What Employers look for when hiring a Talent

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.

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Leadership within Lean-Agile Enterprises

The move towards more responsive and higher performing IT organizations is well-established, using terms like Lean, Agile and DevOps. These philosophies have proven to be successful in sufficient cases that many businesses are following the lead of the early adopters.

Leaders play a somewhat confused role in the move to becoming a more agile organization. They enthusiastically embrace the possibility of escaping the current siloed structure, in which the massive amounts of coordination required cause a slow response to rapidly changing market conditions. On the other hand, as with previous attempts to improve the performance of their organization, they see this transformation as something that primarily affects the operational teams. This leads to a ‘missing link’ in most transformations: a lack of adjustment of leadership behaviors.

This white paper categorized the work of leaders into 6 areas:

  • Organizing
  • Visioning
  • Planning
  • Cascading
  • Monitoring
  • Developing

The Four Steps to Become a Lean IT leader

Leadership plays a critical role in the successful application of Lean principles within any organization and in any industry in order to focus effectively on customer value and achieve both strategic and financial advantages. A lack of leadership is directly related to a lack of success when implementing Lean. In a world where new businesses and potential competitors arise on a daily basis it is becoming more and more important to be Lean. Continuous improvement is necessary to keep one step ahead of the competition and waste needs to be removed in order to work in an efficient way. Over the past years, we have helped various organizations to transform into a Lean organization while eliminating waste and creating value for their customers. Our experience is that the leader plays a crucial role in these transformations. This leader sets the example by fostering an environment in which continuous improvement is not only something that is talked about during the week start but also becomes a way of thinking and acting that forms part of the organizational culture.

Lean IT Leadership is a principle-based approach to ensure that IT people, IT processes and information technology work in harmony to create long-term value for the users of IT services. In this paper, we want to show how the development of Lean IT Leadership contributes to the successful application of Lean IT principles and techniques. We will describe the four steps that need to be taken to develop into a Lean leader and we will discuss the four most important tools that can be used in this transformation.

Check out the whitepaper here and feel free to check out the Lean IT certification scheme which consists of 4 distinct certifications for various levels, starting at entry level with Lean IT Foundation and moving into Lean IT Kaizen, climbing further up the ladder to Lean IT Leadership or Coach.

Additionally, learn how Lean IT is essentially about improving the value of the IT organization by optimizing the behavior and attitude in the IT organization towards continuous value improvement for the customer by accessing our Lean IT Service Management whitepaper.

Source: Quint Wellington Redwood