5 key - but neglected - skills for success

The longer you're in the workforce, the more you realize the importance of skills and abilities that you simply can't learn in school.



Another much-neglected workplace skill is networking, both inside and outside of your organization. Many people assume they can stop developing their networks once they've landed a job. But continuous networking is key to success within your workplace -- and to finding another role if and when you're ready to change jobs.

"People think that if they show up on time and do a good job that they will be rewarded," Klaus says. "You've got to let people know what it is that you're doing, not only so that you can advance your career, but so that people can use your expertise and services."

With more organizations relying on cross-functional teams and projects that reach across divisions, you need to network internally. You also will open yourself, and your team, to more opportunities if you have a strong internal network.

Identify people you admire inside and outside your company, whether for their technical or soft skills, and make an effort to cultivate them. Continually look for ways you can help these individuals rather than focusing on what you can get out of it.

"The people that are more successful aren't thinking about networking, they're thinking about connecting: How do I connect this need with this resource?" says George Bradt, author of the forthcoming book First-Time Leader. "They fundamentally believe by helping everybody they're helping themselves."

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 29 2013 03:14 PM ET
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