James and Mary were interviewed by the co-founder of Praxis publishing house. James clearly stated his strength, and skills which included leadership skills, listening and communication ability, in his resume.
Mary was confident she would get the job, a writers' hub had recommended her. Not only was Mary recommended, but she also has an excellent writing style. She however had no other skill, hence there was no list of skills on her resume.
The interview was done, and one of them was given the job. Who do you think would have the job, and why?
Writers find it difficult to market and sell themselves. The rule says show, don't tell, despite knowing the rule, a lot of writers find it difficult to navigate the industry.
Have you ever been to an interview, perhaps for a job, or to enroll for a postgraduate course, your interviewer will ask you to tell them about your skills, and what makes you unique.
A person who is job-hunting needs to write out their skills in their resume, as that is motivation for a potential employer to make a decision.
Transferable skills are skills that enable you to become a better leader in your profession. These skills are not always learnt in the classroom, you grow to develop different skills. Say, you are in position to employ either of James or Mary, who would you have employed?
James: A young writer, 28 years old, a certified research writer, poet, leadership coach, and lifestyle blogger.
Mary: 35 years old writer, and high school teacher.
I bet that you would also employ James. Your success in your career is usually based on skills that you have acquired or are acquiring. Transferable skills, as I mentioned earlier are not always learned in school, it is sometimes a product of commitment and consistency. Below are some ways to improve on yourself:
- Be Open to feedback
How do you treat feedback as a writer? Your feedback is your mirror: to see what your readers want or think of your workTask 1: Avoid pushing your work down your reader's throat. Ask them for feedback always. Make them review your books, works and share it on their respective platform.
- Collaborate with others: Collaboration gives you a greater edged to achieve success. You can collaborate with other writers in your niche to get a book. An example of collaboration is being part of an anthology. Your ability to collaborate signifies your team spirit and humility. People who are resistant to team spirit/ work is reluctant towards collaboration. A writer's group is an avenue for collaboration. Task 2: Discover writers in your niche. Join a writers group, and participate regularly.
- Improve Critical thinking: How effectively do you make use of your mind? Writers create a world for themselves. A writer's mind is one of the busiest in the world. Great writers are usually creative thinkers. Task 3: Read new books. Engage in healthy conversation with your friends about one of such books.
- Goal setting: Goal setting is an important skill. As a freelancer for example, your clients should see that you are able to meet up deadlines.
Task 4: Have a to-do list for your writing tasks. Prioritize your tasks and see how well you manage your time.
Which of the above do you need to improve on?