When it comes to job-searching and promotions, there’s no magic bullet. Some may find that the opportunities come to them, while others may find themselves getting stuck for several months. Many factors are at play, but your best bet is to focus on the ones that you can control and adopt some of these habits of highly employable people.
Management pioneer Peter Drucker wrote, “We will have to learn to develop ourselves. We will have to place ourselves where we can make the greatest contribution. And we will have to stay mentally alert and engaged during a 50-year working life, which means knowing when and how to change the work we do.” And Drucker is right: one of the hallmarks of highly employable people is the intention behind their careers. When they show up, they understand where their contributions will be most impactful, and they manage the things for which they are responsible, including workload and initiatives. These top performers also involve other people in their decision-making process, like consulting stakeholders.
According to Samantha Kris, success coach and best-selling author, people who invest in their personal development will often turn to work as their outlet for positive change, which means that their desire to grow and make a positive impact corresponds to career opportunities. Highly employable people are not ones to settle for complacency. They are constantly seeking out opportunities to grow, often by getting out of their comfort zone. This can manifest as developing their skills outside of the workplace or as asking for more responsibilities at work. They recognize when they are becoming stagnant and will seek out new opportunities to combat the stagnation.
Asking for Feedback
A person who seeks growth also understands that there is always room to improve. In addition, they welcome constructive feedback and often ask for it because they know its importance in helping them to progress. Mistakes and failures are not setbacks and instead are opportunities to learn. Highly employable people also seek to understand their successes in order to amplify and replicate them in the future. Another attribute that comes with asking for feedback is the ability to effectively listen. The feedback recipient can assess all of the factors in a given situation and draw insights from them by observing and listening.
This is not an exhaustive list of traits, but it is a good starting place for those looking to further develop themselves in the workplace. The ability to manage oneself is highly valuable when juggling many priorities and projects and helps you to understand where your efforts will make the most impact. One of the keys to success is to always strive for growth, whether it be in or out of the office. And finally, by opening up to feedback, you may feel yourself opening up to vulnerability, but with that comes opportunity.