Many times, job seekers become frustrated when their efforts to successfully land a new job goes for naught. Recently in our blog, we’ve discussed the biggest mistakes that job seekers make and what they should do to set themselves up for success.
However, let’s look at the issue from the other side of the equation: the employer side.
This makes sense, since job seekers want to convince companies to hire them. However, if those job seekers don’t know exactly what employers are thinking, then how are they supposed to give them what they want? That’s a sensible question.
Fortunately, it’s also an easy question to answer. What employers want can be broken down into two main segments:
#1—They want solutions to their problems.
An employer has a job opening because they have a problem. In actuality, they probably have more than one problem. They have multiple problems, and that’s why they’re trying to fill the position. If they were to hire you, the reason they want to do so is because they believe you can offer a solution to their problem—or quite possibly, to multiple problems.
As a result, you should have a “problem solver mentality” when approaching the job search process and especially the interview. You need to accurately convey how you can solve one or more of the problems that the company is experiencing. If you put an emphasis on that, then it will be easier for hiring managers to see you as part of the organization.
That brings us to the second segment of what employers want . . .
#2—They want VALUE.
Here’s the good news: being able to solve problems provides value. In fact, that’s the best type of value from an employer’s perspective. Now, there are other types of value that you can provide as an employee, but this sits at the top of the list. In exchange for hiring you as an employee and providing you with a salary and possibly benefits, a potential employer wants value in return.
Below are a few of the skills upon which employers put a high premium in terms of solving problems and providing value:
Analysis and evaluation
Do you possess any of these skills or traits? How much of a problem solver are you with your current employer? How much value would you say that you provide . . . or can provide?
This is what potential employers want. Give them what they want, and you’ll have more opportunities to grow your career in exciting new directions.
And Time Staffing can help!
In our previous blog post, we listed 10 questions that you should ask yourself before launching your job search. In that post, we discussed the fact that job seekers make a ton of mistakes in their quest to find a better employment situation.
So that begs the question: what are the worst job search mistakes?
Of course, this is a rather subjective question. What might be the worst mistake to one person might not be the worst to another person. However, there are a handful of mistakes that just about everybody can agree upon as being collectively “the worst.”
However, in this blog post, we’re not going to use the word “worst.” We’re going to spin things in a different direction and instead use the word “top.”
Specifically, here are the top five job search mistakes, ranked in order from #5 to #1:
#5—Not working with an established and experienced staffing agency
We’ve discussed the advantages of working with a staffing agency many times before, including the specific reasons why Time Staffing can assist you. A job search can be a difficult and complicated endeavor. That’s why you need all the help that you can get to successfully navigate it.
#4—Applying for every opening . . . everywhere.
For some reason, people often believe that the more places to which you apply and/or send your resume, the better your chances will be for landing a new job. Contrary to popular belief, this is not the case. This is an unfocused effort and a waste of time. Concentrate on those positions that fit you the best, where you can demonstrate that you offer the most value.
#3— Not giving enough attention to your resume.
Your resume (as well as your application) is your key to getting your “foot in the door.” In other words, it’s your key to getting an interview. If you don’t construct it carefully and proofread it in the same fashion, then you could be setting yourself up for failure before you’ve even started.
#2—Not adequately preparing for interviews.
Just like the resume is your key to getting an interview, the interview is your key to getting an offer of employment. You must prepare just as carefully for the interview as you do when you construct your resume. Research the company, dress appropriately, and ask the right questions. If you’re not prepared for the interview, then the hiring manager will not be prepared to offer you the job.
#1—Not putting together a specific PLAN.
Job search success doesn’t just “happen.” It’s not a matter of chance or luck. The people who put together an organized and thorough plan have more success with their job search than people who do not. That should not surprise anybody. If you plan to do something in the correct fashion, then you are far more likely to do that something.
Have you ever committed any of the above mistakes? Are you committing one (or more) of them right NOW? If that’s the case, Time Staffing can help!
People conduct job searches all the time. Unfortunately, people also commit a ton of mistakes during the job search process.
One of the reasons they do this is because they don’t take the necessary steps before they embark upon their search. They just go “Ready, aim . . . start!” (Actually, in some cases, they don’t even aim. They just start.)
A job search is not something to be taken lightly. It requires research, planning, and introspection. You might not have even thought about that last part. Introspection?
Yes, you must ask yourself serious questions designed to provide information that will help you to plot the correct course. If you don’t, then you put yourself at risk for wasting precious time during the process, time that you will not be able to get back.
Below are 10 tough questions to ask about your job search:
#1—What are my skills (both hard skills and soft skills)?
#2—In which skills do I excel the most, above all others?
#3—Which skills would I like to obtain?
#4—What do I like the most about my current job? (If you’re not employed at the moment, then think about what you liked the most about previous jobs.)
#5—What’s most important to me in terms of a new job?
#6—What size company would I like to work for?
#7—What kind of company culture am I seeking?
#8—What are my core values?
#9—What role does geographic location play in my job search?
#10—What am I passionate about?
That final question is one that people should ask themselves periodically. Although it’s #10 on our list, it’s extremely important in terms of a job search and/or a career.
As such, if you haven’t identified what you’re truly passionate about, then you should clearly identify those passions as soon as possible. They could hold the key to your future satisfaction, both personally and professionally.
Are YOU ready to launch a job search? Do you want a job that satisfies you in ways that your current position does not?
Time Staffing Inc.