by Deborah Knox on November 7, 2011

  1. When I first saw the term the “unemployables” applied to the mature worker I cringed. But in order to make sure we are not in that category there are some basic skills we need to master. We’re all good communicators or we wouldn’t have gotten this far, right? But specifically we need to improve or master our communication skills, especially in using social media, but also in demonstrating good grammar and the ability to write complete sentences.  Another key for increasing the likelihood of being one of the employed, is to seriously begin some structured learning activities. It will make you feel more motivated and you’ll begin to get excited about what you are learning and that’s exactly what you want.  So, you’ll have something to communicate. Right.

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Willow November 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hadn’t heard the term “unemployable” and it made me cringe as well. Will you be writing about “structured learning activities”? It sounds good, but I don’t know what exactly that means. Thanks for the help! I always enjoy your posts.


Deborah November 17, 2011 at 9:52 am

That’s a good questions – structured learning activities” take place when we set an intention to learn or increase our capacity in specific areas.
For example, each of the skills sets has listed 3 activities you can engage in to assess and likewise increase your performance. One of the skill sets listed in my FREE New Employability Skills, is:
Interpersonal and Facilitation. The skills listed in this category focus on relationship building in acquiring and maintaining work. They are also important in communicating with partners, vendors and customers across the board.

• You demonstrate insight into motivating human behavior
• You develop and practice team building skills
• You manage conflict and practice negotiation and mediation skills

Pick anyone of these activities and develop an action plan and be sure to evaluate your progress. That’s what keeps us going.


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