Dementia Awareness Week just ended* and it has put the spotlight on the role played by thousands of part and full time carers out there.
In particular I’ve talked to several people involved with caring for Dementia patients. Those conversations reminded me of the many valuable skills you get from caring for others. Skills which offer a lot to employers seeking fresh talent..
Professional Skills Gained Through Volunteering
Ever focused exclusively on the goal of helping others and lost track of your own priorities? Not to worry, there is an answer to the question:
OK I have done a lot of caring – how do I run those talents into worthwhile job skills?
The skills you use to look after others look good on a resume or CV, especially if you can relate them to the types of employment that interest you.
The trick is to explain the situation in which the skill was used, what task you were responsible for and the action you carried out. What results did you achieve illustrating the skills you want to highlight?
There is a long list of skills from which you can choose, including the following:
You need to be aware** of what you want to achieve before you can become a good planner. Once you are focused on your main task you will be ready to help to bring about the right results, at the right time.
However you go about your planning (maybe you use a wall chart, a smart phone app, or a diary) you still know what results you expect to create at each stage.
You also know which legal, medical or financial rules you have to follow at each stage to get what you want.
What does a successful final outcome look like?
It is exhausting to try to achieve results on your own.
How do you communicate with others so you build new relationships and bring allies into your world?
What do you offer to bring their skills on board?
Even the best plans can get derailed by unforeseen problems.
Obviously you will have tried to manage the basic risks involved in your project. What does your Plan B look like, should things go wrong?
How will Plan B bring the overall project back into line?
How do you record what you have achieved to ensure you learn how to get better results next time?
Your Next Steps
Thanks for reading about 3 of the key skills which caring can add to your CV. I would love to hear from you. What skills have you gained through volunteering? How have you used those skills in your professional life?
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*Here is a useful link about Dementia – https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/
** Here is a 30 minute video I recorded recently, worth a look if you would like to learn more about self- awareness. http://bit.ly/Self-Awareness-Superstar-Part-1-Of-3