You see the message you were dreading. Your work was found deficient. No one wants to have their work critiqued or have its flaws pointed out. And most definitely, not in public. Yet it happens for some professionals. While it never feels good when things go wrong, taking a step back, evaluating what happened, and thinking about how to prevent a recurrence can go a long way towards building resilience, strength and future success.
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Soft skills are in demand on the job market with around 1.5 million entry-level jobs available now in the U.S., according to LinkedIn. Job openings are found in different industries ranging from retail and transportation to IT and software companies.
Adaptability<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDM0Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzODQ0NTAwMH0.s8dOJvdXr32JxV82DAIPwlIPb6WHDC7WwAXIRd4UaEg/img.jpg?width=980" id="b6383" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="da260c195d4603ae335c744a8e6be4db" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional manages multiple different tasks." />Photo by manny PANTOJA on Unsplash<p>COVID-19 continues to amplify stress and anxieties among workers and employees who are concerned about losing their jobs. The stress grows as they are left in uncertainty about what to expect during their day-to-day work operations. Therefore, as work dynamics and conventional daily tasks change, adaptability became an in-demand skill for running work operations smoothly.</p><p><strong>Although needed now more than ever, <a href="https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/trends-and-research/2020/most-in-demand-hard-and-soft-skills" target="_blank">adaptability has always been a needed skill</a> in the job market.</strong></p><p>By being adaptable, employees need to adjust to new routines and tools that were introduced as work shifted online. Mastering adaptability can start with small steps. For example, learning to quickly cope with using digital trackers to monitor and follow up on work flow instead of using office magnet boards during the regular team meetings taking place every day. </p><p>You can easily become adaptable to new conditions whether you are still working from home or have recently started to go back to the office. You first need to be determined to get out of your comfort zone and ask questions about how certain tasks can be performed differently.</p>
Self-Management<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDM2OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNDg0NTI5OH0.Tv6ToM-S4HS5PYrjoda2wXojD-32olhRcsUwVT_NA2g/img.jpg?width=980" id="01ccc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="0f4c6b1994428fe651b199b3a5b404be" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Young professional takes a break from work to exercise." />Photo by Carl Barcelo on Unsplash<p>During such a stressful time and the shift in day-to-day work routines, you may be tempted to walk away from many new work-related situations and this is when <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/managing-stress-at-work" target="_blank">self-management</a> comes in handy. A skill that can make the work environment more enjoyable, self-management can help you maintain healthy work relations with your boss and co-workers and seamlessly achieve your goals.</p><p>Being able to manage yourself during stressful work-related issues requires a great deal of self-confidence, resilience, and patience. These are characteristics that you can easily obtain when you start by organizing your tasks, setting a goal, managing your time, and holding yourself accountable at the end of your workday.</p>
Productivity<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDM3MS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwOTU4MjMxMH0.Q06TPBXw_UJbFNTGS34oWi5eNDXuvk31U6-5Pi4jtmA/img.jpg?width=980" id="0660a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="aac30f118e3070deae5b1291742201e5" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Keeping a good schedule is one way to be more productive at work." />Photo by Cathryn Lavery on Unsplash<p>It is no surprise that productivity decreased since the lockdown due to the disruption of a work-life balance. Between getting "Zoom calls" fatigue from numerous work meetings and feeling stuck in a daily routine that happens in the same place, employees are now finding it harder to stay focused. However, <a href="https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-GB/Insights/2020/04/covid-19-pulse-survey-report-gb-and-western-europe" target="_blank">over 50% of employers working from home</a> found out that the lockdown had no significant negative impact on employee productivity, according to a recent survey by Willis Towers Watson.</p><p>The lockdown has actually encouraged employees to get more done even if they are not productive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Employees and workers are no longer thinking of burdening factors such as being stuck on a long commute to and from work. <strong>Although staying energized is challenging, nailing a productive workday all boils down to organization and taking advantage of the availability of flexible hours.</strong></p><p>You can still allow yourself a better <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/habits-to-improve-work-life-balance" target="_blank">work-life balance</a>, even if you are at home by planning your day strategically. For example, you could have short breaks between your meetings where you can exercise or cook a meal. Through an agreement with your manager, you could always compensate for the lost hours in the day and perform your tasks during the afternoon or at night, if you usually feel more productive then.</p>
Communication<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDM3Ny9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMzU1MjAwNn0.daEFKrXxMEOGwc7DyBdpuu2cUQOMzsVCtOaXj0YvpnA/img.jpg?width=980" id="e1067" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e91af40cf24a4437e43a9217bb928cbe" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Whether you have an office or remote job, good communication is always important." />Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash<p>Social communication is crucial for a smooth workflow, especially if a team is no longer meeting in-person in one room. It can be very challenging to maintain a dialogue with colleagues and managers online, but many digital tools available today made it easy to dominate conversations.</p><p><a href="https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-GB/Insights/2020/04/covid-19-pulse-survey-report-gb-and-western-europe" target="_blank">Some companies have reported</a> that they are making good use of communication tools such as Slack and WhatsApp chat rooms. Therefore, it is important for job seekers to know how to work with different communication tools to land a job opportunity during COVID-19.</p>
