The Career Development Office [CDO] at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School thrives on the start-up environment of a young business school. We continuously read market trends, create new programs, and talk to industry experts as we prepare students for success in a global job market. This energy and forward thinking inspired a couple of career coaches to present at the 2015 Maryland Career Development Association conference and share what we learned in the past year. The conference drew career-minded professionals to talk on the theme, “Innovation vs. Tradition, Developing Career Pathways in a Rapidly Changing World.” It was the perfect environment for Carey CDO to introduce the 9 competencies identified as integral for success in the global market.
Recent research and market trends show that more than ever employers are looking for personal dimension skills, or soft skills, as they consider the right fit for their companies. In a recent New York Times article, “How to Get a Job at Google,” learning ability, emergent leadership, and humility are top skills cited as what the company seeks in a candidate; a little different than just “great Excel skills,” or “high GPA,” right?
Hard skills are important to master and showing a company you have “workability” is crucial; however, it’s important not to underestimate the need for “likeability” in the workplace. In a Wall Street Journal article, “Why Likeability Matters More at Work,” we learn that companies “recruit those who are trusted and well-liked to spread information or push through changes.” Personality, therefore, is just as important, if not more important, than technical ability.
So, how do you increase and hone these skills?
Based on research and trends, the CDO team has created a model that guides all internal and external programming and 1:1 coaching. The model consists of 9 core competencies: Emotional Intelligence, Self-understanding, Creativity, Professionalism, Communication, Ethics, Resilience, Adaptability, and Leadership.
In an ever-evolving work environment, employees need these skills to be effective. The structure of organizations is changing and the leader no longer sits at the top and holds all the information. Instead, information permeates all aspects of our lives and there are many different teams working in concentrated circles around the leader to get things done.
To meet the challenges of this new environment, in the last year we focused on transformational versus transactional coaching. We hope that students will develop and strengthen the aforementioned 9 core competencies during their time at Carey and that the CDO can be part of this growth by offering innovative and experiential programs and 1:1 coaching appointments.
We don’t want to just edit your resume and send you on your way. We want to challenge you to think about the big picture and engage in an exploratory conversation about the stories and experiences on your resume. We want to know what you want people to think and feel about you when they see your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile. What type of professional are you and what’s important to you? How did you decide to get into your field? What value can you deliver to a company?
Carey CDO aims to inspire, innovate, empower, and celebrate the success of students and alumni. We also seek to live these competencies internally. We’re proud of what we do and the way we help students progress in their professional development … so proud, in fact, we had to tell others at a state-wide conference! Come into our office and we’ll share it with you too. We’ll make an individualized plan on how you can arm yourself with these 9 core skills and brand yourself as a candidate who meets the needs of today’s global job market.
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