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Are your skills adaptable?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
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POSTED: July 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

 

That’s an important question to ask yourself. Are your skills adaptable not only to a new industry, if your current one is tanking or being outsourced, but to different departments at your current company?

A few years ago, most of us were tasked with narrow responsibilities, making us experts in our field.

The Job Market Has Changed Drastically

In the new economy, employers want their staff members to be able to do many jobs, some of which you may protest are beyond your position description.

If you feel that way, you better adapt and fast. Many workers are now expected to take on the duties of two or more employees, across various departments. Although this seems like a lot of work, it also has an advantage. The more you know about the operation and the more you contribute to its growth and success, the less expendable you are.

Make Yourself Indispensable

For example, if you’re a customer service rep used to answering phones and resolving client complaints, you may find yourself out of a job one day if your company decides to move the call center overseas. However, if you’re also selling your company’s product when you’re not dealing with client issues that makes you more valuable to your employer. If you brainstorm with your manager about new products or improvement to products, you’re adding even more depth to your position. Even if your department is outsourced, you could easily move into sales or product development.

Being able to wear many hats should also be presented on your resume. In your opening summary you want to come off as the perfect candidate. Today, that’s someone who not only does his job but can fill in for vacationing co-workers in another department.

The more you can do, the more likely it is that you’ll be retained and even promoted.

Adapt your skills to what your employer needs most. Be versatile. And by all means, showcase the breath of your expertise in your resume.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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