With the rise of artificial intelligence and automation shifting the job landscape, you might be wondering how to get hired and choose the best path forward is to ensure career success. It’s certainly a topic with which Concordia faculty, staff, and students are grappling constantly.
But there’s good news. Even as jobs change and new ones are created and job hopping becomes solidified as a new norm for younger professionals, one thing is still in your control: your hireability. If you have good hireability, you can navigate the job landscape skillfully, no matter how much it changes.
How to Get Hired
Regardless of what industry you work in or what job you take on, there are a few key transferable skills that you can develop in order to retain your hireability and keep you in high demand. Mastering these skills is the best way you can set yourself up for success no matter where you take your career.
1. Writing and speaking effectively
The importance of effective communication won’t ever go away because communication is needed in every area of professional and personal life. If you can communicate well verbally, you’ll get in the door. But being able to communicate effectively via the written word will keep you there. Whether you’re designing a product or service, selling that product or service, or communicating with internal teams and external consumers on how to use that product or service, effective communication is a must.
2. Creating and using digital or multiple modalities
With writing and speaking skills covered, being able to utilize different modalities, particularly digital ones, to communicate will not only equip you to communicate effectively with local communities but also with the larger, global one. Often the tools by which we communicate to one audience don’t work well for another whether that be a difference of geographic location, age, or technological access.
3. Thinking and problem-solving critically
No matter what field you go into or what position you accept, you’ll have to bring creative problem solving to the job. Whether it’s solving a public relations nightmare, developing a new product, communicating with customers, or balancing a budget, creative problem solving, coupled with critical thinking, will give you an edge when faced with any kind of issue.
How to Build Hirable Skills
Commanding these three characteristics enhances your hireability to employers and makes you indispensable once you land a job. Even if you don’t yet possess these characteristics or worry that you don’t have a proficient grip on them, we have another bit of good news for you: they can be taught.
A liberal arts education doesn’t just expose you to all of these characteristics, it makes them a cornerstone of your entire educational experience, ensuring that when you graduate you have full command of each one. An education received at an liberal arts institution sets you up to be flexible and adaptable, able to take on new and changing jobs with a solid foundation of critical thinking and communication skills.
Preparing for Multiple Career Paths
Perhaps the most important benefit that you can gain from a liberal arts education is that it prepares you for multiple career paths. As mentioned earlier, the job landscape is changing. People are no longer staying in one job for life. A liberal arts education gives you exposure to mathematics, science, art, social sciences, theology, and more to build an extra layer of flexibility and knowledge upon that strong foundation of transferable skills.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing an education at Concordia or another liberal arts institution, we encourage you to take the time to explore fully each one’s foundation to see exactly what kind of exposure you’d get to the liberal arts. Ensure that the classes offered and skills taught cover the three key characteristics outlined above so you never have to wonder how to get hired.
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