Written by Jaqquline Lawrie
Are you a broke university student living off 2-minute chicken noodles? Do you want a 6 figure paying job? If you answered yes (which I’m sure you did), then let me help you. According to a recent study conducted by Griffith University, ‘soft’ skills are vital when gaining employment and in some respects more sought after than actual degrees. Crazy, right?! Here are 8 easy steps that are bound to land you your dream job in marketing.
- Good Time Management
Time management is one of the most crucial ‘soft’ skills to master when working in high pressure jobs. By mastering good time management, it shows employers you are reliable, efficient and always delivering tasks on time. It also shows you are conscious over the amount of time you delegate to certain jobs, thereby increasing efficiency and productivity.
- The Ability to Multitask
Multitasking, the action of dealing with more than one task at a time, is another skill highly recognised by employers. An example of multitasking could be answering the phone, writing an email while playing waste paper basketball with Bill from accounting! Although multitasking may seem rather daunting, there are many simple methods that you can do to stay on top of your workload. “How do I multitask efficiently?” you may ask. Well, according to Nadia Goodman there are 3 easy steps.
First of all, Goodman suggests people work on related tasks together, as this will make it easier to move effortlessly between responsibilities. Secondly, it is suggested that people keep their to-do lists in eyesight, thus leaving a constant reminder of what duties need to get done.
The final step in Goodman’s methodology is to use your downtime to review new information. This is extremely important; one of the downfalls of multitasking is that it can occasionally cloud your memory. She suggests walking to and from work with important documents, as this can help reinforce knowledge that may leave you otherwise!
A link to further explore these steps in detail is: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225865
- Great Organizational skills
Organisational skills are one of the most transferable skills a person can possess. So regardless of what field of work you want to end up in, it’s necessary to master. According to Neil Kokemuller organisational skills are ‘the ability to manage duties through wise planning, time optimization, detail orientation and prioritization’ (Examples of Organization Skills, 2017). By become proficient at organisational skills, it can save a business owner time and decrease stress.
To read more about organisational skills and Neil Kokemuller’s visit: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/examples-organization-skills-14392.html
- Showing Initiative
Showing initiative is the first phase when implementing a sequence of actions. Additionally, it is the opportunity to take charge and lead a team or project. This ‘soft’ skill is fundamental in the marketing field as employers want their staff to speak up, take control and continuously develop. In grasping this skill, it will not only help you land your dream marketing job but it will also lead you to bigger and better opportunities.
- Priority Setting
Now, if you plan to move up in the company and get promotion after promotion, you definitely need to start priority setting. Priority setting is a skill required by all leaders, allowing you to focus on what’s important. It furthermore shows employers that you are motivated, as priority setting chooses a course of action for each task, guaranteeing it gets completed in the order of importance.
- Good Communication Skills
As marketing involves a lot of meetings, negotiation and collaboration, good communication skills are kind of a must. Without efficient communication skills you won’t be able to get your point across or negotiate the outcome you want. After all, you’re a representation of the company you’re working for and you want it to be reputable. Communication is one of those skills you develop over time though, so don’t stress too much. A great site to visit in regards to successfully mastering communication skills in the workplace is: www.thebalance.com
- Being a Team Player
No doubt, you’ll be working with a team of people to complete majority of your marketing projects, thus emphasizing the importance of being a team player. Team dynamics are crucial in completing tasks and working efficiently to get the best possible outcome. You don’t want to be the person who is difficult to work with, leaving the managers with extra work. Just remember, you all want the same outcome so sometimes it’s best to leave your troubles at the door and instead dive head into group tasks.
- Strong Work Ethic
The final skill highly sought after by employers is a strong work ethic. Strong work ethic is vital in ensuring a company is continuously reaching its goals and performing. What is strong work ethic though? Work ethic is a set of values held by an individual based on hard work and diligence. Ways to improve work ethic include being punctual, using time your wisely and developing professionalism. So, whether you’re an employee, manager or CEO, strong work ethic is necessary.