Openness to Constructive Criticism
One the most important employability skills you can have is the ability to accept, understand and learn from constructive criticism.
"Understand that when people take the time to give you constructive criticism, it’s a huge compliment: They care," said success strategist Carlota Zimmerman, JD. "They believe in your abilities, and want to help you go further."
To hone this skill, practice saying "I'm sorry" when you receive criticism, instead of trying to combat it. "The only way to go to the top is to admit and learn from your mistakes," said Zimmerman.
If you really want to succeed at your job, Alec Sears, a communications specialist at Frontier Business, recommends actively seeking out criticism.
"I’ve found that the masters of any craft are those who are continually asking questions, looking for feedback and finding ways to improve," he said. "They are proactive rather than reactive, staying ahead of trends rather than drowning in them. It’s a challenging way to live your life; as humans we love routines, we love to feel comfortable with where we are. Seeking criticism disrupts both of these things and forces us to adapt. But it’s also precisely what we need in order to excel in our careers."
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