Just finished your studies… now what?! The labor market is calling, but you don’t know what you want to do yet, or where you would like to start. How to prepare yourself in the best way possible and how do you find out what you really want? Talent Scout Marloes of the (ICT) Management Traineeship of EVG Start knows all about it. Below you can find her five useful tips!
Visit Inhousedays. During an Inhouseday you have the opportunity to ask trainees, managers and/or recruiters all your questions. Questions regarding the culture of an organization, which qualities are demanded and so on. This will lead to a better picture of what fits you and what doesn’t. Have all your questions been answered? Does it feel like you are a good fit? Take a chance and apply right away. You have to accept the fact that you will never know for sure if you make the right choice, because the right choice doesn’t exist. Let your gut feeling lead you, since the most important thing is that you feel at home at your workplace. This way you can really start to excel.
Identify your own qualities. What are your strengths and what are things you can still improve. Recruiters like to see that you have some self-knowledge.You should certainly ask your family and friends to write down five of your qualities, since they know you best. Once you’ve made a list of all your qualities, it’s very easy to identify your points of improvement. Just think about what a quality becomes once you take it too far. For example, consistency can become stubborn and empathy can transform into sentimentality. This way you find your opportunities, the things you can still improve.
Draw your quality STAR. This entails that for each of your qualities you provide an example of your behavior in practice. Name for each quality the Situation. What was going on? Name the Task. Which tasks did you have? Name the Activities. What exactly did you do or say. Lastly, name the Result. What happened next?
Make sure you know everything about the company. Your first interview is not only an opportunity for the company to get to know you, it’s also an opportunity for you to get to know the company better. Make sure that your interview feels like a true conversation. Don’t be too modest. Ask the person on the other side of the table questions like: How did you end up at this company? What makes this company such a great workplace for you personally? If we would be to speak in half a year, what do you hope I would say about what I achieved?
Be yourself! Don’t act like you’re someone else. At the end of the day, you want to find out if you’re a match with the company. You can only find out if you’re match if you show your true self. What if you pretended to be someone you’re not… and you get hired?! There’s a pretty big change you and the company are a misfit. You’re unique and that is what a recruiter wants to see!
Hopefully, Marloes’ tips will be of great use to you. If you have any questions, or if you would like to say that the tips were really useful, don’t forget to call Marloes: 06-45164982. If you like to visit an Inhouseday use these tips in practice right away, visit the Inhouseday of EVG Start at the 15th of May!
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