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  • 6 Easy Steps To Overcome The Skills Gap And Advance Your Career

    It is frustrating when you are trying to advance your career and see a particular skill or experience you don’t think you have. What do you do? Do you dismiss the opportunity thinking you are unqualified or won’t be taken seriously? If you are a woman, the likely answer is yes, according to a Hewlett Packard report.

    If you want to be considered for a new assignment or job, it is your responsibility to communicate what you bring to it. Be confident in what you know, and have the courage to figure out the rest. Here are six steps to help you overcome the skills gap:

    1. Write out what you know.

    Put pen to paper, and identify the skills and expertise that you have. Look at your resume. Start with your most recent experience, and work backwards. Think about what you have accomplished. Write it down.
    The simple act of writing down this information will allow you to see what you know. Seeing is believing. Externalizing your expertise is powerful and will build your confidence.

    2. Write out what you believe you don’t know.

    There is a difference between what you don’t know and what you believe you don’t know. Sometimes what you believe you don’t know stems from being scared or having a bad experience. You know more than you think.

    3. Identify skills and experience related to what you believe you don’t know.

    Look at what you listed out as the areas you believe you don’t know. Ask yourself, “Is there something similar to this skill?” You may not have experience in one thing, but you probably have done something comparable.
    You have to identify and communicate related skills. Realizing that you have equivalent skills will give you the confidence you need to make others feel confident in your ability.

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