career and Excellent Career Growth.

There are tens of skills that you need to develop, to the extent possible, for your career growth. The importance of these skills varies from career to career. So, one has to really decide for himself as to what skills he should work on for his career growth as that would largely depend upon the actual position that one is in. However, we shall briefly look here at some of the key skills that you need to develop for your career growth by staying a step ahead of your peers, irrespective of the specific job or career that you are in.

1. Communication Skills

Communication skills essentially comprise of effective listening, speaking and writing. You must be aware that in its true sense, communication is what is understood by the other person to whom the communication is addressed and not what was ‘intended’ to be conveyed. Therefore, the onus of effective and meaningful communication is on the person who is communicating or ‘transmitting’ the information and not on the ‘receiver’ of that communication or message.

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The manner in which you communicate should not only be efficient but also effective. The following routine communications could be originating from your end:

  • Spoken or written instructions in person or over the telephone to subordinates;
  • Spoken or written chats and formal correspondence with peers and superiors in the organization, clients, vendors and government authorities;
  • Miscellaneous correspondence by way of Email, office-memos, resumes, covering letters etc.

In all the above mentioned communications, critical action may be initiated by the receiver on the basis of his understanding of what has been stated by you. You must communicate your thoughts impeccably well in a well thought-out and structured manner. You must proofread and edit all written communications originating from your end.

2. Analytical, Research and Problem Solving Skills

Simple as a problem may appear to be, in the long term interest of your career growth, you must not give a rushed answer. You may consider the following approach:

  • Take your time to analyze the situation;
  • Think up all possible scenarios starting from the ‘business-as-usual’ and going to the weirdest possibility that you can think of;
  • Do your research;
  • Give a well thought out answer or solution which can be sustained in the long run as well.

3. Flexibility and Adaptability

Just as the world is ever-changing and evolving, so is the work situation at most work places today. Rigidity is neither appreciated nor is workable in the present scenario. You need to develop the skill to be flexible and adaptable in a natural and smooth manner without making much effort for the same. Be flexible and adaptable to not only the changing work environment but also to even a change in assignment. This will clearly establish your commitment towards the organization and go a long way in ensuring your career growth.

4. Team Work and Inter-personal Skills

At a workplace, often, no individual works as a single unit. Most people always work with others or in teams. To be able to work as an efficient and effective team member and having the requisite inter-personal skills to suitably deal and interact with your clients, suppliers and others is a definite advantage that will further your career growth in the organization.

Your ability to inspire the other people in your group or team to work towards achieving the common goal will be a definite asset to you and your organization. You should be able to relate to your co-workers and build strong relationships within your organization.

5. Prioritization and Time Management skills

Your skills in setting priorities at the work place, distinguishing between ‘urgent’ and ‘important’ and effective time management skills will help you achieve a quick career growth. Beating the given deadlines is a sure-shot way to your career growth. Finishing critical work with speed and ease and leaving the relatively less important tasks for being attended to a bit later will help you in your career growth. Make sure you develop this skill as a habit over a period of time.

6. Negotiation

Negotiation is a skill that will not only help in your career growth but also in other day-to-day situations in life. Quite simply, negotiation is any discussion that is aimed at reaching some sort of an agreement that is acceptable to the concerned parties. We use negotiations for settling differences among ourselves. Successful negotiations lead to a compromise while avoiding unnecessary disputes and arguments. Negotiation is perhaps the best possible way to avoid a possible conflict. Though you may acquire negotiation skills, you must not be unfair during negotiations. General negotiation skills can be successfully applied to resolve minor and major differences at your workplace.

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7. Moral Values and Integrity

Strong moral values and integrity have multiple benefits in addition to being contributors to your career growth. When followed consistently, they earn you respect in your organization during negotiations and otherwise. They contribute significantly to your self-esteem as well. They are subtle contributors to your long term career growth in the organization.

8. Versatility

When you take up a job or a career for yourself, you are generally given a job description. However, in real-life situations, most employers want their employees to wear different hats at different times to suit the extant work requirements. Your versatility or ability to willingly try out new projects or ideas will give you a distinct edge over others and will contribute to your career growth as well.

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About the Author

Sundeep Kataria CV MakerSundeep Kataria is the CEO of ACS Consultants – a Management Consulting Firm. He holds multiple qualifications: MBA, PGDIT (IIFT), MS in Counselling & Psychotherapy and Diploma in Company Law. He has also formally learnt Digital Marketing and Website Making.

In 1995 he pioneered the concept of professional Career Counselling, Executive Coaching and Mentoring. Over the years he has mentored many professionals, like CAs, Engineers, Sales & Marketing Professionals, IT Experts etc.

The unique style of Sundeep Kataria is that he connects with each and every individual personally, holds in depth discussion before undertaking the assignment.

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