Previously, we discussed the importance of soft skills, and, its emergence as the X-Factor in an interview. We at KaryaMitr.com have constantly tried to emphasize the importance of this particular set of skills for any job seeker.
Soft-skills become especially more important for freshers looking to impress recruiters. Most jobs that a fresher candidate applies for, do not require any specialised skills. And, almost all the candidates who apply for the same job, are similarly qualified, so soft-skills are what it comes down to when the recruiter makes their choice.
For a recruiter and interviewer, the biggest issue is finding the right candidate, and, to fulfil their goal they contact as many candidates as possible.
What most freshers fail to realise though, is that they do not analyse whether the job is the right job for them or not, and the bigger question, whether the employer and manager are suitable for you or not.
So, for a candidate, one of the biggest questions that arise is that “Is this job the right job for me?”
The question sounds simple enough, but it really isn’t. Typically, “experts” will tell you to do what makes you happy, or, to follow your passion. Unfortunately, for most of us, that is very difficult. Personally, I am very passionate about reading books and playing football, but, unfortunately, I don’t see myself getting a job in either of these fields that will be able to pay my bills. And, picking a field you are passionate about does not guarantee happiness in the future. It really does not.
So, for a fresher, what should they look for when applying for a job?
Well, the biggest factor is choosing a field that you are good at. Identifying what you can do and what you can learn to be better at. Once you realise what you are actually good at, you have taken the first constructive step towards the right job.
To understand what you are good at, you need to look at your aptitude. Check whether your aptitude suits the job you are applying for. This involves comparing your skills and abilities with the job requirements. For example, if you have problems speaking with people, but you love solving problems, Telephone Customer Service may not be the best field for you. However, many organisations like Zomato, Ola, and even Banks provide an E-Customer Service Cell where customers contact representatives of the organisation through apps and websites which may suit your particular talents.
Similarly, if you like assembling and making things, a factory floor working job, or fitter may be suitable for you. If you like to travel, and are convincing, you can look for travelling sales jobs. In essence, your aptitude is very important. Things you are innately good at, or familiar with, like friendliness, leadership skills, problem solving, etc.
A very common mistake that freshers make is, going towards what their friends and family suggest, or trying to get into a glamorous field. These may be the correct option for some, but for most of us, it turns out as that point where we move towards a job that will eventually lead to a miserable life.
While finding a job that makes us happy and pays the bills is very important, a very big factor that comes into it is understanding what motivates you. To find a fulfilling job, the right job, you need something that will not just make your life comfortable in the long run, but also, keep you motivated to work hard in the short run.
As Heidi Grant Halvorson puts it perfectly in her blog for Forbes- https://www.forbes.com/sites/heidigranthalvorson/2013/04/18/the-surprising-key-to-finding-the-right-job-for-you/#71eca6384672
Finding something to do that you are passionate about is actually quite difficult. On the other hand, finding what motivates you is much easier.
To understand what motivates you and what you are good at, you need to take some practical steps. Now, simple as these steps are, if taken seriously, they are very effective.
The first thing to do is think about which subjects in school and college you liked best, which you scored most in and, which you understood best. If all these are the same subject, you are in luck because you just identified your basic field you would be suitable in.
After this, you need to analyse which jobs of your friends, family and peers fascinate. Then you need to ask yourself whether it is the job that fascinates you, or, only an aspect of it. At this stage, it is very important to analyse everything and make sure that you are not taking a decision due to peer pressure, whether direct or imaginary.
If a job fascinates you and you know you can do it well, then you have your path. However, if only an aspect of the job fascinates you, you need to look in that particular field.
Then you need to properly and unbiasedly analyse your skills. Then you need to match these against your biggest criteria for the job. The Guardian suggests some steps for you to identify the right job for yourself- https://www.theguardian.com/careers/how-to-find-right-job-for-you
As helpful as these steps and suggestions are, the only thing that matters is how honest you are to yourself. If you analyse your skills properly, understand what motivates you and what you would be good at, only then can you get a job that you will be good at.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to how much you are willing to learn and improve.
The good thing about the current job market is that it is a gig economy and nobody looks at part-time as something negative or bad. So, a candidate who is not sure about what kind of job would be suitable for them can easily take up internships, part-time work and even contracted period jobs. Head over to KaryaPedia- https://www.karyamitr.com/karyapedia and check out various job descriptions and what employers look for. And the best part, you can head on over to https://www.karyamitr.com/ and apply to a job that may be suitable for you. Whether you are a college student looking for some part-time work for that extra cash, or a skilled job applicant looking for something better, KaryaMitr.com will help you out.
Keep an eye on this segment, because in the next blog we will discuss the importance of preparing for an interview and how to go about it.