Job Hunting Tips: What Employers Look For

April 11, 2007


What Employers Want

Awareness of employer’s expectations is essential to finding a job. Older job-hunting techniques focused on “you“, the person. It laid emphasis on your work history, accomplishments, academic background and other credentials. It focused on your qualifications and objectives as well. But that has changed and today, employers expect you to know what their needs are and tell them how you can complement the organization.


Displaying the right energy and initiative is very important. Energetic people are credited with enthusiasm, vigor and drive and that is exactly what employers want. Most jobs require you to be proactive. Employers can easily evaluate this ability, almost as soon as the candidate enters the room. If you are not an energetic person, you should practice ways to look and act accordingly, in order to make a good first impression. It can make a huge difference; most of the time, job opportunities are won or lost on approach and preparation.

Specific Skills

Every job involves a set of specific skills and education or training, with the required background and experience. Most often, these skill sets are mentioned in the advertisement. If, however, they are not mentioned specifically, find out about the company and its hierarchical structure. This will help you to prepare to present specific abilities and initiative, creating a positive impact on the employer. Your primary concern, once you have the list of required skills, should be to present evidence that you have those skills.

This could involve your academic qualifications, projects and achievements. In addition, you need to project the capability to meet job responsibilities, work experience, voluntary activities and tasks in personnel management. The key is to try to match your skills and capability to the specific requirement of the employer. Highlight the relevant areas, since recruiters usually do not have a lot of time on hand and have to deal with a number of applications. They show interest only in particular skill sets that are required by the organizations that they represent. Make these skill sets noticeable. Precision and brevity are important too, but it is also important to highlight the skills you possess and how you can be an asset to the firm.

Transferable Skills

There are particular skills that most employers look for that have nothing to do with the competencies required for the particular job. These skills indicate the development potential and not the knowledge level. These so-called transferable skills include communication, teamwork, leadership, initiative, problem solving, adaptability, motivation and numerical skills. In addition to this, private sector companies prefer the candidate to have some idea of how the firm operates, current business news and trends and their impact on the organization. The courses completed, work experience and hobbies are of value as well. Be ready to answer clearly if asked at the interview as to how your education has prepared you for a specific job. You should be prepared with a good and precise answer. It is important to plan in advance.

By applying the steps above, you will be well on your way to giving employers what they want and conducting a highly successful job search.

Good Luck!


7 Attitudes & Behaviors of Successful People

April 11, 2007

ARJ Training and Consultant

All successful people have a vision defined for their life and a clear understanding of how their work will help them create the life they want. These individuals exhibit seven behavioral traits. These traits are:

. Selfishness
. Focus
. Discipline
. Persistence
. Ownership
. Results Oriented
. People Oriented

Selfishness: Successful people are selfish. Selfishness is good and is a behavior that allows them to protect their time, energy and money. Since they know where they are going and what they must do, they know the people they need to meet and the actions that will take them where they want to go. They know that time is a precious commodity and there are only so many hours in a day. They use this time wisely.

Focus: Successful people are focused. Being focused is like being a marathon runner. They continually put one foot in front of the other and know they have specific actions they must do to finish the job at hand (finish the race). They stay focused on those actions.

Discipline: Successful people are disciplined. They do not lose site of where they are going or how they are going to get there. They walk away from or delay activities that do not take them where they want to go. They develop routines that become habits and they are disciplined in those routines.

Persistent: Successful people are persistent. They know where they are going and they do not quit. They may be stymied or delayed but they find away around each obstacle. They try again and approach obstacles from different directions until they find what works, but they do not quit.

Responsible: Successful people are responsible for their actions and the results they get. They know they control the outcome through their behavior. If things are not working they know that they came change their behavior and move towards the desired outcome. They also know that they need others to be successful and they are quick to give credit to others as they achieve success.

Results Oriented: Successful people are results oriented. They understand that the only thing that counts are results. They make no excuses. They know there is no such thing as trying, only doing. You get the job done or you do not.

People Oriented: A common trait of successful people is that they understand their success is dependent upon how well they motivate, inspire, lead, manage, sell and communicate to others their ideas, vision, thoughts, and action.

