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Sheila Bert | October 4, 2013 | Comments Off on THE CUTTING EDGE


If you were in a swimming competition with thirty other swimmers, what could you do to give yourself the best advantage for winning the competition?

In today’s economy, the job market is a competition between groups of people all competing for the win; getting the job. So, what can you do to give yourself the best advantage for winning the competition and getting the job?

Just knowing how to do the job isn’t enough anymore.  Carpenter magazine states, “Upgrade training and specialty certifications are a proven path to more work opportunities…”  To have the best competitive edge you must be an effective employee. You must be able to do the job efficiently and safely, adapting to change as it occurs. Ideally, an effective employee would use critical thinking skills to help the organization continually improve, creating new opportunities.

To stay on the cutting edge and be at the lead of the competition, you must perfect your skills. Training expands your knowledge and strengthens your weaknesses putting you ahead of your competition. Knowing the proper procedures and safety practices builds confidence and allows you to think critically and act logically. Demonstrating a commitment to continual improvement can make you the candidate of choice.

Stephen Covey (author of ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’) says, “Your economic security does not lie in your job; it lies in your own power to produce.”

Effective safety training allows you to increase your own power to produce.

“There’s no such thing as tough. There’s trained and untrained. Now which are you?” (From the movie, ‘Man on Fire’).  Click on the link below to see the effective training sequence from the movie.

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is solely the opinion of the author and shall not be construed to be the opinion or views of or, including any employer of author, if any.

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