A Step-By-Step Guide to Success
You want to break into industrial jobs and begin a rewarding career. But when you’re starting out, you have no experience. So how can you compete against those who do?
Experience is an important factor to employers when hiring for industrial jobs. It gives them peace of mind that you’re more likely to understand the role, and deliver and grow within the company.
But we all start somewhere, right? And guess what – if you can show employers that you’re willing to learn and have the foundations to grow within their business, you’re actually in a position to be the strongest candidate of them all.
In this article, we show you how to highlight the skills employers are looking for, and land the best industrial jobs.
The 6 Steps to Discovering Why Employers Need You
Here, we are going to run you through this step-by-step process, which will help you identify your strong points and transferable skills, and then present them on your application.
1. Identify Your Best Qualities
First, think about what you’re good at already. Don’t worry about what skills you think industrial jobs need yet – there may be transferable skills you’re not aware of, but employers and specialist recruiters are. You’ve got two types of skills to consider:
- Hard skills: Your technical ability to complete or understand something
- Soft skills: The skills that make you a good individual, such as punctuality
If you’re great at problem solving, write it down. If you’re quick to learn, add that to the list. If you’re great with numbers, or work well with machinery, or reading data, or supporting colleagues – list them all.
2. Identify the Core Skills Needed
It’s time to study the job description. Have a good read-through. Now, all job descriptions ask for cherries on top – the nice-to-have skills. But don’t let these put you off. Focus on the required skills. These are the skills they know you will need to be able to begin the role, and enjoy it.
Do you have them? Be honest with yourself. If you don’t, then it’s not the job for you right now. Search for jobs that list skills you know you have and feel confident in.
3. Make a Match
Now, compare your list of skills, and each job description’s essential list of skills. If you find a good match, you’re in a good position.
Bonus tip: If they ask for a minimum level of experience, now’s the time to see if your list of skills outweighs your lack of experience. If it does, then we say apply. Employers may just override the lack of experience for the moldable skills you can bring to the table. Many employers would rather hire a candidate with great skills and the ability to grow, than a candidate with a little more experience but minus the skills needed to develop.
4. Fix Your Resume
Your resume is your passport to an interview. Select all the skills you have and which they’ve asked for, and list them clearly and concisely on your resume. No waffle, just a bullet-pointed list for their eyes to dart toward. Hard skills, then soft skills.
Then, follow these with your other skills you’ve identified in yourself, with the most relevant to the role first.
5. Prepare for the Interview
An interview is a great way for interviewers to learn more about you, and the skills you’ve mentioned in your resume. Always prepare, by thinking of examples that demonstrate these. For example, if you’ve said you’re great at problem-solving, think of a scenario you’ve experienced where this helped you.
6. Get Support Behind You
Employers will want supporting evidence of your skills and abilities, so always ensure your references are from sources who will back your claims.
At Everest Recruitment We Help Surface Your Skills
We are experts at identifying transferable skills from all kinds of backgrounds. Skills we know would be well suited to some of the best industrial jobs going.
Submit your resume to us. Let us help you optimize your resume to showcase your true worth, and champion you all the way to a new career.
We also have various contracts, such as temporary work, which can really help you boost your experience and your appeal to employers! So please do get in touch and discover what we can do for you.