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22 blog posts by Gary Bolles

Coaches: Here are 4 Transferable Skills for Your Clients’ Success

Career counselors, coaches, and other professionals who help clients with career issues often ask: How can I help my clients become robot-proof?

 

I’d start with helping them to focus on four specific transferable skills.

 

Sure, there are hundreds of transferable skills, and different work situations inevitably demand different capabilities. But four skills stand out that job-hunters, career changers, and anyone who’s working need to focus on. These are:

 

Problem-solving. As Dick Bolles often said, the main reason someone is hired is to solve problems. It helps, of course, if you’re solving problems you love. But if a worker’s basic frame of mind is on solving problems, they are far more likely to be hired than someone who can’t speak in the language of problem-solving.

 

Adaptive. It used to be that nothing in life was certain but death and taxes, and in an era of life extension and digital currencies, these might be at risk. What is inevitable is the pace of change: If you thought self-driving cars were in the realm of science fiction, you won’t believe what’s just around the bend. So we all need to be adaptive problem-solvers, because the pace of change isn’t likely to slow down any time soon.

 

Creative. If you’re just solving the same rote problems over and over again - well, that’s going to be the domain of robots and software. Your clients need to be creative problem-solvers, always bringing their ability to innovate to the table.

 

Entrepreneurial. There will always be work that allows someone to simply sit and let problems come to them: There just won’t be a lot of it in the future. Workers need to be proactive problem solvers who go find problems and solve them. Now, that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to be an entrepreneur, starting their own business (although that’s a great strategy too). What it does mean is that people need to think entrepreneurially - which is basically to be a problem-solver for a customer or client. Even if a worker’s “customer” is someone inside their own organization, that worker still needs to focus on solving that customer’s thorniest problems.


Of course, it’s not by accident that those four transferable skills - Problem-solvers who are Adaptive, Creative and Entrepreneurial - spell out PACE. The pace of change is accelerating -- and your clients will need to practice these four skills to keep up.


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Give the Gift of Self-Inventory

After the holidays comes the new year, a time for many people to think about what will make the next year even better than the previous one. So why not jump in with a present that can help young and old to envision a more fulfilling future? Give the gift of self-inventory, with eParachute.

Take Me Back to the Start

Sometimes when you’re reimagining your career, it can be challenging to think about what might make you excited. Especially if you’ve been stuck in what you think of as a dead-end job, it can be hard to get a mental picture of what could be an enjoyable line of work for you in the future.

Creating a Picture of Your Next Career Step

As humans, we’re image-driven creatures. We have a marvelous ability to visualize pictures of everything from previous experiences to future activities. You can leverage that ability to your own advantage when you’re envisioning your next career step. 

To build that clear picture, it’s important to start by avoiding any thought about being realistic. When people tell you to...

Permission to Change

What keeps you from making a big change in your life? Sometimes it’s because you think you need permission from someone - maybe even from yourself.


Why do we need permission? As we mature into adulthood, we take on a variety of obligations. We often get...

Who Are You, Online?

Maybe you don’t spend a lot of time using social media. Or, maybe you do a lot, posting every day on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. Or, you could be doing something in between.


You’re probably using them more if you’re...

A Purposeful Flower

If the core of finding meaningful work is self-inventory, then the core of career self-inventory is The Flower. Devised by eParachute co-founder Dick Bolles, The Flower represents the seven most important factors about a job - and therefore the seven most important factors about you in your work.

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Tips for Finding Summer Work

If you’re in high school or college, and you already have summer work lined up, congratulations.

But if you’re still trying to find an internship or a paying job, it’s time to get creative.

Finding a work opportunity when you’re young can be a little easier if you’re willing to go without pay (also known as an internship) to get some on-the-job...

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