Work-life balance. Business or pleasure. Ya gotta keep ‘em separated. Or do you? Here’s 10 skills employers are looking for in 2015. If you’re not referencing your automotive experiences to highlight your abilities in these areas, you should.
Work-life balance is perfectly fine if your job sucks and you hate it. Work-life-parallel, on the other hand, well, that’s what I want for my gearhead brothers and sisters around the world. True success comes from helping others achieve success for themselves in my book. That’s why I’m all about work-life-parallel.
Balance requires opposing forces in equal measure. 8 hours of work. 8 hours of fun. Why does work have to be at odds with what we want to do with our lives beyond the paycheck? Parallel means those 8 hours at work pay our bills, but they also help us develop skills we need to do the things we want to do with our lives outside work.
I came across this article on Forbes.com on LinkedIn and immediately knew I had to share it with you. I’d like to run a Top 10 list of some sort every month this year, but I want them to be relevant more so than clickbait. In other words, if I’m going to tease you with a Top 10 list, I want it to deliver real value.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES & EMPLOYERS (NACE)
10 SKILLS EMPLOYERS WANT MOST IN 2015
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- Ability to work in a team structure
- Have you ever been on a site/moderator/admin team?
- What about a race team? Service crew or courseworker?
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems (tie)
- Ever troubleshoot a mechanical/electrical problem?
- Ever collaborate with others to solve a problem remotely?
- Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
- How do you tell a parent what’s wrong with his or her vehicle?
- How is that different from a fellow gearhead?
- Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
- When you buy a new project, what happens first?
- How do you prioritize maintenance, repair, & modification? Why?
- Ability to obtain and process information
- Faced with a new platform or problem, where do you start your search?
- Next level maneuver: How do you vet the quality of the information?
- Ability to analyze quantitative data
- Ever compare spring rates? Treadwear? Boost? Timing?
- If you’ve got your own website, what are you doing about pageviews & bounces?
- Technical knowledge related to the job
- Here’s that business acumen thing we just talked about.
- Next level maneuver: Explain how the role is work-life-parallel
- Proficiency with computer software programs
- How much experience do you have with standalones or piggybacks?
- Have you self-taught yourself any programs to help with your car stuff?
- Ability to create and/or edit written reports
- C’mon. You know you’ve got a build thread or two out there.
- Maybe you’ve created or edited the odd wiki page?
- Ability to sell and influence others
- Hint: They’re looking for leadership ability here.
- Ever rally the troops to make a larger project happen quickly?
HIGH PERFORMANCE MACHINES
HIGH PERFORMANCE SKILLS
I think, deep down inside, we all know we’ve got these skills, but somewhere along the way, we bought into the idea that what we do for fun – modifying our vehicles – has to remain separate from what we do for a living. This isn’t the case at all.
On the surface, work-life-parallel sounds like we’d all be racecar drivers and world explorers. For some people, it is. Work-life-parallel could mean you drive you build custom parts all day in a cutting edge shop, then pull your own machine in to work on your own crazy ideas. But it can also mean shifting gears, mentally, to find things of value in your current job which you can apply to personal benefit outside of work.
BETTER LIVING THROUGH BUSTED KNUCKLES
We didn’t just pop the hood, wave a spanner, and VOILA! Double our horsepower. We put in the time. We read ‘til our eyes bled. We asked questions and sought answers. We got out there and tried doing it ourselves. Over the years, we learned some tough lessons, but we’re better for it. Our time with the machines, covered in all manner of mechanical filth, bleeding, swearing – we’ve learned a lot. And it’s damn valuable if you ask me.
Could this be our Gearhead MBA? There’s really only one way to find out. Start thinking about this stuff. That Top 10 list up there is actionable information. We just need to take a closer look at what we’ve done and translate it for our resumes, cover letters, and interviews.
Have YOU used your gearhead experiences to land a better job? Get in touch! I want to interview you!