Have you ever thought what skills does an employer look in you to hire you? Do you know why few people get hired even with very less grades in academics? Do you know the reason why few people survive even in recession period?
To survive in the competitive world, especially in countries like India where the competition for a job is very high, it is very essential to equip yourself with some skills that would help to get a job. Below are some of the skills that help you to get into your first job.
- Good appearance particular to the position
- Good critical thinking skills
- Stability and dependability
- Good communication skills oral/written
- Ability to handle change, to cherish it and use it for growth
- To see obstacles as challenges rather than problems
- Passion for what you do and the benefit it brings to you as well as the organization
- Agreement and alignment with the organizations goals and objectives
Before you present yourself, your resume presents you before the interviewer. So be careful in preparing the resume. Present it with good language, no grammatical or punctuation errors and keep it as simple as possible. Don’t put everything in the resume and give the interviewer an opinion that he does not have to know anything about you. Do not boast about yourself in the resume.
Clarity: Not only to get into a job, but in every aspect of your life, you should be clear about what you are doing. When the interviewer asks where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? The question seems to be very tempting and easy but the answer that you give can really do a great damage if does not sound great.
- Being a Mechanical or Electrical Engineer why do you want to enter IT?
- When all you want to do is programming why did you choose to study Electronics Engineering?
These kinds of questions can really put in you in a fix. Interviewers do not pose those questions to you for fun; they actually want to understand how clear about the career path chosen and your attitude towards it. Be careful to have clarity for yourself not just to answer these questions. At the beginning of the career chose your field carefully, as the most of your life depends on it. Think thrice before you act.
Enthusiasm and Professionalism:
Once you are called for an interview, you have to do some research about the company like the team, products, services that the company offers, awards received recently, which helps you to ask few questions about the company after the interview if you are asked to do so. Also it gives an impression that you are enthusiastic to work with them and even questions like what do you know about us can be answered.
At work, professionalism should be a part of your life. The way you talk, you respond, putting your cell phone silent, punctuality, dress, everything counts. Although you are allowed to have fun and enjoy your job, you are still there to work.
Problem Solving and critical thinking:
This is the important skill that interviewers look for. This is not something which you feel everything can be obtained from books. It has to develop along with your academics, experience and exposure. Some part of it can be gained from books. For instance as a programmer whatever language you use for programming, logic for solving a problem will be same but the syntax you write for making your compiler understand your piece of code differs. So analytical skills plays a major role in judging you for a position in the organization.
Communication skills and Team Work:
Even though you cannot write a program, you should be able to explain your logic or idea to someone else who could get the work done for you. You should be able to present your ideas well. People who can communicate well can easily sustain in their job also in their life.
Every Success story in the history was possible only with a team work. There are no one man shows that achieved real success. So an organization looks for the abilities to work in a team and expects their employees to be good team players.
Honesty and Loyalty:
Your first company that offers you a job is like your parent who teaches you everything after you take birth. So be careful in choosing it. Once you have chosen be honest and loyal to it. When you are a baby your company teaches to learn and gain experience. So you owe a lot to your first company. Leaving it when you have gained enough is just leaving your parents orphan when once you become capable of leading your life. To make sense it does not mean you should not change the company for growth in your career, but not to leave the company when it needs you for the sake of high pay or some other benefits. This is why few companies forcefully make you to enter into an agreement with them. By doing so they are not only helping themselves but are also helping you. At certain point in your career, when some ones look at your profile they feel this guy is committed to the organization for a reasonable period time so he is trusty and loyal. So do not always jump companies.
Above these all good grades helps to you to give tough competition to other candidates in the interview so do not neglect your studies. Give equal importance to your academics as well. A person who knows how to balance things in life can easily achieve success in everything he does.The article is contributed by Mr. Kasireddy Sai Suren Reddy, M.S. In Telecommunication systems. Mr. Sai is a vibrant individual who has big dreams to see India led by youth. He can be reached at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org