“Learning is not compulsory…neither is survival”
Year 2012 is approaching and we all are waiting to welcome it with a smile on our face and dreams in our eyes.
I’ve a dream for 2012, you may call it a goal—to become extremely useful for society. This is my first step towards it. In this post, Survival in 2012 and Beyond, you’ll find top survival skills for you.
Basic Survival Skills
What are everyone’s basic survival skills?
1. Communication and social skills
2. Protection skills
3. Physical fitness skills
4. Finding food skills
5. Clothing skills (How to cover yourself)
6. Finding shelter skills
We’ve gone beyond this level. We take these skills for granted and we don’t even find the necessity to remember them.
These were traditional survival skills that everyone acquired.
But, today we need one more important skill, that is—job hunting skill or job-creation skill.
Why this skill is more important today than before?
Many reasons—Increasing population and so competition for jobs, cost cutting measures, long working hours, changing work culture and skills in demand.
How many of you understand the difference between basic and advanced job hunting skills?
The skills that you have—resume writing, searching for jobs on job sites, internet and using social media—are basic skills.
Now, you need to upgrade your job hunting skills for survival in 2012 and beyond.
You need to learn these advanced job hunting skills, master them and apply them so that your survival is guaranteed.
What are Advanced Job Hunting Skills
To get a job, your face should fit. If your face fits, you’ll get the job.
I myself have experienced this during job interviews. Your attitude is your important skill, polish it and make it appropriate for the job you are applying.
How do you describe yourself? Confident, positive, genuine, sincere, passionate, social or opposite to these words?
How do you describe the world, people around you? Do you test or check your values and beliefs often?
Do you get peace of mind when you deal with people?
You need to check your attitude towards the world outside and the world within you. Check better ways of doing anything. Try to see the positive side of people. When you acknowledge goodness in people, they show it to you.
Be in the company of like minded people. Once in a while, come out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself, enjoy the moment and just move on.
Learn something new everyday, be inventive in whatever you do.
Recently, I experienced one important thing in people—if you listen to them till the end, they think you are a genuine person who they can trust. I think this is an important discovery about my attitude.
2. Advanced Job Hunting Methods
There are more advanced job hunting methods than you can imagine.
These methods help you go beyond resumes, posting resumes on job sites, placement agencies, internet and social media. These are some of the basic job hunting methods.
3. Job Creation or Self Employment
Sometimes, you don’t get the job that you are dreaming of, so you must know how to create your own job.
When you create a job, you not only find your own business but also create some jobs for others. Think of it. I myself have done it and I’m happy doing this.
You may start freelancing, consulting and volunteering. You can also find your passion and build a service around it.
4. Skills Inventory
As I mentioned in this post, how to stay upbeat when you are out of work, you should know what skills you have.
Take a paper and jot down your transferable skills, knowledge in different areas, experience that you have gained so far and your values.
For example, you may have:
Transferable skills – Analytical skills, initiative, report writing, problem solving
Knowledge – Accounting, MS Office, World Economy, Financial Analysis, Database Administration
Experience – Bank Accounting, Using MS Excel for analysis, Financial Modeling and Industry Report Writing
Values – Achievement, Ambition, Devotion, Excitement, Frugality
Check your skills inventory and see how you can be useful to your target market.
These four skills are utmost important to gain the mastery in job hunting.
I’m sure this job hunting skills guide—survival in 2012 and beyond will help you in acquiring the most essential skill today, i.e. Advanced job hunting skill.