The idea of landing your dream job is often perceived as a meritocracy process. In reality, you don’t land the dream job. Instead, you make yourself the most suitable candidate for a specific business requirement. In short, it’s not a matter of dream job, but more a case of making yourself the dream applicant for the recruiter, which takes a shift of mindset. 

Indeed, if you approach the job market with a specific title in mind, you’re likely to apply to a position whose title matches your expectations without reading the job specs. Be clear about what you want and can do, so that you can read the job description properly to make sure you’re nailing your application. Additionally, the specs give you valuable information about how the firm thinks and behaves, which you can then use to tailor your resume. Additionally, for anyone who is looking to switch company or progress in their career, keeping in mind the essential skills every business needs will always make you a relevant candidate. 

Accounting knowledge 

If you want to move through the administration ranks, accounting and finance skills are a no-brainer. Financial audit services and analysis are crucial to all businesses but often left to untrained specialists in small companies. You need a CPA license in the US to support your firm financial strategy confidently. Thankfully you can find online courses that can help you to pass the exam – if you’re unsure where to start, take a look at these CPA Review Courses to understand your options. Additionally, the financial decision-makers are expected to have sufficient accounting and tax understanding to drive the business. 

Data analysis 

We live in a data-rich world where hundreds of tools collect data every day. Unfortunately, if you don’t understand how to analyze and utilize the information available, you’re affecting the business growth. Too many professionals fail to take data science courses, which can help to visualize, interpret, and analyze data. Ultimately, data collection tools are pointless if you don’t know how to apply the results to the business world. 

Team management 

If you want to apply your business know-how as a team leader, you need to do more than maximizing your knowledge of the industry sector. Management skills are miles away from your experience as a desk employee. It’s about ensuring that your team has the ability to implement the business vision. In other words, a talented manager not only understands the importance of delegation and motivation but also knows how to measure their effectiveness.

Programming and computing 

The average person uses over 15 different software tools in a day. When it comes to an employee, it could be up to 50 different tools. Indeed, B2C and B2B companies spend a lot of time and money developing digital solutions for their audience, whether they’re creating an automated social media management platform or a smartphone-controlled heating hub. Therefore, the need for programmers remains big. However, the abundance of tools has made coding an essential skill for non-tech roles too. Indeed, digital marketers need to use code to work with data. 

Making your profile appealing to recruiters is all about understanding what they want and addressing the business needs. Some skills will always be relevant, even if you may not use them every day in your role. Pertinent knowledge gives you the upper hand as a job seeker. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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