In this millennium where technology, amidst all other 21st century advents, has gone ahead of everything else to help people define their level of comfort, education is not all that a difficult pursuit anymore. It’s easy to get a degree, professional certifications or acquire the skills needed to get any job at your own convenience; but good as it is, it only adds to the daunting problem of unemployment because we now have the right skills chasing after jobs instead of the other way round.
This may not change in years to come, even more because people are grasping the concept of being relevant in their respective careers or professions.
Jobs used to be for the smart or the extremely lucky, now it’s a different ball game.
So what happens when employers have to pick only one candidate from a selected few who are equally qualified for a role?
Of course, employers want the best people to be on their team but the definition of “best” has changed from what we’ve always known it as to something more mind-blowing.
At this point, employers put skills and qualifications aside, they dig deeper into a candidate for gold (or the look of it). Employers now look out for passion.
Employers aren’t just looking for candidates who can do the job but those who are enthusiastic about the job and have a zest for the industry they want to work in; someone who makes an effort to understand the role and the people working in that organisation.
Passion speaks, it has a way it just announces itself to the next person.
We can be passionate about lots of things. Say you are an iced-cream lover. Talking about it won’t be a herculean task, would it? Because you’d freely give a lecture about iced-cream and its numerous benefits; you’d give fascinating details of the different flavors and their scents, the different brands and what makes each one unique. And you’d feel good about yourself while you tell your tale. That’s what passion does.
Employers can tell when you are passionate about a role you applied for, it arouses positive emotions towards you, of trust and relief; because your soon-to-be bosses are already picturing you in the role, they might maintain a reserved conduct but deep within, they want to know why you want that job and they won’t hire you if they think you feel it’s just another job.
A little digression here, instead of writing the cliché “can work well under little or no supervision” in your résumé, put more life into your accomplishments to show how you achieved those things independent of your former bosses’ control.
Employers hire candidates who are willing to persevere through till they achieve what they want. Someone who makes it easy for the company s/he works with to grow and achieve goals. Only a person with passion for something can take the pain to think for others, not just to stay on top of his/her game but to make a difference and lay an impact. Passion brings impact, however great or small. Employers can be sure you’ll deliver the right results because you love what you do.
Corporations are not people, you may work for a very terrible boss but if you love what you do, it won’t kill your passion, you may look elsewhere but you’ll still feel the strong urge to persevere because you believe someday you’ll breakthrough.
Find a job doing what you love even if you have to create it.
Getting a job boils down to two things, your social skills and chemistry. Employers measure your chemistry by how much or less of you they see perform in the role, this proves more important than your level of expertise. In your best interest, you should know why you want a job in the first place, don’t just send off your résumé because you are desperate to have a job. To stay happy, find a place where you really fit in.
Who cares to know what you are passionate about? The world does, employers do. Because people who are passionate about what they do are the ones who strive to make the world a better place, no matter how subtle or obvious it might seem.
So maybe you didn’t get the job because you weren’t passionate enough and the other guy got lucky because it meant more than a job to him.
Find a job doing something you love and let your passion speak for you.