EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO
ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS.
To stand-out from the crowd and get hired, there are a number of qualities that a winning candidate should possess. Follow the ‘AAA’ Rule and you will be set to succeed:
The first thing that employers look out for is aptitude. This means the ability the do the job and do it well. Common indicators include GPA, academic awards or achievements, winning competitions, publishing papers, being a research assistant etc.
Other factors that indicate that you can do a job well include showcasing skill-sets like time management, communication and interpersonal skills. This can be shown by showing that were able to juggle a busy schedule and balance co-curricular activities, or where you coordinated an event or mentored others.
The next thing that employers look out for is attitude. Passion for the job is important and should be obvious in your job application. Ensure that you have done adequate research on the nature of the job, industry and company. By being prepared, you show actual commitment and genuine interest in the role. It is easy to spot applicants who are “faking” interest. At the very least, read the company website and job description thoroughly. If you don’t even know what to expect from the job, how will you show that you can do it well?
In addition, a willingness to work hard and learn is part and parcel of a winning attitude. Highlight instances where you were thrown in a new situation and adapted, or where you overcame a challenge.
The final factor that employers look for is ambition. This means that you are a go-getter and have the desire to move up in the company.
How you can show this is to highlight your leadership experiences or instances where you spearheaded a project or initiative. You should also demonstrate that you are in tune with the mission of the company and the direction they are headed. Stay on top of industry trends as well as significant deals or milestones that the company has undertaken. All of this will help to convince your employer that you want to grow with the company and are able to help them succeed.