What’s not on your resume?
- What you’ve learned about sourcing materials running your Etsy shop?
- How you’ve gained project management skills by chairing a nonprofit fundraiser?
- That you overcame your white-knuckle fear of public speaking by leading a Scout troop?
Skills you gain through life experience — you remember life — it’s what happens between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. — can propel professional growth.
But there’s rarely a place to wedge in these experiences on a traditional resume. And there are even fewer opportunities to apply off-hours experience on the job — at least, not officially. (If you’ve managed a carpool or playgroup, you have univerally applicable leadership skills.)
Finally, though, employers are starting to mine the deep veins of talent lurking in their very own corridors. As reported thoroughly in the Wall St. Journal, employers like Cisco, Google, and Booz Allen Hamilton are hard-wiring 360-degree talent searches into their human resources databases. Yup, they’re catching up with recommendations in The Career Lattice!
Employer are in sync with the life skills deemed most applicable to professional development by The Career Lattice research partner, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning:
- Cross-cultural adaptability
- Foreign language skills
- Willingness to relocate – i.e., appetite for adventure!
- Client retention track record
Have you discovered unusual life skills that have played into professional advancement? Tell us about it!