Are Your Best Skills Visible at Work?

skills, promotion, personality

The day after our first child was born I was offered my first full-time job. I took a position as the shipping clerk for a NAPA Auto Parts warehouse in Southern, MN. It was a relief to get this job and be able to provide more security for my young family.

I wasn’t necessarily hired for my “clerking” skills, since I had never been a shipping clerk before. I was hired because the General Manager had met me a couple of times, knew I could work hard, knew that I could be respectful and polite, and also knew that I could follow instructions. I guess in some ways, my best skills helped get me the job.

Three years later, I was offered a promotion to move into the sales department. The Sales Manager said that it wasn’t long after I was hired that he wanted to promote me. He liked my attitude and my ability to communicate with him and with others.

To me, these things didn’t seem like skills because they came naturally. I am a “High ‘I'” on the DISC Profile, which means that I tend to be good with people, like to share ideas, and can be very outgoing. As a Shipping Clerk I had the opportunity to interact with all of the departments in the warehouse. This gave me visibility and ended up helping me get a promotion.

Here are some questions to consider:

Do you Know What Your Best Skills are?

If YOU don’t know your best skills, others will likely not recognize them either. Sometimes you need some feedback from folks you trust. They can help you identify your strengths. You can also take an assessment to figure out your highest and best aptitudes.

Here are a couple of tools that have helped me. One can be purchased from Amazon and the other one I link to right here in my blog. Both are good.

The Strengths Finder 2.0 is a book that contains a link to an online assessment. Purchase the book and you can get the assessment.

The 48Days Profile is the DISC assessment that I mentioned earlier. This can be completed immediately and you will have your profile in just a few minutes. You can find the link on this page or just click here if you are interested.

Are Your Skills Visible to Others?

If people don’t have a chance to see your best skills, it will be more difficult to get the exposure you need. Is there a way that you can make this happen? Make sure you communicate with people around you.

  • Get to know people at your church.
  • Volunteer on projects in your community – this is a huge opportunity to connect with decision makers and others who are “giving back”. It puts you in a favorable light and your skills are easy to recognize.
  • Have conversations with leaders of your company. This can be done in the break room or when they are touring the facility. Take time to engage them.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself. Can you talk about your best skills in a sentence or two? Be humble, but also be confident.

Do you Have a Plan?

You need to have a plan. Have a 3 to 5 year set of goals. Where do you want to be? What do you want to be doing? What do you want to earn? Be conscious of where you are in this plan and take steps to get there. Leaders like employees with goals. Don’t be afraid to share this information with your supervisor, especially when they are giving you a favorable review.

Hopefully your best skills are visible to the right people in your world. Let me know what your best skills are in the comments below. Have your skills been recognized? Maybe I can help. Let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!


About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!