The Attitude and Skills That Get You There

How you begin your career determines to a great extent how much you will grow and how well you will grow. Your attitude and skills matter the most when you apply for your first job.

As a first-time jobseeker, it is quite natural to see a job as a money-earning opportunity. In fact, that is the mistake that most candidates make in the beginning of their career. But the smart ones among them are able to see the bigger picture and look for a career break instead of a job.

What, really, is the difference between looking at a job versus a career? Individuals who look for a job are only seeing the salary and benefits. While those who look for a career break are looking at a lot of holistic factors around the ‘job’, including the company profile, future growth prospects, opportunities for learning, etc.

How you begin your career determines to a great extent how much you will grow and how well you will grow. There are specific attitudes and skills that you can cultivate right at the outset to ensure a worthwhile career span.


Focus on the big picture

Each job that you take up is a step in your overall career ladder. So, plan well and strategise your career moves. Ensure that even your first job is in alignment with your career goal and helps to ‘build’ it in some manner.


Communication skills are more important than language skills

‘English’ is the buzzword among most Indian jobseekers. The common understanding is that individuals with fluent English skills do better in their career. While the importance of English as a professional language cannot be undermined, candidates must look at developing the entire soft skill set as a whole with major emphasis on communication skills. As a concept, communication skills go far beyond language skills and include aspects like effective listening, non-verbal communication, etc. It is the holistic combination of all these skills that helps you become an effective resource for your company.


Develop your interpersonal skills

Success in the corporate world is a lot about people management. It has been well researched that educational and technical skills have only a limited benefit in the long-term career growth. What matters the most is skills such as communication, negotiation, people management and conflict resolution. In short, it is your personality that is the ticket to your career growth. And this is one aspect that gets built very gradually. However, the sooner you begin focusing on it in your career, the better it is. Look for career counselling opportunities in your area. Enrolling for soft skills training courses can also help you acquire better interpersonal skills.


Discipline your lifestyle

In college days, one can afford to have a carefree lifestyle. However you need to transform yourself before entering the corporate world. Your performance on the job is a reflection of your inherent human capabilities. Your ability to enhance your lifestyle through practices such as yoga, exercise and meditation will enable you to deliver more efficiently and most positively at your workplace.


For any queries or clarifications on career growth and opportunities, call 09266615555 (9:30 am to 7:30 pm daily) for instant professional guidance from MeraJob counsellors.

MeraJob is India’s first job-matching portal that uses a candidate’s SmartProfile™, instead of the regular CV, to find the perfect job fit. It builds deep engagement with employers, which enables it to pre-screen and match candidates to jobs on the basis of their skills, preferences and behaviour.

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