To secure that dream job, you have to think like the person making the final decision; to stand out you need to know how to effectively market yourself
7 Reasons Employers Will Hire You
- 1. A great resume: Sometimes an average candidate can be hired thanks to a brilliant resume. Your resume is your first impression and you only get one shot at this.
- 2. Your online personal brand: Personal branding is my personal favorite. Social media and networking has quickly become the preferred method of communication, and you will be found online by your potential new employer
- 3. The right skills and experience: In this economy, you will struggle to find someone willing to hire a candidate that needs training. Think about it, would you want somebody shadowing your work and asking questions for the first 6 months?
- 4. Staying power with the Business: This is crucial as employers want people that stay in their company and work their way up the corporate ladder. This makes them useful (and useful means hard working)
- 5. You get on with people: This is significant as the employer will want you to enjoy spending time at work, thus you won’t mind the occasional/weekly/everyday late night.
- 6. You can bring home the bacon: A classic WIIFM case where you either make money or save money for the company. Any manager has a budget and they want a way to either increase sales or reduce costs
- 7. Positive attitude and enthusiasm: The business world is full of moaners and the last thing a hiring manager wants is another union card wielding sinker on their team
What Employers are looking for?
In 2006 the Association of Graduate Recruiters surveyed 236 employers and found that the following skills and attributes were the most sought after, in order of importance to their business
- Commitment and drive
- Motivation and enthusiasm
- Oral communication
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Customer focus
- Problem solving *
- Managing learning and career *
- Commercial awareness *
- Planning and organization
- Time management
- Leadership *
- Cultural sensitivity
- Computer literacy
- Project management *
- Report writing
- Risk taking/enterprise. *
NB: * Denotes skills that the recruiter has difficulty in finding
- Although research training allows you to develop most of the skills listed above to a high level, it is important not to assume that employers will appreciate this. In a job application, clearly translate your experience, for example:
- Thesis = reports
- Research group = teamwork, creativity
- Scholarship = planning, creativity, analysis
- Running experiments, implementing methodology = project management, problem solving