New college grads, Western New York is a great place to work and, believe it or not, there are great opportunities here. If you are “rethinking” your career options, rest assured that you CAN begin your journey in your hometown. But first, you need to fully understand the demands of today’s entry-level workforce.
Career Reform’s sister company, APA Solutions, works with growing companies across industries from the identification and retention of new hires to the training and development of their existing teams. Although there are differences in opinion on coaching techniques and top-performer qualities, there’s one thing all hiring employers seem to agree on: there is no good talent out there. As human capital experts, we took it upon ourselves to dig deeper into this issue. We asked companies locally and nationally to shed some light on the employer-candidate disconnect. We concluded that although the job market is filled with candidates with the necessary education and hard skills, employers are having difficulty finding potential hires with the right attitude. Even great companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google have found that identifying candidates who have the personality and values that align with their unique company cultures is the most difficult hurdle to overcome in the hiring process.
So what is the “right attitude” and how do you spot it in an interview or performance appraisal? Many companies have turned to behavioral testing as a hiring tool for measuring attitude. The most cutting-edge behavioral assessments reveal how you do things and why you do them in order to give employers a comprehensive understanding of their candidates and employees. So before you begin your job search, consider assessing your own attitude so that you will be prepared when potential employers tests you. Ask yourself:
- Are you happy with and committed to your career choice? Employers will not hire a candidate who does not see a clear future in his or her field.
- Do you continue to develop your life skills? How well can you persuade others to see your point of view? How well do you work with others in a team setting? How proactive are you when it comes to solving a problem?
- How conscious are you of your basic manners and body language? Smiling, making eye contact, and giving a firm handshake go a long way in making a first impression. Employers notice the small stuff.
- Do you have a strategic career plan with long-term and short-term goals? Employers want to see that candidates have truly thought out their professional futures before they decide to invest in them.
- Do you have realistic expectations about the job-climbing process? Fetching a cup of joe for your boss or staying another hour to do some extra filing is part of the job. Be humble, positive, and willing.
- Are you prepared to continue learning and make mistakes? Earning your degree didn’t mark the end of your education. Now, the real learning begins.
Employers are looking for solution-driven, hard-working candidates with an empowered career outlook. Your attitude could be what sets you apart from the competition.