The 7 Jobs You Need To Learn

If you're currently looking for a new job -- or want to move ahead in the job you already have -- there are seven jobs you need to learn.

Don't panic. You won't have to work seven times longer or harder. These jobs can easily be integrated into your current work with minimal effort. They are accomplished simultaneously with your primary work by changing your orientation and focus and, if done correctly, they will greatly increase your value to your employer, customers and colleagues. As I discuss in my new book, "Up, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad or In Between," the ideas that follow will greatly increase your odds of success, regardless of the job market or future circumstance.

1. Experience Manager

Every interaction with another person creates an experience that leaves a memory of you and your work. How are you consciously designing these experiences to be positive? Enriching? Rewarding? Lasting? Since most people don't tell you about their experience unless it is awful, you have to work intentionally to design experiences that draw people back for more and that gets them to tell others about you, your products, and your services.

2. Value Creator

All great employees (including CEOs, owners, board members, etc.) add value to the organization's offerings. Being a value creator is a form of job security. Value neutral employees are interchangeable or worse, replaceable.

3. Talent scout

Identify people within and outside your organization who would be a valuable addition to your team. Talent scouts have the ability to understand the talents and abilities that individuals possess and match them with organizational needs. This makes your team stronger, but it also makes you a go-to person for resources and talent advice. Others will want to know who you know who can help.

4. Ambassador

A person is known by the company he or she keeps, and an organization is known by the people it keeps. You represent your organization, as well as yourself, to customers and vendors. Learn the history of your organization well enough so that you can share it frankly and passionately with outsiders.

5. Amplifier

Increase the good that happens around you by noticing and noting it to others. Most people can spot what's wrong and complain about it. An amplifier knows the work around him well enough to spot what's right, praise the work, and praise the person or people responsible for it. Good news often is so subtle that it needs amplification to be heard. Noticing good work and telling others is a positive influence on any organizational culture.

6. Router

Internet data is broken into chunks called "packets," and routers make sure those packets go where they are supposed to go. Similarly, a good communicator makes sure information gets to the right people in a timely manner. Peter Drucker famously said that good communication is about who needs what information and when. Developing the judgment and discernment for routing information correctly and efficiently is a valuable skill set.

7. Interpreter

As Erwin Raphael McManus put it, "People don't need more information. They need more insights." Understand information and how it applies to the people and circumstances around you. Offer context. Offer insights. Provide the links that turn chaos and confusion into order.

Look for opportunities to practice these jobs each day and you'll be amazed at the benefits you create for others in your work.

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What ever happen to working smart and not hard? And, why are there so many people in the United States so against an educated society? Would it be; the less educated the society is the better chances of find someone to work for low paying wages?

September 16 2011 at 12:49 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

From time to time, "insights" from others with business experience are useful to have in the back of your mind. B-schools often ignore career changing strategies in their ciriculum but probably by design to leave them in the care of the school of hard knocks or better known as the hard way.

September 16 2011 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yep, sounds nice, but only if your management is drinking the same Kool Aid. Mr. Sandborn is correct, yet the principals only apply in a perfect world, where management and all the other forces of control, might possibly, care. Yep, care. If not, all the routing and amplifying and being of value is for naught within an organization that is control by a dictator or someone with McBethian Power. Thanks, but some of us need the reciepe for the Kool Aid for the bosses cofffee pot.

September 16 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What it means in the work world. Is. Be a slave to your job. Kill yourself for a B.S. wage.
And when they are done with you. Zip. Bye! Been there done this crap!
Don't kill yourself. Not today. Your job will go over seas soon. Are to Mexico.
And you will be in the UP line. The USA way.

September 16 2011 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is excellent, valuable advice for everyone in every station. Thank you.

September 16 2011 at 10:28 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Lead, Follow or get the hell out of my way.....

September 16 2011 at 9:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I saw nothing but seven platitudes. I am more than a workplace buzz-word.

September 16 2011 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to gr8bsn's comment

I missed the part of the article that said an employee was a buzzword. Where was that?

September 16 2011 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I missed the part of the article that suggested an employee was a buzzword. Where was that?

September 16 2011 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to sim21815's comment

"gr8bsn" was describing the points that the WRITER was making as buzzwords.

September 16 2011 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

I found the article to be far more helpful than the inane and lame negative comments posted. How's that victim mentality working for you blamers in getting a job? Anybody out of work is somewhere between frustrated angry. Channel it into something constructive or criticize and denigrate those people trying to do something positive. Doesn't seem like a difficult choice for a mature adult. Of course it is easier to whine and make smart ass comments than do the work.

September 16 2011 at 9:08 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

here is the real list of skills you need nowadays. 1) BS shoveler (2) con artistry (3) obstacle course navigator. (4) useless paperwork generator (5) jargon/ buzzword translator ( to english) (6) work your tail off. (7) keep your trap shut even when you know something wrong cause management does not want to hear any ideas that goes against what they perceive in their minds will work.. Bottom line is you can have all the skills in the world but if the order is made to cut salaries to try and save a buck if you cost the company too much to keep around despite the level of service you give them you are out the door.

September 16 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ibebigbill's comment

LOVE # 7 and bottom line that you give. I wonder how it is that Martha Stewart can go to/get out of jail and have a TV show(s) and people that I worked with at my last employer (13 years) are violating company rules/industry standards are STILL there (and were laid off AND brought back!)and I was never even warned of not being recalled after a lay-off .

September 16 2011 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Assuming you can get a job today, cough.

Most employers are too busy telling you what you cannot do, or are in a cycle of cynicism and don't want you to grow or express yourself while in a job. Nice dream up there, but that is not reality.

September 16 2011 at 7:04 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to toddisit's comment

I haven't had any problems getting a job, an the author is correct. You appear to be your own worst enemy.

September 16 2011 at 8:23 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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