Every year, KJB International Aid advisers work with over 50,000 job seekers to help them discover and develop their skills. We help them find suitable and satisfying employment, also on the global markets. They come from all walks of life: students, graduates, retirees, experienced professionals who want to retrain or look for new professional challenges.
Before you find a job created for yourself, you need to know what to sell and how. We present you with this guide that will help you discover your strengths and show you how to effectively give them to a potential employer, distinguishing you from candidates for a job. Would you mind taking a moment to answer the following questions? Let's start!
What are my abilities? What can I do?
Honest and objective evaluation of your strengths is a complex art. Before you can fully concentrate on looking for a specific job and preparing an effective cover letter and CV, you need to know what exactly you have to offer your potential employer and what extent it matches your ideas about your planned career path. If you skip this step, it may turn out that dozens of applications sent by you underestimate or inflate your competencies and qualifications. It will save time - both for you and your potential employer. Besides, as is well known, failure to achieve success can be demoralising. Therefore, it is essential that you clearly define your strengths and how you want to develop them.
Let us consider a typical example. Perfect command of spoken and written English is required for a job advertisement. You do not check your level of knowledge with any test (e.g. online). You rely only on diplomas obtained in the course of education. In your application documents, you write that you are fluent in it. What if, during the interview, the recruiter starts the discussion in a foreign language? Will you be able to carry it out at the level you declared in your CV? If not, your credibility will be immediately your credibility, and you will most likely lose your chances of being employed. Even if the interview is conducted in your native language, your employer will put your language skills to the test more than once during your employment.
What if during an important business meeting with international clients you are unable to start a conversation? In such a situation, the employer will automatically see that you have provided false information and have abused their trust. In the worst-case scenario, you can lose a client that is important to your employer! In your cover letter, you should describe your linguistic weaknesses honestly, for example: "My reading and listening comprehension of English does not reflect your expectations. However, I am convinced that I can achieve the required level within three months. I actively participate in courses improving my English language qualifications".
Of course, you can also honestly state your level of sophistication while lowering your chances of interviewing and hiring. Conclusions for the future - make a linguistic text and display the actual level of advancement in your application documents. Also, explain your plans for improving qualifications in the future.
Remember. Be based on the actual state of affairs, not on intuition.
There are many language tests available, even online, which will objectively test your competencies in many areas, such as foreign languages or technical knowledge, as well as in the field of factors that are difficult to measure, such as creativity, teamwork, independence, interpersonal abilities etc.
Psychological tests can show that you are a personality capable of working in a team and not in an independent position. Based on the results of these tests, it will be easier for you to narrow your job search to positions that suit both your skills and personality type. The better you get to know yourself, the more credibly you will present yourself to the potential employer.
It is equally important to analyse your own experiences and achievements, both in professional and private life. Don't be afraid to ask your relatives, friends and colleagu