When it comes to applying for a job, you cannot just rely on your resume. More than that, you need to possess the behaviour that aligns with the company culture you are applying because recruiters will focus on the company’s needs, job requirements, and cultural fitness.
Therefore, when beginning your job application, you better pay more attention to this common behaviour. These traits are what recruiters generally avoid when looking for a candidate.
You might say, “I do not care what people think of me. I know who I am and I do not need to prove anything to anyone” out loud in your mind. While it could be right that some things are best left ignored, however, this perception does not work when you are looking for a job. Recruiter wants to know you, your skills and willingness and whether you are the best suited for the position or not. If you misunderstand this conception - or worse, you are being ignorant about the little things - the recruiter will soon show you the door to leave.
In business, the most trait to avoid is ignorance. Generally, employers perceive ignorant employees as harder to train, less suited to tasks, less focused while working, and might as well become unreliable in the future. Thus, employers often pass this kind of candidates.
Bill Gates once said, “I always choose a lazy person to do a difficult job because he will find an easy way to do it.”
Laziness can be an asset at some point but yet, you should not be proud of it. According to Psychology Today, laziness can happen to individuals who have not found what they want to do, or because, for one reason or another, they are not doing it. To make matters worse, the job that pays your bills might have become so abstract that you no longer have interest in doing it. Eventually, you feel your productivity decreased and the employer would see you as a sluggish and unreliable. It is just a matter of time until the employer hires a new candidate to replace you.
Your first impression lies in your resume, then your interview session. If you cannot provide examples and stories that prove the abilities you’re promoting in the resume, chances are, the recruiter will not believe that you are a good fit. This type of vagueness will decrease recruiter’s interest in you. Therefore, make sure to always prepare or provide examples of your achievements, especially those that you mention in the resume.
If you think recruiters only look into your resume, you are wrong. They also ask for referrals, call your past employers, or conduct a criminal check - all is done to ensure that you are the best suit for the position. With all the background check, a hiring manager will know why you want to change jobs.
If your past employer refers to you as a good and high-value employee but can no longer keep you because you are looking better opportunity, it is a relief for you. However, if your past employer refers to you as a disloyal and you were terminated because of your lazy behaviour, you probably will not get a phone call from your current recruitment. In addition, an employer, as best as possible, wants to hire a loyal candidate because disloyalty and turnover can cost companies a fortune.
Just because you want to fit in and get hired to pay your bill, you become an avid yes-sayers. If this is really the case, please stop immediately.
Recruiters do not want to see their candidates who do not have or cannot express their opinions. Unable to express one’s opinion is a sign of a lack of communication and teamwork skills. Not a single employer wants to recruiter individuals without teamwork skills as many companies require their people to work together in order to achieve success. Communication skills are also key to workplace harmony.
That being said, if you are a strong yes-sayers, you can start practising to express your own opinion. During an interview, make sure you do not come off as steamroller either. Find respectful ways to present your opinion to your recruiter or hiring manager.
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