As Times Change, Soft Skills Become MORE Important.Whether the economy is booming or busting or just chugging along, there are certain constants in the job-seeking universe that often become the difference between two like-qualified job candidates. Employers want to see demonstrated personal commitment to company and cause alike—and if you looked at the career article, you can probably guess that what our job demands (what we train for) is something you just can’t get from a book. Problem-solving analytical skills. Communications and interpersonal adaptability. Leadership and positive attitude. Teamwork and applied technical skills
All Things Being Equal, Alpha Tilts The Scales In An Interview.Consider for a moment two equally qualified mid-level sales reps. Both have a pedigree of success, both can prove they’ve “always been closing” (ABC’s), and have been on the cutting edge of mid-sized deals where time, talent and diligent preparation led to last minute wins and account boosting saves. What separates them? Consider… The candidate who hacked his or her way through a burning roof (in their spare time) to try and save someone’s house. The potential employee who has learned to drive a house-sized vehicle into an emergency situation. The new hire that mastered heavy tools, harsh conditions, life saving first-responder skills and did so selflessly as a volunteer. The same person who was tossing candy canes from a fire engine to children on Christmas Eve or showed up at your child’s school atop a fire truck for a safety presentation.
One longtime Alpha Volunteer summed it up this way: “Employers like to see the personal commitment that a person makes to an organization. It also demonstrates a higher level of self-esteem. Think about it… you tell someone you’re a volunteer firefighter, it almost becomes an accepted “given” that you’ve shown commitment, adaptability, working with diverse groups as a team, and an increased level of maturity/experience dealing with dynamic, stressful situations.
As to worrying about leaving for calls, most employers today are community service oriented themselves, and/or support staff doing so. We don’t hear of this being a problem.” — Clifford Lutz