Competition does not only exist among employees and job hunters. It also applies to organizations for very obvious reasons. This is why strategy jobs are so high on demand. The profession revolves around tactic approach, weighing between alternatives, avoidance of threats, minimization of losses and goal achievement.
But not everyone is qualified to land strategy jobs. It’s the type of profession that requires a lot not only in terms of hard skills but soft skills too. Take a look at the following list and gauge if you’re cut out for it.
- Attention to Detail – Strategists need to be great observers. What makes a particular competitor tick? How come a plan worked previously but not anymore? What makes the brand different? To land this type of job, you must be keen to details. You need to be able to grasp ideas and information not only in the bigger picture but also to the smallest of details.
- Persistence and Hard Work – Not all strategies will see the light of day. Not every plan will be able to pan out as expected. There is no perfect plan and even if there was, it’s not the only thing that counts. There’s execution too thus it necessitates persistence and a “never give up” attitude. You can’t just quit if something goes amiss. You need to be able to flip the situation over.
- Creativity and “Out of the Box” Attitude – A lot of innovation is necessary with this type of job. The name itself should give you an idea. Besides, there is no cookie cutter recipe to success. What might work for others may not hold true for other companies and what might previously be useful may cease to be.
- Effective Communication – No strategy or plan, regardless of how great, will be useful if its message is not effectively communicated across the organization or at least to its intended users. This job requires both oral and written communications skills above par.
- Interpersonal Skills – Corporate strategists need to be able to engage with and work with other people. Interpersonal skills are very much needed especially considering that this profession shall have you consistently working with the higher ups of the organization otherwise known as the decision makers and not to mention various personalities internal and external to the organization. This is after all not a cubicle job. It’s very dynamic.
So, do you think you can handle strategy jobs?