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Job qualification ideology


Introduction

Whether you are qualified for a certain position or not depends on a number of factors and points of view; yours, that of your future employer and possibly that of your representative or agency. That is why we speak of "ideologies". It seems everyone has a different idea of what qualification is all about.

Do you find yourself qualified?

Qualification is usually a key issue in getting a position. But proving that you have the right skills to do the work properly can be one of the most difficult points to bring across.

Many job postings will list a number of necessary diplomas, certificates, skills and related experience which is thought to be necessary. These can be either considered as absolute facts, or, depending on the position, as guidelines.

In an ideal world you want the position to be filled by someone who can start on Day 1 and get straight to work and do a great job. But the world is not ideal in its workings and even with the most specialist, simple or straightforward of positions there is always a period of learning. The real question of qualification is: "How long will it take the new employer to do the job right?"

Will your prospective employer find you qualified?

Totally convinced that you are perfectly qualified your interviewer, prospective employer or employment agency may think otherwise. It can be difficult to change people's minds once they are made up, but it's certainly not impossible. For example, you can offer to prove your qualification by doing a (number of) test(s).

Many employers subject their applicants to any number of tests. From a simple IQ-type multiple choice test to scheduled afternoons for completing a barrage of test including language, technical, communicative, psychological profile and social skills.

While all of these tests still only give a relative answer to whether you can do the job well, they do help in pinpointing your strong and weak areas. Never refuse to do these tests. Even if you don't get the job, they do provide valuable insight and experience regarding the process of applying for work. If at all possible, ask to see or speak about your test results. All too often these tests are filed without you ever knowing the outcome.

Are you qualified because of your schooling?

If you apply for a job simply because you have the schooling that was listed be prepared for rejection. Perhaps a hard statement but without any experience whatsoever chances are high they will not hire you in the hope of finding someone with both the papers and the experience.

This problem is typical of people re-entering the job market or having undergone retraining because their old skills were either unwanted or they wanted to change profession.

Another problem of re-entering or changing professions is that your start salary may be much lower than what you were used to or expected to get. Are you really prepared to start all over?

Are you qualified because of your job experience?

Or are you simply convinced this is the job for you?

Training

If you feel your qualifications are lacking for the job (of your dreams) it may be worth your while to take some courses first. To bring your knowledge up to date you don't need to go into a study frenzy lasting months. A couple of short, targeted lessons may be all you need to get that extra piece of paper.

Even if you do not have impressive diplomas or degrees, showing a prospective  employer that you are willing to do training, that you have and are still doing so to keep up to date in your field, puts you ahead of someone who didn't or doesn't.

There are several reasons why a training course can significantly increase your chances to either get a better position (promotion) at the organisation you currently work for or to improve your chances to land a better (paid) job.

New to the job market

Even young people who have just finished their education, be it secondary or college/university level, may find that they still lack the right skills to land a good job. Don't despair after another rejection. Just because you have proven you can learn does not mean an organisation will hire you right away.

Especially if you did not specialize your education, you may well lack the knowledge required. Taking a short training course to bring you up to date can be the answer.

Re-entering the job market

When re-entering the job market your old skills may need renewing as much as you yourself need to get back into the routine. You can either prepare yourself with a complete course or a training program aimed at refreshing your skills.

Get paid while you (re)train

At the job interview itself you can successfully negotiate with your prospective employer that you already have the course information at hand to bring you fully up to date and that you are ready to sign up for it provided they foot the bill. Sounds unbelievable? It will happen if you talk about it.

An employment contract is easily adjusted to protect your employer and yourself if they agree to pay your way. Most contracts already have a Training Clause (See also Employment Contracts) and there is nothing wrong with showing initiative right from the start.

We have selected a number of on and off line training centers which specialize in technology and computer related training. Feel free to browse through their information, there is no obligation. Note that not all centers will provide their services internationally.

 

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