Once you land what you think is your dream job, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed at first. We all go through a period when first starting where we don’t feel confident and it takes a little bit to find your stride. However, if after several weeks you aren’t comfortable in your position and it’s taking you longer than normal to complete your work or if you find yourself constantly behind in your schedules, it is possible that you have a skills mismatch.
Ideally, you would only be hired for a job that you’re qualified to do. If you’ve been honest on your resume and the hiring manager or recruiter was aware of your current skills, you should be matched up with a job you have the capability of doing. In many cases however, especially if you’ve changed industries, you may feel like a fish out of water.
The first step is determining exactly where the problem is and what you need to do to fix the problem. Make a list of all of your current duties and target the areas where you are uncomfortable or struggling. Once you have an exact idea of what’s not working, you can take some steps to fix the issue. If you have a more experienced co-worker, ask them if they wouldn’t mind showing you how to efficiently do what you need to do. Ask your manager for help if you feel that you need a little more coaching. If it’s an issue that can be fixed with more training or by taking an online course, take the initiative to improve your skill set.
It is vital to communicate any difficulties you’re having to your manager. This is important for two reasons. First, it lets them know that you are committed to your job and learning how to do it more effectively. Second, it allows them to judge your progress and your performance fairly. If they don’t know you need help, they won’t be able to offer you the advice and extra training you may need.
Another step you can take while you are going through your job duty list is to take a minute and go over the list with your manager. You may be taking on too much, or you may be doing tasks that you don’t need to do. Ask for their advice and find out what you need to do exactly.
Never be afraid to ask for help. It’s much better to be honest and humble enough to ask for some extra coaching. A good manager will be more than happy to assist you and help you become a more skilled and valuable employee.
Do you have a question about fixing a skill mismatch? Ask the experts at SoloPoint for help today!