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Increase your market place

Tricks to get you in the door and a corner office

Increase your market place

At school and university students study and prepare themselves for work and their future life.

Still, come graduation many are unaware of the skills they will need.

And, still others go through life thinking some things are true when they are really not.

Rookie chatted with jobsdb.com managing director Satinee Mokaves about qualifications graduates must have and ideas to make oneself sought after.

What basic skills must all job seekers have?

In the old days whoever could speak English was considered an excellent businessman. But today that is not necessarily the case. Today, workers are considering learning another foreign language to a high level - such as Chinese, Japanese, Russian or German. The world is more global today, Satinee says.

Those that do have strong English skills will take a step up in the workplace. Employers predict they may work as trainees abroad or their organisations will ask foreign workers from parent companies to train them in Thailand, she says.

"If employees have English skills - reading, writing and can communicate and negotiate with foreign customers - they can be paid 30 per cent more than those that don't."

At the same time, it is an information-technology world. There is almost no position in which a computer is not needed.

"At the very least, you must have basic computer skills. And be a quick learner. Because, every organisation has its own exclusive software, you should understand how to use it quickly" she suggests.

What other properties should job seekers have?

Some students who study well do not necessarily work to the same potential as their grades. This is due to having little or no experience.

Some are creative; some are not, she says.

"Not only should employees possess the ability to learn but should apply what they learn to their work. Everybody must practise and understand what their employer demands of them."

Satinee says everyone must possess both a good personality and interpersonal skills.

"Interpersonal skills are important since every company works as a team. If you cannot interact with others job recruiters won't choose you.

"I am not interested in a person with excellent work skills but interested in good work skills with a positive attitude and creative thinking."

In reality, it is easier to find people with good ability than a good attitude, she says.

At the same time, good employees must show leadership according to their position. "If you show too much leadership you'll be considered aggressive," she warns.

"But, you can't say, "I don't have to have leadership because I don't have any subordinates."

She insists "you must have it even though you have no responsibility for control of other staff." This is because it encourages you to work confidently.

How should job seekers prepare?

A good-looking and sound resume is important for job applicants. But, it must not be too long.

"If your resume is long it means you are the kind of person who beats around the bush. You have to be able to fit it on one sheet of A4 paper and make readers understand quickly who you are.

"This is the best resume. Don't copy from a textbook. Just write it in your own natural style," she says. She always reads all applications for her company herself.

New graduates can write about university activities because it illustrates other skills and interaction with others.

She reveals interviewers do not ask applicants directly about what is contained in a resume, but ask a lot indirectly.

"They are not interested so much in what you studied but are interested in your presentation skills as you speak. They don't so much listen to what you say but how you say it and if you look at them confidently when saying it."

During interviews make sure your mobile telephone is turned off. If you receive a call you can forget about that job.

"You must have vocal personality; this is very important. Don't speak like a child. Accent shows maturity ... or immaturity".

Some interviewers trick applicants.

For example, when an interviewer swivels their chair applicants often follow suit. This shows a lack of self-confidence.

"I used to trick candidates. I will put a pen or pencil on the table. If they pick it up and fiddle with it unintentionally it shows a lack of confidence. This costs them score."

By Trichai Narungsiya

Special to The Nation

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