Landing a job by meeting the employers' needs
When searching for any new employment opportunity, many of us have a tendency to view the process as one focused solely on what is best for us as individuals.It certainly makes sense that we would want what is best for us, especially when it comes to such a time and energy expender as a job. Too many of us are stuck in draining and unfulfilling jobs as it is. But by concentrating too much on what employment can do for us we may drift away from considering enough of the other side of the equation -- what potential employers need from us.Satisfying employment is a win-win fit between employee and employer. Workers get to ply their trade in what for them is the most conducive environment for generating production and the front office gets to optimally benefit from this productivity. The more new job seekers understand about what pay check providers want from their workforce, the greater will be the chance of finding a fit.In general, employers are interested in three things: • Making money • Saving money • Becoming more efficient and competitive with achieving Nos. 1 and 2If you can't address these concretely, your chances of getting hired are slim. A huge contributor to the poor hiring situation these days centers around costs.Companies have become aggressive about trying to do more with less. We've all heard about how those not laid off are being squeezed by taking on the workload of those who were. And you're not only competing with other applicants for jobs, but also with cost-saving procedures, equipment, and technologies.Being good isn't good enough anymore. You need to convince hiring personnel that you are great.Selling solutionsThink of employers as consumers out shopping for the best deal. Their logic isn't different from any of the rest of us. We all want the most value for the lowest price. As demeaning as it may sound, to employers we are commodities. They won't "buy" us unless we are seen as a valued acquisition. Being able to promote yourself as a potentially valuable possession has become Job Search 101.Fitting your value proposition firmly with their value longings is more important than ever. Once job aspirants accept this Darwinian reality, the more likely they can get hired.Sure, when assessing an employment opportunity, go ahead and think to yourself, "Here's what's in it for me," but communicate to them, "Here's what's in it for you." Be an answer to their questions while building emotional, social, and intellectual capital for yourself. Their goal is to succeed in business. Your goal is to succeed in your career. The two objectives need not be mutually exclusive.For job seekers to practice a little solution-selling is not a bad idea. By focusing on solutions rather than features you can appear more appealing. Knowing clearly the threats and weaknesses faced by an employer positions you best for an outreach to them.Adequately researching a potential employer and tactically disclosing that you've done your homework in your cover letter and interview while emphasizing how you will address the three points above is smart to do. Don't just be assertive, be relevant.Preparing for a work search has always been strategic for the ones who got the best jobs. They have applied best practices. We can all learn useful lessons from watching how they operate. Savvy career advancers know how to promote not just their best qualities, but how they bring resolutions to the fundamental challenges of running a business.The basic strategy begins with this -- believe in and champion yourself as someone they can't do without.Bill Ryan, founder of Ryan Career Services LLC, Concord, also is a regular blogger on NHBR Network. He can be reached at 603-724-2289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.