How to Leverage Your Unique Skill Sets

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We all bring something unique to the table when it comes to the workforce. Whether it is being a specialist on in-demand software or having battle-tested retail management experience–all of us have unique skill sets we can leverage for new and better paying opportunities.

Where are you needed?

You have the skill sets. Check!

You have the desire to grow. Check!

You have experience. Check!

…But where do you go? Relocating might be your best bet. If you are situated and comfortable in a certain area but wish to expand on your unique skill sets you just might have to bite the bullet and move. At first, it can be a difficult proposition. There are regions in specific parts of the country that need what you bring to the table. However, you need to keep in mind: your family and friends, home-life balance, and other intangibles that keeps you living where you are now.

Leveraging your Skills at Current Job

Although companies these days are savvy about what talent they have and need in order to stay competitive, finding out just how much you’re worth to your current employer is very important. Assessing your talents sometimes isn’t the easiest. Go out and do a little research on your skill sets and how you stack up to others in your industry. Also, reach out and find some guidance from recruiters or career specialists to find out your leveraging capabilities on the open market. This insight is invaluable to your career and your future because it can reposition for: more money, job advancement and setting new career goals at your current employer.

Making your Own Niche as an Entrepreneur

If your skill sets are so unique and you have opportunity to acquire client/business easily then being an entrepreneur is right for you. Although you might not have an inclination to strike out on your own, it’s perhaps an opportunity that makes sense professionally and financially. Again it is important to sit down and jot down the pros and cons and to carefully review if it’s a path you want or must take. Remember: you always have options. Be sure to consult your mentor (if you have one), any professionals that you know well, and any outside experts that can bring an unbiased opinion to the table.

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