Everyone knows that the interview is important in the hiring process but many would be shocked to know just how big of a role the interview plays when securing a job. An interview is truly what makes or breaks your chances of getting hired. The next most important thing would be your resume as that is the first impression you make, even before you ever meet your employer. There are some key things to look out for both the interview and the resume but this time, we are going to focus on all the skills an employer looks for when hiring a talent.
Essentially the skills you have are what is the most crucial. Your employer will need to judge whether or not you would be a suitable hire for the position based on your skills and qualifications.
On a surface level these skills and qualifications would be evaluated based on your paper qualifications. This would be your Diploma or Degree, though so this in no way means that you are bound to accepting job roles only within the field of which you pursued in college or university. That brings us to the next point; pursuing certifications that would be relevant to your desired job roles or something that would compliment your current qualification. An example of this would be if someone who regularly uses Microsoft Office suite as part of their day to day job pursuing a certificate in one of the many courses that is catered for different specifications and job roles. This is so because before an employer can evaluate you based on your work, these paper qualifications act as a guarantor assuring an employer that you have the basic skills and knowledge that is required of you to obtain any given certificate.
The next thing any hiring employer will look into is the character traits of an applicant. This is something that is gauged from the very first email you send in, in ways that you might not expect. Whether or not you are a meticulous person can be determined by things such as typos in your email, attention to formatting and font size etc.
Some key character traits that an employer looks for are such as loyalty, honesty and work ethic. If an individual possesses these traits an employer will consider them to be someone who is dependable. The other important trait would be teamwork. Though the need for this skill may vary depending on your job role and position, it is always important to showcase your ability and willingness to work in a team. No man is an island, thus it is safe to assume that even if you mostly work on your own in a day to day basis, there will still be instances in which you will need to collaborate or work in tandem with other colleagues. Having good teamwork signifies the person’s ability to give and take, be understanding and communicate well.
Do not worry if you may not already have all these aforementioned skills as eagerness to learn is highlighted as another criteria that employers look for. No one is a genius or an expert from the get-go. Every great employer started as a clumsy intern making mistakes everyday. As long as you are willing and eager to learn from these mistakes and keep bettering yourself, a good employer will value you and give you that job.
In general, certificates are a great addition to any resume. Especially that of a fresh graduate as the certifications make up for the lack of experience that would otherwise deter an employer from considering the applicant in question. This is because the certificate acts as a seal of guarantee assuring the employer that the applicant has a good grasp on that given element or skill and has sufficient knowledge on it. This is further amplified in the tech world as the number of programmes out there continue to expand each day. Thus, it is important for an employee to figure out exactly what skills you have and at what level those skills are.
As you progress in your role and career, you will be able to distinguish exactly what you want to focus on and develop an expertise for. That is when your journey and pathway becomes extremely clear and it is easy to determine the courses and certifications you want to pursue to achieve the career goal you have. Till then, and especially as a fresh graduate it is best to stick to an entry level pathway that offers more broad and general courses that help you find your footing in the world of tech.
When it comes to business tech in particular, there is a whole new world of skills you will need to acquire. As more businesses and offices shift to a hybrid or purely online presence there is now a need for professionals to be well versed in business tech. The plus point is that employers are not necessarily looking for an IT graduate to also help with the application and maintenance of the business platform. It is sufficient to have a certificate in the specific role that the business needs, be it in designing, programming, or establishing.
Though humans are often viewed as the weakest link in the process of automation, it is evident that the role of a human is irreplaceable. At least it still is at this stage of automation. This is why there is no time like now to pursue getting certified in business tech. For the foreseeable future, business tech will continue to rise and evolve, now is your chance to get ahead of the game and secure your spot on the wave of business tech.
Generally IT or information technology is the use of computers to create, process, store, retrieve, and exchange all kinds of electronic data and information. In terms of business however IT has a more specific function. Building a company’s communications networks, securing data and information, creating and maintaining databases, assisting employees with computer or mobile device issues, and a variety of other tasks are all part of IT in businesses. As a whole IT ensures the efficiency and security of a business. The rise of IT already began in the early 90’s here in Malaysia and it has only boomed over the years. What IT was then and now remains the same at its core, but considering the fact that IT is a rapidly changing world, there is a need to constantly learn and relearn skills and new technologies.
IT training is important on both an Organizational and Individual level.
At an organizational level, IT is important to ensure business operations are agile and ever ready to deal with changes in the market. Advances in communication technologies enable staff to better organize their teams and increase collaboration between staff. Then there is also the aspect of having better, more efficient and organized data storage as well as having it more secure. All of this in turn will create a more smooth and seamless customer experience.