Problem-Solving & Critical Thinking<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQwMDM3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNjQyMzAzMX0.U9V6F2_lzvpkTykMgtqTS5hiUJKoxLHeaQ7OzPG64r8/img.jpg?width=980" id="bd0c2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="08770f526db0acdd250d20cc5a68c4ad" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Businessman uses data to help make a decision." />Photo by Adeolu Eletu on Unsplash<p>Problem-solving techniques are highly demanded in many jobs now during COVID-19. Job seekers and employees can easily pick up this skill by asking the right questions, analyzing different dimensions of a problem, and utilizing technology to quickly resolve an issue.</p><p><a href="https://www.shrm.org/about-shrm/Documents/SHRM%20State%20of%20Workplace_Bridging%20the%20Talent%20Gap.pdf" target="_blank">Over 30% of employers surveyed</a> by the Society for Human Resource Management, stated that job candidates they interviewed lack critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Job seekers who master both skills stand a better chance of being hired.</p><p><strong>Problem-solving can be learned through practical steps such as approaching problems in a solution-finding rather than fault-finding manner and understanding the elements that enhances teamwork and ensures better results.</strong></p><p><br></p><p>Now more than ever, employers and recruiters are prioritizing <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-soft-skills-youll-need-get-hired-post-crisis-jt-o-donnell/" target="_blank">soft skills</a> in hiring to move their businesses forward amid the current economic slowdown.</p><p>Check out <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/your-career-podcasts/jt-talks-jobs/">JT Talks Jobs Podcast</a> for helpful advice to boost your career!</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Looking for a job? </strong>We can help! Join our <a href="https://workitdaily.lpages.co/pricing/" target="_blank">career growth club</a> today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!</p>
Not all people tell the truth. Some complaints might be coming from elsewhere without realizing. Great marketing professionals can use their insight and experience to understand where the real issues are coming from to execute and take the company to the next level.
My Experience<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE0OTMzMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYzOTYxMDM0MH0.KuCqiVUXI_6RAyv6Fibta-9V_zvKijNnYAMOnfqxLsA/img.jpg?width=980" id="b3bcb" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f4416202147cafad3374f9a8b8c7acff" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Woman presents a solution to the marketing team" /><p>One toy company I worked for had the development and HQ function in the U.S. One country's marketing team told me that they did not like the global unit packaging which the global brand team developed and requested to develop a completely new 3-in-1 packaging. In that new packaging they wanted to add a book. Furthermore, they requested to launch it one month early.</p><p>We showed the development progress to the marketing team many times, and used all of the development budget. During that time, no subsidiaries had anything against the packaging. We had little time left for their ideal launching schedule. The executives rejected the request.</p><p>We did a lot of analysis and communications. We were able to increase sales in that market for this item after the analysis and approval from the executives.</p><p><strong>How did we do that?</strong> I found out where the request came from. The team just wanted the lower unit pricing because they got buyer feedback that the price was too high. And we realized that in their market, their competitor's pricing was lower. If they added a book to the new packaging, it would be an added value and they could hit back-to-school season, too.</p><p>Although the price was still challenging, we were able to amortize the extra development cost because of the significant sales increase vs forecast by the 3-in-1 packaging.</p><p>There was a lot of work. We double-checked all the people on board to support this plan from different perspectives—production capacity, tooling schedule, logistic schedule, commitment from their buyers, packaging development schedule, book development and assembly process, and so on. In the process, the sales team was able to get the purchasing commitment from new retailers (bookstores) because of the book.</p><p>As a result, we were able to have everyone on board not only internally but external buyers as well, and we were able to support their request and had a 250% sales increase.</p><p>This experience helped me formulate my five steps that I use to determine where the real issues are coming from based on complaints and requests.</p><p>Here's how your marketing team can do the same.</p>
5 Steps To Determine Where The Issues Are Coming From<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzE0OTIwMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNjUyMDQ5Mn0.cqRMRXpq5DF4Bzjn8CflhPDgM4f_tawcag02cmmEAfM/img.jpg?width=980" id="d1604" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="bde451f9b89839587e1feb0d10ddf769" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Marketing team discusses project during a meeting" /><p><strong></strong><strong>1. Ask "Why?"</strong></p><p>If you ask "why?" five times, you'll eventually figure out the essential issues.</p><p><strong>2. Determine People & Place</strong></p><p>Who is complaining and where are they located? Put yourself in their shoes, and try to understand the challenges or problems they could be facing.</p><p><strong>3. Figure Out The Process</strong></p><p>How can you help them? Tools, investments, time, or money?</p><p><strong>4. Find Numbers To Focus On For Evaluation</strong></p><p>You'll know when you've accomplished your goal if you have numbers to strive for.</p><p><strong>5. List Who Needs To Get Involved</strong></p><p>Think about all the people that need to get involved and make them aware—internally and/or externally.</p>
In today's competitive job market, it's so important that you keep learning and growing. But, you know what? Time is scarce. It is hard enough to get the job done each day let alone plan for the next step in your career.
