The impact of your attitude

Industrial Tips & Tricks

I think it’s common knowledge— unless you are living under a rock!— that some of the ‘hot jobs’ in today’s employment market are just about any found in the construction industry; building, civil construction, driving, machine operators, warehouse workers, and the trades. If you asked me, I would say there are a load of vacant jobs out there. It’s clear that there is a skills shortage in this sector. This is forcing businesses to look at both their hiring processes, and role requirements, and open up to taking candidates who might not necessarily have all of the skills listed on paper, but who do have the drive, motivation and attitude to get stuck in and learn the role, grow and develop themselves.

The other day I had a potential candidate call me and ask what the job market is like in their area, as they might be looking to move on from their current role. This person is an experienced and highly skilled Factory Manager, on a $90k salary with car, phone etc. There was restructuring happening with his current employer, so he was feeling a little nervous about his role.  I told him that if he updated his CV and sent this to me, I felt confident that I would be able to assist in finding him other employment. He said “I don’t have qualifications, and that’s what makes me nervous; if I must leave here, would anyone want me?” I talked to him at length about this. While I agree, it does help to have qualifications, it’s not necessarily that piece of paper that’s most important. In my experience, clients want to know, (especially at his level) whether this candidate has managed a similar level of responsibility; can this person hit the ground running, can we trust he or she is able to do the job, is this person willing, and keen to do the job? Qualifications look great, and they are necessary to a point, but they aren’t the be all and end all. So yes, I felt confident I could assist this gentleman in finding other work, based on his experience and attitude.

It’s a candidate’s market, as we say in recruitment. There are loads of jobs out there for the picking; it’s a feast! When I hear someone is struggling to find work in a field where I know there are plenty of open roles, it baffles me. Perhaps your dream job isn’t going to be handed to you on a plate, or immediately available. You may need to apply a few times for that role, but with different companies. I honestly feel that if you are being truthful with yourself; you fit the job description, and are being realistic about your abilities to do this work, then I think you should have no troubles getting the job.

A friend of mine finished her Bachelor studies in Applied Visual Imaging in the month of November. Before she’d even finished studying, she was applying for work, sending her resume out to anyone and everyone in her field. She landed a job in December, and graduated the following April; already employed in her field of study, before officially graduating. The job she landed was a good one, but with a company that she didn’t see herself staying at long term, as there wasn’t a lot of room to grow and she couldn’t fully apply her creative skills. However she stuck at it and gave herself  12 months in the role to learn everything she could, before moving on to her next role. There she spent two years, this time gaining exposure to tourism, and has now been snatched up by a major leader in their industry, who run big events country-wide. This is four years on from graduating. It took a little time, but her perseverance landed her perhaps what you might call her ‘dream job’. She starts next week.

Another person who has demonstrated mental strength and persistence is a returning Kiwi who had been living overseas, looking after family while her husband worked. She had been away from NZ for more than 10 years. During those years she’d done some casual teaching work but mostly raised her kids, whilst her husband was the main source of income. Circumstances changed, which meant they had to return home. Prior to her return, this person contacted me through a mutual friend, and said she was in desperate need of work. It was a challenging time for her but she was determined to stay positive, and get a good job. She updated a CV, sent me references, we discussed her skills and experience, and within two weeks of her landing back in the country, we found her work. She starts her new office job next week, with the kids settled into their new school, and day care organised for the youngest. The company are excited to have her on board.

I could go on with these success stories, there are so many. I believe the common denominator with many of them, is the attitude and perseverance demonstrated. I feel you get out what you put in. If you find yourself saying ‘I will never get that job, I don’t stand a chance, no one will hire me…’ then yes, it’s likely you won’t get that job. But if you get out there with the mind set that ‘Yes, I am good enough’ and have the experience, skills and desire to do the job, then go for it.

When I’m recruiting, businesses will often ask me to send them a candidate with a great attitude, someone who is motivated and will pitch for work each day, because those are the skills they can’t train for. If I had a dollar for every time I heard that at a job pick up, I wouldn’t buy a lotto ticket on a Saturday! Yes, there are those jobs out there that do require certain levels of experience and some qualifications. However, if it means that much to you, then you will find a way of getting there. It won’t always happen overnight. Also, despite the skills shortage, it’s important to remember there are a lot of ‘fish in the pond’ so you still need to stand out. Think outside the square. Use social media, connect with friends and people at the gym, and don’t be afraid to reach out and connect with people. In my experience, people are always keen to help. Quite often, jobs are not even advertised and it can take some good old fashioned door knocking, or picking up a phone and calling one of our amazing consultants at Madison!

The same thing goes in my role as a consultant at Madison; my output is a result of what I put in. If I keep my activity levels up, and work hard toward the goals I set, I will get results eventually, and accomplish what I said I would achieve. I apply this in work, and in my personal life.

I like watching videos in my spare time to get a bit of inspiration. On the subject of attitude and perseverance, here are a couple of cool ones I’ve found lately:

The BMX stunt rider with only one leg

‘You get out what you put in’ Richard Sherman