What skills do you need to get the job?

To get a new job you often need a new set of skills.

In a nutshell you need to know the skills you need and you need to know the skills and experience you have. The difference between the two is where you should focus your learning.

As simple as that sounds, it’s very rare that people act upon it and hence they have skills gaps which need filling. Once you know what the gap is you can start to put plans in place and a schedule of learning.

The earlier you become aware of the skills you need, the more chance you have of obtaining these skills ready for when you’re job hunting.

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Focus on these three things when searching for a new job

When job hunting focus on the following three core activities.

I always advocate a similar amount of time for each one, but experiment with your own balance. The important thing is that you spend some time doing each one.

The three main activities that you should be doing to get a job are: Building Your Network, Job Hunting and Learning.

Building your network

Your network will lead to new connections and more opportunities. A wider network can lead to greater diversity of opportunities.

Job hunting

To get a job you’ll need to track one down so spend a significant amount of your time scouring job sites, planning your speculative applications, applying for jobs and updating your CV.


There will always be a job that requires some skill or experience you don’t have.

Sit an online course, connect with thought leaders or volunteer your time to a community project – these are all things you can do right now and they’ll give you more skills, experience and learning.

If you focus your energies on the three activities (Building Your Network, Job Hunting and Learning) you’ll increase your chance of getting a job and of you being the right fit for it.

How to use spaced repetition for learning

Space repetition is a great way to learn new things.

It’s pretty simple.

Let’s say you’re learning some new skill. You may read a few resources or sit a course and take some notes.

With spaced repetition you would set a reminder, say a week later, to go back over the notes again.

This space between repeating the learning gives your brain time to digest the information, link it to other bits of information and make sense of it. It means that when you revisit the information again you can gain deeper learning.

The human brain is remarkable and this techniques really helps me to learn deeper.

Try using Evernote to store the note and then set a reminder on it. Or use a calendar to remind you to revisit the learning.

When I apply this technique to learning, I get astonishing results.

Until next time.

Remember more with MOM

When you’re meeting people for the first time it can be easy to forget their names. The pressure, nerves and belief that you can’t remember people’s names can seriously affect your performance in an interview, at a networking event or even during your first few days at a new workplace.

Jim Kwik offers an approach outlined in his Be Sauve mnemonic. This is helpful for sure, but a simpler one from him that I quite like is his MOM one.

I use it all of the time.

It stands for:

  1. Motivation
  2. Observation
  3. Mechanics

If I were to ask you to remember the names of 20 people at a networking event you would likely say you can’t remember that many names, or your memory is bad, or that’s too many.
If I were to ask you the same thing but then offer you £100,000 if you did remember everyone then you would likely say you’d do it.

You have to be motivated to remember.

How many times do you lose something in the house? Like your keys, or paperwork, or the remote control, – sure – kids have a habit of moving things, but mostly it will be because you didn’t observe where you put stuff.

When you come in from work and chuck your keys down, it is likely that you don’t observe where you put them, which is why it’s hard to find them again. It’s not because you forgot, it’s because you didn’t observe.

The final M stands for mechanics – this is the process of storing information. Some people are very visual and hence will use visual mind tools to remember. Some prefer to write things down several times. Others will repeat names and words until they are sunk in. Mechanics of memory are very personal and we are all different. Experiment and see what works for you.

There you have it.

  • Be Motivated to remember.
  • Observe
  • Use Mechanics that make sense for you.

Until next time.