The month of November at Dereja blog is now dedicated to prepping for your job search. So this month we’ll focus on creating tools and support articles to support your job search journey. Before even clicking apply on that apply now button or dropping off your CVs at the HR 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 job.
So how do you answer these important 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 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 ahead of time, will help you craft a CV and job search strategy that is impactful.
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.