Leading digital financial media organization, TheStreet, featured Pinstripe & Ochre House Executive Vice President, Angela Hills in an article published on January 3, 2014. The editorial, How to Focus Your Job Search in the First Quarter , seeks to inform job seekers of the essential leadership skills and performance techniques to compete in today’s talent market.
Specifically, Angela explores the importance of agility and adaptability, international experience, training and a never-ending willingness to develop new competencies. Insight from Angela on the preeminent skills that will “boost resumes” in 2014 can be viewed below.
Excerpts from the article:
On the importance of agility and adaptability:
"We're seeing a strong need for adaptability, flexibility, agility, whatever you want to call it," says Angela Hills, Executive Vice President at Pinstripe & Ochre House, a global talent acquisition and management firm. "Organizations need people who can get in and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of their business."
"Being able to jump in and sort things out during periods of ambiguity and perform effectively during those uncertain times is a skill in and of itself," Hills says. "Candidates should come prepared with instances when they have demonstrated this."
On the importance of international experience:
"There is the perception that there is a shortage of people in the right point in their career that they are willing to take international assignments," Hills says. "There is a heated conversation about how we can think differently about international experience – how we can make it desirable and make it work."
As more organizations realize they can't just look at business from a single region, individuals who have had global experience and taken international assignments have a marketable and transferable skill, Hills says – they've just got to connect to the value.
On the importance of certifications, training and a willingness to learn:
Many industries have specific technical skills that require training and/or certifications that must be renewed – sometimes annually. If you're not current on the trainings within your industry, you need to get that way, Hills says.
"With that said, you've also got to recognize that in some environments, the pace of keeping up with the latest and greatest is an ongoing challenge," she says. "Really good companies are looking for your willingness to learn, more than they're looking for you to have every training session completed."
"Companies have recognized that they aren't going to find people who check every box of competencies," Hills says. "But they do want to see that you know what's happening and you know what's coming – that you've taken your personal time to keep up with the latest and greatest in your industry."
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