A piece on the requisites for getting your dream job which include not only bookish knowledge but soft and smart skills too.
In this age of cut-throat competition, it’s going to take more than your academic qualifications and enviable skill sets to fetch you that dream job. You need to possess that extra zing if you’re going to win over prospective employers. What are the qualities that can help you make that perfect first impression and improve your chances of getting that job? Education times in association with The Indian School Of Integrated Learning(ISIL), a business proficiency skill development school, attempted to present you with the right answer to the above-mentioned question at a recently held seminar. The topic of the seminar was, ‘Skills for Employment Techniques to create a positive impact’. The speakers at the session started as such-‘We see that the education system has changed over the past few years. Unlike the situation in the past years when technical colleges would only impart practical training, today institutes also focus on equipping students with the requisite soft skills.’ Taking the seminar to a different more engaging level was an innovative and insightful game called,’ Which animal are you? ‘This game was designed to help participants to identify what kind of employees they were. Participants were asked to select a few prominent characteristics from the options that were given to them. Smith later labeled them as lion, owl, horse, and monkey. According to the game, the typical traits of a lion are authoritarian, task-oriented, less-relationship oriented, someone who saw the big picture and did not pay attention to micro detailing. The owl, on the other hand, was a domain specialist and paid attention to precision. A horse was a people-oriented and task-oriented person. He/she was generally compliant and preferred to stay away from unpleasant situations, including arguments. Lastly, a monkey was someone who was talkative, believed in building relationships, was a quick decision-maker and welcomed frequent appreciation. On being asked which of the above characteristics figured on the employer’s preferred list one person said, The essential characteristics that employers prefer these days are a positive outlook, self-awareness, effective and empathetic communication skills, adaptability and flexibility, strong self-belief and high self-esteem. In fact, a recent research by Sun Microsystems showed that the top three areas that play a huge role while getting a job are image, visibility, and performance. He added that the best way to make a positive impact on a potential employer was to be natural, normal and truthful in whatever information you provided to the organization. Secondly, he suggested a candidate to pay attention to attire, body language, gestures, presentation. Smith agreed that being yourself, alert, truthful and professional was of utmost importance.