EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS – WHAT DISTINGUISHES AN EXTRAORDINARY GRADUATE FROM AN ORDINARY GRADUATE

The word “Employability” gives birth to two prominent words; “Employ” and “Ability”. In the real world, these two words seem to consummate one another as recruiters look out for people with abilities and employ them.

However, it has become the custom of every ordinary graduate to express feelings of dissatisfaction and resentment when they’re being disqualified from a job opening. You see them turn into a renter:

“How could they not give me the job? But I was the most qualified candidate; how could they disqualify me like that?! I graduated with first class, they are being unjust! Blah blah blah!” 

You can nag all you want but won’t solve anything. You say but Ebenezer, that’s too harsh and cruel, but I say no, it’s being sincere!

Why would I employ you when you don’t seem or appear to have anything to offer my establishment? When I’m not running a charity organization.

You may be right about your first class; it is very good, but maybe not just good enough. You say why? Because we are currently living in a world where your first class doesn’t guarantee you a job but can only put you on the first row. Plus what is taught in our institutions today is quite different from the practice you can find in the real world.

WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?

So ask yourself, “am I employable?” In other words, are there values or skills I possess that could be of benefit to my anticipated workplace? What do I have to sell?

If you were to assess you, would you asseverate you to be employable? Would you say you have all the skills required or needed by your prospective employer?

Employers are looking for a decision maker and a problem solver. Someone who can examine possibilities, start a project, seize opportunities and reach a goal. So the question is do you fit into any these?

No matter how strong your avidity for a job is, you won’t get it until you develop yourself; until you build your capacity.

Develop yourself professionally: In other words, become an expert or possess skills in something. Corporately: Develop strategies to meet organizational objectives. Physically: Work on your appearance to become fit and gallant for the eyes.

Take a personal responsibility for your own development and don’t hold anyone responsible. It’s not HR’s responsibility. It’s yours!

No employer will commit their job into the hands of an ordinary graduate. Someone who can’t even define his/her career objective. So instead of seeking for job, seek what extraordinary graduates seek. Seek Information, acquire knowledge and gather momentum. Become a brand that people will be looking for

The truth is, before any employer would qualify you for a job, you must have qualified yourself ten times over. In other word, you must have tested your professionalism and skills in your own world before they are being tested in the real world. If you fail the test in your own world, then, you will never get a chance to be employed in the real world.

Remember, the job you are looking for is in someone’s establishment, but the real question is, what are you going to do to get it? What price would you pay for it?

What is it going to be my friend? Mediocre or extraordinary? Remember, only the graduate with “extra” gets the job.

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