Want to safeguard your career and achieve your true potential? Here we’ll examine how accurately assessing your job fit can have a major bearing on determining your future job satisfaction and career success.
Are you the missing piece in the jigsaw?
Before applying for that job, ask yourself why you’re a strong fit for it and what makes you the answer to that companies talent gap? Many people use the “so what” method in reasoning their thoughts in this situation. For every reason you can think of why you’re a fit for a particular role, place yourself in the shoes of your prospective employer addressing you with a “so what”. This is a useful way of fireproofing your reasons for applying in the first place and gets you in the correct frame of mind for a potential interview. The very act of justifying your application at the outset will ensure that you’re only applying for the most relevant roles.
What makes you a must interview candidate and why will hiring you benefit this employer? Most employers want to know if you potentially will make or save them a lot of money, so it’s critical that you can articulate clearly which category you fall into. Not every job will be that cut and dried in it’s approach but in examining what you bring to the table, it’s a useful benchmark to work with.
Are there patterns of achievement on your CV that are indicative of your suitability and fit? Have you highlighted all of the credentials that make you a “must hire” candidate. Too often an employer can overlook a potential candidate for any number of reasons, so it’s vital that candidates highlight clearly where their transferable skills and abilities lie.
Another important factor in considering your suitability is the cultural fit of the company. Does your potential employer share similar values, beliefs and outlook? Are they ultimately going where you want to be? Have they a track record of hiring candidates with similar backgrounds to your own? Most employers will have a checklist of desirable credentials to compare you against and this list is usually formulated based on their past hiring successes and in some cases their failures. Quite often these hiring failures occur where a candidate slips through the vetting process but is clearly unsuited to the role/company, only to arrive at a point some weeks/months later acknowledging that the “fit” wasn’t right. It’s imperative that you conduct proper due diligence on the role and company before you make that leap.
At Campbell Rochford, we look beyond your CV and technical skills, checking if you show the desired passion for the role and that you’re a strong personality fit for our client. No matter how impressive your background and experience may appear on your CV, most employers will judge how you appear in person. They’ll ask themselves, does this person meet my needs from a skills perspective but more importantly does this person fit into my plans for this team? Are they likely to command respect amongst their colleagues and superiors?
Our best candidates can demonstrate strong rapport building and communication abilities, skills that will impress any client. In assessing your fit, we look at all the relevant criteria that represent best fit from both an employer and employee perspective and ensure that we maintain a satisfied client and an engaged and fulfilled candidate.
To discuss your suitability and fit for any opportunity, reach out to us today for an honest, comprehensive evaluation.
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