There’s a different climate in today’s job search. Phrases like, “downsize” have taken a more positive spin to “rightsize”. Fine tuning your skills and reinventing yourself can help catapult you to your next role. Just because you were a shoe salesperson yesterday doesn’t mean you have to be a shoe salesperson today or tomorrow. The transferability of skill set is critical in preparing for your next career move.
Let’s take a closer look at the shoe salesperson. People who sell shoes have expertise in customer service, sales, marketing, point of purchase display and conflict resolution.
Case in point: Remember the last time you went to a one day sale and two people were fighting over the last pair of designer shoes in size 7? Who broke up the battle? The salesperson, who had the ability to problem solve and find a solution. Perhaps, it was finding a different color or locating the item at a neighboring store. Problems are opportunities for solutions.
Christopher Bowe’s entry for The Harvard Business Review http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/05/reinvent_your_career_by_writin.html talks about how he used his skills and applied them to other industries.
Metrics are another important tool on your performance. How many pairs of shoes were sold last month? Compare that to the month before and we begin to build a trend of your personal sales on a monthly basis. One can forecast sales depending on upcoming specials, coupons and holidays. These measurable formulas can build strong analytical outcomes and add a competitive edge to your resume.
Take advantage of in-house training and on line training courses. As seen in http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/22/business/to-stay-relevant-in-a-career-workers-train-nonstop.html?pagewanted=all workers are participating in training to keep themselves current. Companies are looking for people who have the mental agility to apply what they know to what they can learn and share best practices within the company.
The networks and relationships you have built will help in your career transition.Changing industries may seem daunting at first but, it could be the beginning a new employment chapter!