How many of the attitudes and behaviors are you using? Honestly ask yourself if you are using all seven and if you are not happy with the answer, put a plan is place to begin using these new behaviors.

Good Luck!

Kaedah membaca dan mengingati isi penting.

April 11, 2007

ARJ Training and Consultant

1. Letakkan sasaran bahan yang hendak dibaca. (Tajuk, muka surat)
2. Baca ‘laju’ untuk mengetahui sepintas lalu kandungan bahan yang hendak dibaca
3. Baca kali kedua dengan pembacaan teliti sambil highlight” perkataan-perkataan-perkataan penting atau kata kunci.
4. Ulang baca ‘laju’ sambil menumpukan kepada kata kunci yang telah di highlight.
5. Cuba senaraikan kembali kata kunci yang telah di highlight keatas sekeping kertas
6. Olah kembali kata kunci tersebut dengan gaya bahasa sendiri yang anda faham hasil pembacaan tadi
7. Bandingkan huraian anda berdasarkan pemahaman anda tadi dengan kandungan teks asal
8. Ulang langkah diatas sehingga anda benar-benar berpuas hati dengan kefahaman yang anda perolehi hasil pembacaan itu.


1. Jangan pentingkan kuantiti pembacaan tetapi kualiti.
2. Jangan terlalu gelojoh dalam membaca. Pastikan anda benar-benar faham sebelum pindah ke muka surat atau bahan bacaan seterusnya.
3. Untuk subjek matematik, Prinsip Akaun, Kimia, Fizik dan subjek yang memerlukan pengiraan, elakkan dari sekadar membaca. Banyakkan latih tubi (Latihan pengiraan). Anda tidak akan faham hanya sekadar membaca.

Selamat Mencuba!

Definisi Islam

April 4, 2007

Perkataan Islam berasal dari perkataan “Salima” yang membawa maksud:

1. Tulin dan suci dari kecacatan zahir dan batin
2. Damai dan aman atau sejahtera
3. Taat dan menyerah.

Tetapi kita sebagai Umat Islam, adakah sikap dan perangai kita mendatangkan sejahtera dan damai keatas diri sendiri dan orang lain? Adakah kita ini  mampu menjadi kesejahteraan (ketenangan) keatas orang lain atau kita ini seolah – olah menjadi ancaman, atau sesuatu perkara yang boleh mengganggu gugat kenteteraman orang lain.

Kadang-kadang secara tidak sedar kita meragut ketenteraman insan lain dengan lidah kita. Perkataan – perkataan yang luncur dari bibir kita ini bisa meruntuhkan keterangan orang lain. Adakalanya jari-jari kita ini menulis perkara yang tidak sepatutnya ditulis sehingga mengundang pelbagai bencana. Adakalanya mata kita ini juga menyebabkan hilangnya ketenangan seseorang itu.

Boleh dikatakan hampir setiap yang dikurniakan Allah baik dari kecerdikan otak, tubuh badan yang sihat (tiada kecacatan fizikal) dan sebagainya kita gunakan untuk “menganggu” insan-insan lain dan bukannya mendatangkan kegembiraan, ketenangan, kesejahteraan dan keselamatan kepada orang lain.

Seharusnya kita sebagai orang islam haruslah tunduk dan patuh dengan apa yang telah ditentukan didalam Al-Quran dan Sunnahnya yakni berakhlak dengan akhlak yang baik agar kita mampu menjadi permata kesejahteraan, InsyaAllah.

Hargailah mereka

April 3, 2007

Hargailah kedua ibu bapa mu sementara mereka masih hidup di dunia ini. Berbaktilah kepada mereka sebelum tiba masanya mereka di jemput pulang bertemu Ilahi…

Moga doa ini termakbul amin..

April 2, 2007

Doa oleh Sheikh Muhammad Mohaisany : Imam Masjdil Haram
Doa ini dibaca selepas sembahyang terawikh pada 1422 Hijrah. Beliau kemudiannya ditahan oleh pihak berkuasa Arab saudi selepas membaca doa tersebut.

Hafiz Quran yang cacat penglihatan!

April 2, 2007