This is part 2 of this life transforming series on employability. In case you missed the part 1 (click here to read.http://wp.me/p3HjCT-3C) of the series, i distinguished between the employment mindset and the employability mindset.
I concluded yesterday by asking this all important question and i feel i should ask you again – which do you have? An employment mindset or an employability mindset?
A very simple test to sift you is to ask how much reading you have done since you left school? I’m not referring to those tidbit or snippets of information you snack on, on social media platforms or through soft sell magazines. I’m discussing here a conscious and deliberate pursuit of relevant, career building, life shaping information for its own sake.
I have said it before and I will say it again. The idea of growing your income without tying it to your personal growth is an illusion of grandeur, a superfluity of nothingness. Your income even if it is a business you have chosen to start, will only grows to the extent that you grow.
When you increase your knowledge, hone your skills and expand your abilities consistently, you increase your solution potential. Your solution potential is your ability to solve problems and get results that people and organizations will gladly pay you for.
This is why I’m very surprised and interested but God cannot be mocked. Everybody claims reading is their hobby on their resume. The question is, are you reading the right stuff? Are you exposing your mind regularly to information and people that will help you grow? Do you have a personal and career growth plan? More importantly, are you bothered?
I pity you the day an interviewer will ask you what have you read recently and to summarize the information. If I were you, I would change that hobbies section of your resume from reading to chatting. At least that way you can save face.
To set the records straight, I consider it wanton hypocrisy to claim to enjoy reading and all you have read since you graduated from school is Encomium, Mills and boons. Now go ahead and share with me how what Genevieve Nnaji and D’banj wore to that party will help convince HR that you are the right candidate for the job or how the story of he kissed her lips and stole her breath away will suffice when you are asked what is your five year plan?
I find Charlie “Tremendous”Jones’ quote a sound warning, “You are the same today as you will be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Let this truth transform you – the number one problem of employers is not capital or technology but PEOPLE. Yes! People is the number one problem of employers. What is capital, strategy or technology when organizations don’t have the right people to translate them into the desired business results.
Every employer has problems and only those with the employability mindset can solve them. Trust me, people with this mindset will always name their pay in the long run.
Before I proceed, let me recommend the Workplace and Enterprise Readiness Programme 2014 (WeReady 2014). It’s a yearly employability training for job seekers, job changers, youth corps members and career changers that brings the afore mentioned in learning exchange with 40 seasoned HR professionals, career coaches and entrepreneurs. (Click here to find out about the programme.. http://goo.gl/Wenudu).
To up your game this year, don’t miss it especially if you are just fresh out of university or polytechnic. I highly recommend it. It changed my mindset from employment to employability in February 2012. It was the fertile ground that incubated my desire for my current career path.
Now, back to the crux of the matter. How then can you change your focus from employment mindset to employability mindset. Let me share with you TEN (10) things you can do to boost your EMPLOYABILITY QUOTIENT:
#1. Understand that your university degree whether 2.1, first class or Third class won’t cut it. It is no longer a unique selling point. Most people have it including those who got theirs from cheating, in exchange for sexual favours with randy lecturers or simply just forging it (the law will still catch up with them).
My experience in recruitment especially for SMEs, where a majority of us would often start our career (and they are not a bad place to start. Let’s be realistic, not everybody will start their first job at Shell, a major bank or Pricewaterhousecoopers) is that after you can read and write (at least you claim to have a certificate) they want to see what else you can bring to the table. So have you got it?
#2. Volunteer if possible to acquire relevant skills and experiences. Don’t sit at home idle, volunteer somewhere and be useful. Seek paid or unpaid internships. Inaction breeds fear. Sitting at home is a prime example of inaction. We should not be afraid of making small progress. What we should be afraid of is standing still.
Let go of your pride. Be willing start to start small. While you are busy stewing at home waiting for a supposed big break, some other people are busy rehearsing, preparing, acquiring relevant skills and knowledge for their big break. Let go of your entitlement mindset. Hustle while you wait.
Another thing you must acquire is a strong work ethic. Farrah Gray said, “You can’t have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage ethic.”
I will conclude this series tomorrow with the remaining 8 steps for you to take in jump starting your dream career.
Please note that the beginning of every great thing starts small. Like an unknown author said, “Sometimes, the smallest steps in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must but take the step.”
Now, what are you going to do about this information? Action and not mere motivation is the cause of transformation.
I believe in the possibilities ahead of you as you act on these ideas. Please share this post with others.
To your success
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About Layi Adeyemi
Layi is a consummate speaker, author, trainer and peak performance coach. As a management consultant, he is currently involved in helping various SMEs realize their full potential through strategy formulation for the development of their human resources and in achieving business growth.