Learnability is a hot topic trending right now. If you are not familiar with the concept, Learnability is “the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one’s skill set to remain employable throughout their working life.” In short, to be successful in your current job, as well in searching for your next job, you need to be constantly learning and building your skills and experiences to adapt to the changing job demands.
I recently reviewed a video presentation on Six Ways to boost your Learnability by Dr. Tomas Chamarro-Premuzic, CEO of Hogan Assessments. While reviewing the ways to increase Learnability I thought about how these same six activities apply to the job search process. Below are the six activities presented and how I think they can boost job search success.
- Know what you don’t know. This concept is about seeking feedback from others to better understand yourself and your areas for improvement. From a job seeker’s perspective, if you are not offered a position, try to find out why. Professionally and politely seek feedback from the recruiter or hiring manager to understand your limitations and in look for ways to improve in preparation for your next interview.
- Stop focusing on your strengths. It is important to know your strengths but don’t rely on them to the extent that your weak areas get weaker. Seek balance by developing and focusing on your weak areas.
- Cut down distractions. The job search process can present many distractions as you may have more time on your hands. Avoid your time being consumed by an activity that is not something that provides value in terms of development or job search success.
- Hang out with people different from you. From a job search perspective this relates to networking and stretching beyond your comfort zone in terms of your connections. Force yourself to engage with people different from you in terms of education and experience levels, backgrounds, occupations and industries.
- Volunteer and say yes more often. This is a great way to build new skills, meet new people to expand your network and demonstrate your motivation and drive for self-improvement and growth.
- Embrace psychological diversity. Be open to new attitudes and views that differ from yours. This concept can help you accept rejection and understand that everyone has different motives, values and preferences. By understanding that differences exist, it can help us accept that we may or may not fit in certain jobs, companies or even industries.
Not only will these six actions boost your learnability but I believe they will positively impact your job search as well. Get started understanding what you may not know about yourself by taking the Learnability Quotient (LQ) today.