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In an increasingly competitive labor market, staying relevant is no longer an option, but a necessity.

Before Entering The Job Market

If you are an undergraduate do some soul-searching and identify your own areas of interest before embarking on a job hunt. What did you enjoy most while in school? Which subjects and projects were you particularly passionate about? Think about your vacation jobs or internships and pick out specific experiences that you found most inspiring. When you have all this information, you will be better prepared to select a job that you will enjoy.

The Initial Years

The first few years on the job are important for establishing yourself. As a young working adult, you should expose Yourself to as much as possible during these crucial years. This will enable you to decide the areas.

Continuous Learning

Staying relevant involves having up-to-date technical skills. Make sure that you are competent in new skills that are required in your job. Keep abreast of new technology by reading widely. Make continuous learning a priority. Pick a course that will complement your current qualifications.

Brush Up Your Soft Skills

Improving on soft skills or acquiring new ones is essential to stay relevant on the job. In order to move up the organisation's value chain, you need to have skills that set you apart from others. Soft skills that are sought after include those needed in leadership, project management, people management, communications and public speaking.

Get Promoted

A key step towards staying relevant is to get promoted. Clinching a promotion is testimony that the organisation recognises your contribution and potential. Getting a promotion is not an easy feat, though. It requires diligence, relevant knowledge and skills, and a firm under in which you can truly shine. Essentially, the more you do, the sooner you can find your niche and establish yourself in it.

Communicate Effectively

Have you ever been in a situation where your client got a different message from what you intended to convey? Look back and see if  something went wrong in the communication process. A message is successful only when both sender and receiver perceive it in the same way. To communicate your idea accurately, you need to understand the different components of the exchange process (sender, message, channel, receiver, feedback and context) and minimise the breakdown at each point.

Sender

Establish yourself as a credible source of information who knows your product, your client and the nature of the transaction. Understand the individuals or groups you are addressing so that you tailor your message accordingly.

Message

How you present your idea is crucial. If your message is too lengthy, disorganised, or contains errors, it has a higher chance of being misunderstood or misinterpreted. Poor verbal and body language skills can also confuse your audience.

Channel

Your message can be written, spoken or nonverbal. Nonverbal communications include eye contact, facial expressions, posture, gestures, clothing and personal space. Be mindful of your own nonverbal cues, as they can influence the interpretation of messages.

Receiver

Keep in mind the actions or reactions you hope your message prompts in your audience. The recipient comes into the communication process with predisposed ideas and feelings that will influence how they interpret your message.

Feedback

Pay close attention to the response from your audience, which can be verbal or nonverbal. Their reactions to your communicated message are your clue to whether they understood the message correctly or not.

Context

The situation in which your message is delivered is the context. This may include the surrounding environment or broader culture. It's not always just what you say, but how you say it through posture, overall body language and tone of voice.

Nonverbal Communication Cues

A person may say one thing but send a different message through vocal intonation and body language. These mixed signals create tension and distrust because the receiver perceives that the communicator is not being completely honest.

Here Are Two Aspects Of Nonverbal Communication You Should Pay Attention To

Visual

Body language includes facial expression, eye movement, posture and gestures. We have a tendency to "read" faces to interpret what people say and feel. Posture provides clues about the communicator's self-confidence, aggressiveness, guilt, or anxiety.

Vocal

The meaning of words can be changed significantly by changing the intonation. How you say "no" can express doubt, terror, anger, amazement or resentment.

 

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