Patra Frame: What Does an Employer Expect from a Job Seeker Now





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Uploaded on May 5, 2009

Make sure your the tools you use in your job search meet the expectations of employers.

What does an employer expect now? In times of recession, employers really look at what a person can do for them immediately. That's the question that they want you to answer. What can you do for me right now? To do that, you have to show your value.

You demonstrate your value through relevant achievements that really tell your successes in a way that makes them important to the employer. They want to know that you really can do something for them immediately without training, without a lot of time, but an immediate difference in their business.

They want an employee who is focused. They don't want you to sort of maybe want to do this and sort of maybe want to do that. They want you to tell them and to know what you want to do, where you want to do it, and why you have passion for that. These depend on your research. You need to be very clear with your own self assessments and you need to be very clear in terms of the research you do about the organizations which interest you so you can demonstrate your focus and your value to them in terms they understand.

And finally employers really want perfection. Now is the time that they are looking for top quality. They may have had to lay employees off or they may be growing, but in either case they're looking for top quality. And that includes the fact that simple errors can knock you out. This is not the time to have an error in your resume, an error in your cover letter. Or an error in the e-mail and other documents that you send to them.

So what you need to do right now to meet an employer's expectations and find that job where you can really succeed, is demonstrate your value in terms that they understand and that apply to their business. Be very focused in terms of who you talk to, what organizations and what you know about them in advance, based on your research. And third, present your self as the professional highly qualified person that you really are. That's it, it really sounds easy, but it does mean that now is the time for you to make the best possible case for yourself to distinguish yourself in the employer's eyes so that you get the job.

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