Before even clicking apply on that apply now button or dropping off your CVs at the offices of your dream job it’s important to know your value in terms of what you bring to a job. As in your special skills, your interests and how these add value to the job you’re applying for. Equally important is what you want out of the job.
So how do you answer these important questions? Well by asking more questions!
- What do employers really want?
Employers want their ideal employee to perform his/her duties. However, the answer to this question is more complicated. It’s not just whether you can do the job or not but also if you fit in with the culture, if you support the company’s goal and more importantly if you can progress. So when you look for jobs don’t just search for “accountant positions” research the accounting firms. See if what you want relates (doesn’t have to be the same) to what you want out of a job. This way, you know you’re not just filling a void. You’re adding value.
You degree won’t convince an employer you have the necessary skill to perform the job . A hiring manager at Hayat Regency Ethiopia once said “What we look for in an ideal employee isn’t the degree but the right attitude. The rest they can learn on the job”. These skills you bring go beyond than just your technical skills. Your degree is secondary. Grades matter but not as much as you’d like to think. Relate the skills that complement your degree. For instance if you’re applying for a social worker position, you’ll need to have active listening skills paired with empathy. As an accountant you need to pay attention to detail. Knowing these details ahead of time, will help you craft a CV and job search strategy that is targeted and impact-full.
Knowing the players in your industry is more than you just naming them. Delve deeper. What’s their value? What’s their flexibility like? Do they have growth opportunities? How long can you as an employee work there without outgrowing it? Determining this now, will save you time and will save you from a place where you won’t fit in. Yes, this matters. Especially at the start of your career. Because, remember just as you just entered the job market, next years others will be in your position. In the long term, you want to be in a job that gives you a distinction. A job that shows you can progress and that can get you where you want to be.