New Skills Developed On (and Off) the Job
are things you are doing that might not be included in your job description –
but should be.Certain skills are in
great demand in today’s new workplace.Get
credit for effectively using these skills on your present job and add them to
your resume for a time you might be searching for your next job.
planners are being downsized as companies cut reduce staff to cut costs.Admins can easily assume these roles.Getting involved in associations and community organizations can
provide opportunities to hone these skills with experienced mentors and
large group functions.
training.According to the
latest research in training, leading companies provide more
technical-related training than any other kind.The lion’s share of this training goes to IT staff, with
professional and administrative staff coming in second.Executives, managers, and supervisors received the least amount of IT
training.Many admins pick up
the slack and teach their execs how to use computer software.So, document all the training you have provided for your area and use
it to show your teaching skills.
Supervising.We often think of supervising as applying only to formal reporting
situations.If you oversee a
practicum student or an intern, hire and direct temporary or seasonal staff,
or support a receptionist, include that as part of your work experience.
site maintenance.Most companies
are using the Web as a primary vehicle to reach customers and employees.If you are responsible for publishing items on the Web, preparing
items for publishing, or doing the actual updating yourself, cite these
activities and continue to keep abreast of the latest in Web design and
software.Thanks to some
features in Office XP, what used to be a specialized Web Master function has
come within the realm of technical support staff.
meeting options.Most admins
schedule and arrange for face-to-face meetings.But, acknowledge all types of meetings for which you are responsible.That includes audio-conferences, Web conferences (with PowerPoint
presentations), and possibly video-conferences.Get recognized for finding the most cost-effective application for
the situation and knowing when to recommend one technology over another.
are just a few of the many new things you may be doing on the job.Continue to seek out new skills and justify using them to save time,
money, or resources for your company.This
will get you noticed and rewarded – on your present job and beyond.