These days the job market is all about talent. While Human Resources is still bandied about and used in a broad sense, titles have changed. Here are a few examples from an advanced LinkedIn search on the keyword, talent: Talent Market Advisor, Talent Management, Talent Delivery Leader, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Chief Talent Officer, Talent Development Consultant. To me, this is a relatively recent change in terminology from Human Resources, Recruiter, Head Hunter. It seems those are bygone terms now.
Think about your resume. Is it a good representation of your talent? A good exercise is to make a list of every job you’ve had in your life. Even if not listed on your resume, you no doubt developed transferable skills. At the end of your meditation on your work history, meditate deeper to those days and skills you came away with. Are you giving yourself credit for them? Most of us need to give ourselves more credit. Be bold about your abilities.
Another transition in language I have noticed recently. The reason I noticed it is because in a casual conversation, I mentioned that I was looking for a job. It was an informal conversation and an informal context. Yet later that night the conversation played again in my head. I felt wrong in my choice of word, in the use of job. Worse, I could recall other times, not so informally, that the word job fell off my tongue and crashed.
Where I come from, growing up, the word job was the word everyone used. To give you a little background, I grew up in a loving family but not too far out of the sticks of Central Vermont. Language there is casual and that’s totally cool. The Dictionary hasn’t changed the definition of job, however, our culture and peer groups have changed the verbal and written understanding. So now, we are talented and skilled, seeking career opportunities. What does it mean to be talented today? Does it mean you have a job? Not necessarily. Does it mean you are employed? Not necessarily. Truthfully, the best showcase of talent I can think of is how one maintains skills and continues to grow in lean times. Talent is putting food on the table through the sheer sweat fear of failure can produce each day. That’s talent!
My point is simple. Context is important in understanding communication. How we speak, what words we choose may depend on who we are communicating with. Be watchful of your mighty tongue, so words and meanings do not crash. Speak so words gently glide with your intended contextual meaning through the air, as communication eloquently can do.
This post represents my thoughts. Let me know if you agree or disagree with me. Thanks for reading!