5 Common Skill Gaps and How to Bridge Them

No matter how experienced and educated you are, certain jobs might require different skills, some of which only come with experience in the working world. From figuring out how to be diplomatic in a formal setting to going to work with your best foot forward, no one person is going to excel at everything, even if they’ve been working for years.

Posted on: Monday, April 25th, 2022

Here are five common skill gaps that you can work on in order to be your best self.

1) Social skills

Most careers will require you to interact with and speak to people, even if you work from home. From your co-workers to clients, having good social skills can help you not just in advancing your career, but also in creating a reputation and persona that others will approach with ease – which will make your job easier in the long run, especially if you rely on others to get your work done. Whether your primary contact prefers to speak plainly to you, or to load up their questions with facts, knowing how to get along with everyone is one of those life skills that isn’t just good for your career; it’s good for the rest of your life too.

2) Evaluation

Situations change quickly, especially if you’re in a busy period, and you might find that you need to adapt and re-evaluate the way you work in order to get the most out of your working day. Learning what’s working for you in the moment, evaluating your existing routine, and making any necessary adjustments and changes is a crucial part of balancing your workload and making sure you don’t take on more than you can handle.

3) Project and time management

Going hand in hand with evaluation skills, knowing how to manage your time successfully can make a big difference in the way you approach projects and your day. More importantly, knowing how to manage your time successfully means also realising that some people will take up a lot of your energy and your time and to plan accordingly for situations where you have more than enough room to finish all you want to do in a day.

4) Presentation skills

At some point in your career, you will have to explain something to others, and knowing the best way to do so is important to make sure that you communicate the exact thing you need to communicate. Having a good idea in theory is not helpful if you cannot communicate why the idea is worth pursuing to others who might be able to make it happen – and that’s just for when you need to explain something to your co-workers! If you want to talk to clients, having good presentation and communication skills is vital as you’ll need to justify the work you’re doing to your clients – and that might be harder to do if you struggle with presenting your work.

5) Attitude

The other skills on this list can be developed through experience, but attitude is more of a mindset. In today’s working environment, having the right attitude is everything: it’ll allow you to keep going when your work gets challenging, help you understand what needs to be done and changed in order to advance, and helps you learn from any mistakes you’ve made. Most importantly, it’ll help you maintain positivity during times of stress, both in the workplace and at home.

StreetHR is dedicated to teaching these life skills in our daily workshops and tailor-made training and coaching experiences. Please contact us for more information!