1. Get A Mentor & Be A Mentor<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTAxNy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNTY3MzUzMX0.J4plSDQvamkOjshS2yBzQDl-ClUdytsyRr9L3CJACWo/img.jpg?width=980" id="4b4f3" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="69115d63e26192444f08df12e182a1fd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Two women mentoring each other at work" /><p>Having a mentor at work is crucial to attaining new skills and knowledge. A good mentor will help you solve some of the challenges and roadblocks you face. The best mentors will help you figure out next steps that work for you and help guide you over hurdles that sit squarely in your blind spot.</p><p>Amazing mentors will be the people who tell you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear. They will give you the real feedback you need to fill in your blind spots that put you in a position to advance.</p><p><strong>Mentors are important to advancing your career. They can expose you to new experiences and points of view.</strong></p><p>In addition to finding a good mentor, consider finding a good protégé as well. In many cases, taking that next step in your career means you may have to <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/good-leadership-skills-managers-need" target="_blank">manage people</a>. The best way to practice is to become a mentor to someone else.</p><p>When you become a mentor, you pay your learnings forward to others to help them advance as well. You learn a lot about motivating people and teaching them new skills when you can also act as a mentor at work.</p>
2. Raise Your Hand For New Challenges<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTAyMS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTU5NjYyNjE5N30.yMCh19wD6-vIB-EYYBYvtBxhmek5J4Wo9hrQ3clbxOM/img.jpg?width=980" id="e315e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7a9421f18429a8c79484813c3f7a93d4" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Man takes on a challenge at work to develop new skills" /><p>When you see new opportunities to learn new skills, go for it. If there is something in the company you want to learn to do and you see an opportunity to learn those skills in a special project or a new assignment, make the grab.</p><p><a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/how-to-get-promoted-at-work" target="_blank">Do a little extra</a> when it's required to learn those new skills that you need to advance. Remember, it's not aggressive to reach for a new opportunity. It is helpful, useful, and valuable.</p><p><strong>People who progress in their careers find ways to elegantly make grabs for new learning opportunities.</strong></p><p>When a new project comes up and it aligns with the skills you're looking to obtain, raise that hand. Let your manager or HR team know that you want to learn some new skills or gain new, more advanced experience. Be clear on what you can offer to the project and get involved.</p>
3. Read, Read, Read & Look For Problems To Solve<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTAyNS9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NjU2MTg5OH0.Iqcz8vHhpYBwtXmRqZO8lo51uSy7dm9rAxo7SKDW58s/img.jpg?width=980" id="83dab" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a7825cfc2ae80a498692c8674e5b5c74" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Professional man looks for problems to solve at his company" /><p>Sometimes, there are not a lot of grabs to make. We understand that. We recommend that you start reading everything you can about your industry and your field.</p><p><strong>Study everything there is to know about your company and their competitors.</strong> Know the <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/must-have-company-core-values" target="_blank">company goals</a> and unique selling points of your company like the back of your hand. Become an expert in these things and be able to talk about it. Think about some solutions to the company's chief challenges.</p><p>Honestly, when someone on my team comes to me with a solution, they stand out.</p><p>When there are not many special projects to make a grab for, you can develop and pitch your own special project by knowing what challenges you can solve for the company. This way, you learn new skills and stand out because you've taken the time to solve a company problem.</p>
4. Make Friends (Network) In Other Departments<img lazy-loadable="true" src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMjg2OTAzMi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwMzkxODY4OH0.4QqSFjksmf3hebr6VbP56E9wG05k1o3aB4AYBzd5NXs/img.jpg?width=980" id="26c71" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="e8d1ab52303046541c497a5f5396ec0c" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="Group of professionals network to develop new skills" /><p>Many times, new skills are outside your department or area of influence and responsibility. To overcome this, think about <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/why-networking-strategy-isnt-working" target="_blank">networking internally</a>.</p><p><strong>Get to know people in other divisions, other offices, and on other teams.</strong> Be curious about their department. Learn everything you can about their job and their skills. Find out how they got those skills and see how you might be able to chip in over there in your spare time to develop those skills you want to use to grow your career.</p>
5. Find The Learning Opportunities Internally<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="cadc3bf71781249f5eb3b2b0cd79e6e2"><iframe lazy-loadable="true" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QVKXrGxqR-Q?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>The last one is one I always forget about.</p><p>Many companies have some sort of internal learning system. Go talk to your <a href="https://www.workitdaily.com/best-employee-benefits-perks-work" target="_blank">benefits team</a>. Find out about training opportunities available to you. Learn about any tuition reimbursement benefits you may have. <strong>Talk with your HR team about what you want to learn and how it can help the company.</strong></p>
Interviews are a crucial opportunity to build your credibility to your prospective employer in minutes. It's so important that you leave your interview with a good impression, because this will set you apart from other applicants early on. The purpose of the interview is simple: