Nicholas Kwabena Amaning is a certified Talent Acquisition and Resourcing Professional. He currently works at Vodafone Ghana, where he has been for a year and a half. Overall though, he has over ten years of experience in recruitment, talent acquisition and talent management.
Nicholas is usually the person that you send your CV to when you apply for a role. He’s the one who identifies the talent in a soup of applications. And today, he tells us exactly how to position yourself for employment from the recruiter’s point of view.
Whether You Think You Can, Or Think You Can’t—You’re Right.
Your Attitude Towards Work And Employment Matters
According to research by Jeff Cox, in Ghana there are 1.4 million more jobs than there are unemployed people. The next logical question is, if there are more jobs than unemployed people, why are people unemployed at all?
The answer to that question, according to Nicholas, is because a large percent of people who complete school are not employable. So the first thing that you have to do when you get out of school, is to work on making yourself employable. Because … school doesn’t do that.
Your attitude therefore, shouldn’t be a sense of entitlement to jobs because you have a degree. Instead, you need to self-build and make yourself into the candidate that employers want to hire.
Your CV Needs To Get Past The Applicant Tracking System
Nicholas tells us that as a hiring manager, he can go through about 500 CVs in a single day. Now, you may think that the more pages that your CV has, the more serious you’ll appear to an employer. However, that is not true. He emphasizes that your CV be just two pages—three at the maximum.
In addition to that, CVs also pass through ATS software. The Applicant Tracking Software is designed to select the best candidates for a role. This means that the software compares the job description to the CVs that are received. And according to Nicholas, you need to match your CV to each role, otherwise your CV won’t even make it to a hiring manager.
Help The Interviewer To Identify With You
Your interviewer is not just their job. They are also human. And the more that they relate to you, the more favorably they are going to view you for the role. That being said, the best way to form a connection with your interviewer—to make yourself relatable to them—is by talking about yourself: your past experiences.
When you’re asked a question in an interview, you need to try as much as possible to avoid being vague. You need to avoid hypothetical scenarios and actually draw from things that you’ve dealt with in the past. That way, you get to make your experience more tangible for the interviewer. You will also give them a chance to get to know you as a person.
Make sure you have examples to buttress every answer that you give.
—Nicholas Kwabena Amaning
Another good tip, according to Nicholas is being intentional about the way that you present yourself. Watch your body language, be articulate when you speak and make eye contact.
What Do You Have To Offer Recruiters?
What you have to offer recruiters, is what Nicholas calls employable skills. These are the things that will allow you to make the company even a little bit better when you’re hired. According to Nicholas, even right now with the COVID-19 disrupting the normal way of doing things, there are open roles that aren’t being filled simply because the right people for those jobs haven’t been found.
Power Skills That Employers Require Post COVID-19
- Creativity and innovation: How you present this is also important
- Persuasion and negotiation: This important skill set can be learned
- Emotional Intelligence: These are people skills that have become increasingly important to recruiters
Hard Skills That Employers Require Post COVID-19
- Block Chain
- Cloud Computing
- Analytical Reasoning
- Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
- UI/UX Design
- Business Analysis
- Data Mining and Analytics
- Affiliate Marketing
How To Make Recruiters Find You
Even if you have the right skill set, that is not enough to get you a job. You also need to make recruiters notice that you have that skill set. To that end, you need to have a good CV that will communicate your value to a potential employer.
You also need to have an active professional media profile. You can create one of those on LinkedIn, Rocketreach or even Zoominfo. However, LinkedIn is the most used professional network; both globally and in Ghana.
Finally, you need to build professional networks. You need to make contacts that will help connect you to the right opportunities. Although it’s a cliché expression, who you know actually does matter when it comes to finding a job.
Let’s Get You Hired is a weekly manual for job seekers. The series contains guides and tips on CVs, Interviews and other resources to get you hired.
Source: Nicholas Kwabena Amaning, Certified Talent Acquisition and Resourcing Professional at Vodafone Ghana Via Africa Skills Hub