Are you a social butterfly? Are you an expert at ‘working the room’ at a dinner party? Always the one returning from holiday with 20 new social media friends? If so, you’re en vogue. According to jobs expert Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., author of 150 Best Jobs for Your Skills, social skills now rank No. 1 among job skills in highest demand.
People assume that unlike a ‘skill’ such as an extraordinary aptitude for maths or languages, people skills are inherent. This is false. People skills are underrated by some but the ability to actively engage a group of people who are ‘so not you’, when you are feeling decidedly mediocre on the inside, can be a much harder skill to master than being able to solve Gromov’s problem on distortion of knots*. (Also insanely hard!)
1. Sales Manager
The best skill that the gregarious possess is the acute ability to really listen to their audience. As with any sales role taking the time to ask your prospect questions and listen to the answers makes them feel that you really care about them, not just what you are selling them. You must be a champion of enamoring your audience! Managing a sales team will take the Queen or King of social skills. They will be able to rouse enthusiasm, motivation and, most importantly, sales out of even those with the dreaded Monday morning, 2-day hangover.
2. Social Media Manager
It’s all in the name. If you are able to able to form a relationship with total strangers and can get some e-rapport going immediately then this is the job for you. Managing the social strategy for a company, your social aptitude will come through on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Flickr, Slideshare, Tumblr and whatever the next big communication platform is! As well as schmoozing complete e-strangers you will also have to ensure your relationship with your client is all going swimmingly. Which of course is fine, with your unparalleled social skills.
The customer always comes first remember! If you enjoy ensuring that the customer has the best experience that you can possibly provide then a career in hospitality could be perfect for you. Your ability to smile when customers are complaining and provide them with a happy solution will make you stand out from the competition. You’ll need to be able to up sell at every opportunity, without sounding like you are. It’s a tough industry, but has big rewards if you enjoy making other people feel good. Be prepared to work weekends though!
Perfect for those who love hobnobbing at a function and travelling the world on the company credit card. Liaising with people from all walks of life, you’ll be managing the relationship between the client and Joe public, eulogizing the client’s reputation. This may be working with the press, winning industry awards, speaking at conferences or handling internal communications. Health warning: Long hours may cause premature grey hair. A career in PR is not for the faint-hearted.
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