I have the massive responsibility of hiring employees for my employer.
Leadership trusts me to review resumes, interview, and determine which of those candidates fits our culture and can make a positive impact on the company.
It’s a big job, and I love it.
But after interviewing hundreds of candidates, I have learned a few things about job-seekers. Many of those I interview:
- Don’t read books about their chosen career path.
- Don’t follow news alerts that are relevant to their work.
- Don’t have a learning plan to ensure they are continually improving in their chosen field or industry.
I won’t hire those humans.
When selecting candidates to bring onto my team, I want active learners who are intentionally leveling up. They are bringing their best self to the interview and are ready to showcase how committed they are to the field/industry/role.
In short, being intentional about continuous learning in your chosen or desired career path will help you land your dream job!
- LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) – This is a paid feature on the professional networking site, LinkedIn. Often, I see free trials and free annual subscriptions, so keep your eyes peeled if the investment is hefty for you. Professionals across hundreds and hundreds of industries post phenomenal video trainings on everything from how to more effectively use Excel to how to improve your emotional intelligence. Deep dives into software platforms, communication training, and much much more. Include one video per month in your learning plan and you will absolutely level up!
During the pandemic, they have been offering many for free! Here’s September’s list.
- YouTube – Free! I have used the heck out of YouTube while trying to learn all the tools necessary for this blog. Here is some of what I’ve learned:
- How to use WordPress.
- Where to start with SEO.
- How to upload a reel on Instagram (yes, literally).
- How to <PICK A TOPIC> — you have a wealth of instructional content at your fingertips.
Take time to learn a new skill, deepen your expertise, or engage with experts. All of this work will be worth it!
- Books – “But I hate reading!” Sorry, no empathy from me. You are here. You are reading this blog. Why not pick up a book? Bill Gates and Barack Obama are exceptionally well-informed. Why? They read constantly. A few of my career focused favorites:
- Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan
- Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
- The Subtle Art of Not Givng a F*ck by Mark Manson
- Rain Making: Attract New Clients No Matter What Your Field by Ford Harding
- StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
Taking some intentional action to boost your knowledge will make you exceptionally valuable to your employer and your future employers. Level up and change your life!
Are you inspired to create an active learning plan?
What are your favorite books to aid in your career growth?