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Your Unique Skillset: Stand Out In Your Career

As an ex-teacher turned digital marketer, SEO expert, and mindfulness leader, I know that living the life of your dreams is possible through the power of intention and purpose combined with building your skillset. I’ve changed career paths multiple times and with each turn, things got better and better. I was able to take the skills I had learned and developed from one job with me to the next job, which helped me stand out from the crowd. I don’t only have one set of skills, I have a whole bunch of cool and unique skills. — “You’re a marketer who also has experience in teaching and education? Cool, you can help us hone in on better keywords and headlines for the education ads”. Well thanks for noticing, I’d be happy to! (See, Dad, that bachelor’s degree in education hasn’t gone to waste! 😉)

I want you to take some time this week and reflect on your unique set of skills too. What things set you apart from others? What have you learned from your particular experiences, that others haven’t? You did musical theater in high school and now you work in environmental science? Awesome. I bet those theater skills help you have confidence in presenting your ideas to others. (or make some other type of connection like that)

No two people have exactly the same set of skills and experiences, and that’s what makes us all so unique. It’s important to recognize that individuality and be proud of it. Taking a few moments to reflect on your own distinct attributes can help to inspire confidence and open your eyes to a whole new set of possibilities. It’s an informative exercise that can fuel more creativity and bring about new ideas.

How To Identify Your Unique Skillset

If you’re feeling stuck or unsure of where to start to figure out what makes you special, try journaling your thoughts and feelings, your likes and dislikes. I know, us mindfulness and meditation teachers get repetitive in saying this. But whether you want to believe it or not, it really does help bring some of those hidden thoughts to the fore-front. Words are a powerful thing. It can really help you gain clarity and identify any limiting beliefs or fears that may be holding you back. Remember to be kind to yourself and celebrate your progress, no matter how small.

If you’re struggling with this, don’t worry. It’s a process that takes time and self-reflection. Start by asking yourself what brings you joy and fulfillment. What activities make you lose track of time and feel energized? What problems in the world do you want to solve? Reflecting on these questions can help you identify your values and passions, which can lead to a clearer sense of purpose and intention.

Intention and purpose can also be powerful tools for advancing your career and building confidence. By setting clear intentions and having a strong sense of purpose, you can increase your focus and drive, and achieve your career goals.

Try setting specific career intentions, such as landing a new job or promotion, improving your skills, or developing a new project. Write down your intentions and create a plan of action to achieve them. This can include networking, updating your resume, or taking courses to improve your skills. Then, take some time to reflect on what drives you and what you want to achieve in your career. This could be making a positive impact on others, advancing in your field, or simply doing work that you love. What part of these things are you already good at, and how can you use those specific strengths to boost other areas to make that goal happen?

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Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

Remember that it’s never too late to learn something new or develop a new skill. Don’t be afraid to take on new challenges and step outside of your comfort zone. With the right mindset and a clear sense of purpose, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. So go out there and make your dreams a reality!

Drawing from the past can be a great way to grow and develop in the present. By learning from our experiences, we can shape our skillset for the future. Taking the time to pause, reflect, and assess can help us identify the areas where we can excel and those lacking in our abilities. We can then use this knowledge to create informed choices for what to do with our newfound skills. Taking the time to understand our strengths and weaknesses will help us build an even stronger set of tools to build success. So, learn from the past, develop in the present, and create a stronger future.

Thanks for reading! Let’s connect on LinkedIn and share our expertise and experiences! I’m all about learning from one another and what we have to give.

I am a seasoned branding strategist and SEO expert. I write about productivity, stress relief, and harnessing self-awareness for personal and professional growth. Join the exclusive community with the newsletter by subscribing below!

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