Free Sample Chapter - “Shortlist Your Employer: Acquire Soft Skills to Achieve Your Career and Leadership Success to Excel as a CEO”―Professor M.S.Rao
Here is the sample chapter of my award-winning book titled “Shortlist Your Employer: Acquire Soft Skills to Achieve Your
Career and Leadership Success to Excel as a CEO.” NY Times Bestselling Author and
Inc Magazine’s Top 20 Leader, Orrin Woodward wrote foreword for this book. I appreciate
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Enhance Your Employability
to Shortlist Your Employer
"There are many things in life
that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those.
The moment that any life, however good, stifles you, you may be sure it isn't
your real life." - A. C. Benson
During my leadership development
training programs in companies some executives asked me how to fast-track their
careers to grow as CEOs. Some of them raised questions on soft and hard skills.
And many of them do not know what really the soft and hard skills are! I
thought there is an urgent need to author a book highlighting the significance
of soft skills to fast-track career to grow as CEOs. Since I earned my PhD in
soft skills and provide soft skills training to companies, I authored this
Welcome to Shortlist Your Employer: Acquire Soft Skills to Achieve Your Career and
Leadership Success to Excel as a CEO.Conventionally employers shortlist job aspirants to fill their
vacancies. However, this unconventional book underscores to shortlist your
employer. It sounds strange, right! Your mind must have been embedded with an
impression that it is common practice for the employers to shortlist their
employees. But the fact is that you can also shortlist your employer.
can Shortlist Your Employer!
If you are meritorious and are equipped
with employability skills, you can shortlist your employer. If you are equipped
with hard and soft skills, you can shortlist your employer. If you acquire
right mindset, skill set and tool set, you can shortlist your employer. If you
are equipped with self-management skills, job related skills and transferable
skills, you can shortlist your employer. Hence, short listing your employer is
an easy task if you are equipped with adequate knowledge, skills and abilities,
and are employable and deployable in the corporate world.
I have an experience of shortlisting
my employers during my lifetime as basically I have been choosy to pursue only my
passionate areas. Similarly, you must be in a position to shortlist your
employer based on your passion to fast-track your career to grow as a CEO.
There is a myth among some job aspirants that employees are only in dire need to
search for employers. The truth is that employers are more concerned to recruit
the right talent to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness. In
fact, job seekers and job givers must be in a win-win position to make
employment fruitful and meaningful.Above all, these are the days of partnership between the job providers
and the job seekers as the days of the employer and the employee relationship
are getting obsolete gradually.
to Shortlist Your Employer
Laurence G. Boldt once remarked, "The
decisions you make about your work life are especially important, since most
people spend more of their waking lives working than doing anything else. Your
choices will affect, not only yourself and those closest to you, but in some
way the whole world." Therefore, you must choose the right employer based
on your passions, career opportunities and monetary benefits. You must keep
your priorities right. You must be clear about your career goals for 5, 10, 15
and 20 years from now. Emphasize more on your passion rather than money. If you
follow your passions money will follow you naturally. Hence, identify your
passions and choose your employer accordingly. If you choose the right employer
and employment you don’t feel working
any more as you are engaged in your passionate profession. Choosing and shortlisting
the right employer helps you balance your personal, professional and social
life to provide meaning to your life.
Your Employability, not Your Employer
Some of the employees in private
organizations love their employers to safeguard their employments. They flatter
their employers and pass on the information of their colleagues to their
employers to be in their good books. They think that it is a way of
demonstrating their loyalty to their organizations.In fact, what they must understand is that
they must love their employability rather than loving their employers. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam rightly remarked, “Love
your job but don't love your company, because you may not know when your
company stops loving you.”
Employers appreciate employees who are
committed and dedicated. They don’t appreciate flatterers and informers. Of
course, they need informers among the employees who can pass them with genuine
information about other employees to safeguard their organizational interests.
It is known as informal communication which often serves as a feedback for the
In the present context, employers are
very serious and they respect the employees who deliver their goods properly.
They appreciate the employees who add value to their organizations. The true
employees work sincerely and deliver the goods as per the expectations of their
employers. It adds value to their
resumes and enhances their employability. In fact, there is no permanent
employment but only permanent employability. To ensure your permanent
employability, you must regularly update your knowledge, skills and abilities.
You must learn, unlearn and relearn with the changing times and technologies. This
approach enhances your employability. It leads to earning respect from your
employer and safeguarding your employment as well. Even if there is any problem
with your present employer due to organizational politics you will be in a
great demand elsewhere as you are already equipped with employability skills.
Other employers are eagerly waiting to absorb you. Hence, love your
employability, not your employer.
“You can give lifetime employability
by training people, by making them adaptable, making them mobile to go other
places to do other things. But you can’t guarantee lifetime employment.” – Jack