On to the benefits of IT on an individual level. Considering the fact that IT has grown so drastically over the years, it comes as no surprise that skilled IT professionals are very much in demand. If your job is in the IT field, IT training will help you optimize your skills. Certifications in a persons given field is very much valued and acts as a validation of their skill level and qualification. Even if your job role is not related to IT, taking a training course would certainly help make you an all rounder and a valuable asset.
In this time of uncertainty and instability, companies are always looking for ways to cut down on expenditure. Having skills and expertise in multiple areas could help you retain your job. If you play your cards right, you can also use your certification as a stepping stool to land a promotion and grant yourself a passage up the career ladder. Along with that comes a larger check at the end of each month.
Taking an IT course is purely practical. This means there is no need to heavily learn any module prior to taking an IT course. This makes IT the perfect course for anyone to take. Networking is always important and one of the best ways to do so is through the people you meet when taking a professional training course and in this case, an IT course. Through this networking, you will be able to secure new jobs and an insiders connection with people from various industries. This will also provide you with valuable insights which will be useful in your career further proving just how important IT training can be.
Corporate training or more recently known as workplace training has come to become a popular element designed to keep employees educated with the latest developments in their respective fields. Corporate training is very important to any organization as it provides the necessary training and qualification for the work force of an organization to perform at its optimum or even improve on business procedures. It usually falls on the responsibility of the HR team to identify areas in which training is necessary and to provide these training accordingly. How this is not always the case. These days organizations are open and receptive towards listening to their employees on the ground. It is very common for employees or team managers to request for specific training that would help themselves be better equipped for their jobs.
Though so, corporate training is almost always perceived as something that only benefits the organization and not the employee. This probably stems from the fact that most of these trainings are usually role centric and are very specific or relevant only to their current roles. Therefore employees find it hard to see a long term benefit in it for them. However, this is not the case. Though some of the training provided may be role centric, this is only a small fraction of the different types of corporate training out there. Organizations also have the option of providing “soft skill” training such as leadership training, effective communication or even team building.
The negative perception of corporate training is slowly being changed. In a recent LinkedIn survey, it was discovered that 94% of respondents say that they would commit to staying longer in an organization that would invest in their betterment by providing education and learning opportunities. Ensuring corporate training is not something done just out of necessity but with the best interest of the employees is not difficult. For starters, having team managers involved in the planning process is crucial as they are the ones who oversee their respective teams on a day to day basis. They are the ones who would be most aware of the training their team members need to optimize themselves thus making sure that the training being offered will actually provide employees with a benefit.
The next thing would be to offer product knowledge training. This could be anything from Microsoft Office to Adobe Illustrator training, it is always beneficial to take a refresher course on these softwares. Whether the employee is a new hiree or a senior in that field, taking a course on it would help them relearn some skills that they may have forgotten or learn new ways to utilize the tool so as to simplify their day to day lives.
With all that being said, it is no wonder why corporate training is so important on both an organizational and individual level.
PMP (Project Management Professional) certifications are quickly becoming a popular choice for many fresh graduates and working professionals alike. This is because a PMP certificate acts as a proof of expertise and validates your skills and abilities in this industry. As the name PMP suggests, once you are certified you are considered to be a professional who is ready to work in the industry. The duration that is required to become a fully certified professional is one of the factors that draws people into pursuing a PMP certificate. This however is just one out of many reasons, as you will soon find out for yourself.
Increases your chances of getting hired
According to a Project Management Institute report, employers will soon need more than three times the current amount of staff working under project management roles. Though the demand is seeing an upwards trend in years to come, the talent at hand is at a bare minimum. This is why pursuing project management is highly recommended.
Keep up with industry trends
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is one to keep up with the latest trends and is always up to date with the changes in this rapidly changing industry. You can rest assured that whatever knowledge you acquire and learn while pursuing this certificate, will reflect the current industry trends and practices. Once you complete your certification course you will be able to become a project manager at any given sector.
Build a strong network
There are 791,448 PMP certification holders currently and they all belong to the highly reputed PMI club. Once you’ve made it into the club yourself, you will come to meet more like minded individuals who all belong to the professional working world. This club is where you build a strong network of industry experts and seasoned professionals who could potentially provide you with more opportunities.
Helps with career mobility
PMP certifications not only act as a guarantor of your skills but also allow for you to expand and grow in your career pathway. If you do not wish to climb the ladder in your field of work, you can always make the switch as PMP’s are needed in every industry.
Add value to your organization
Besides adding value to yourself, a PMP certificate can very well benefit your organization as well. A PMP is someone who oversees operations of all projects and ensures that deadlines are being met while saving money and time. This ensures that no resources are being wasted by any organization.
Earn a bigger salary
A survey carried out by PwC found that individuals who are PMP certified earn up to 23 percent more than their uncertified counterparts. This alone is enough reason for many to be on board with obtaining a PMP certificate.