|How motivated are you? Does your understanding of motivation align with that of current or future employers? Identifying and bridging any gaps is crucial.
Read this issue for practical steps to strengthen your approach to finding your next position.
What Does Motivation Really Mean for Job Seekers & Career Changers
In their book, The Six Reasons You’ll Get the Job, Elisabeth H. Sanders-Park and her co-author Debra Angel MacDougal argue that every reason to hire, fire, and promote, is included in just 6 areas:
Motivation: Misunderstood by Job-Seekers?
Based on their experience of helping thousands of job-seekers with significant barriers to find work, they conclude that motivation is the single area where employers’ and candidates’ perspectives differ the most. In their words, understanding motivation is where “many job-seekers miss the mark.”
How to Do You Define Motivation?
What might this mean for you? How do you typically consider motivation in relation to your career?
One definition of motivation is the “inner or social stimulus for an action”.
Have you been focusing mainly on the inner stimuli that influence your actions?
Knowing what motivates you in work, and in life, is of course essential.
But you also need to focus externally and prepare to demonstrate how your personal motivation is relevant to a prospective employer.
Try these 3 steps to help you see motivation from the employer’s perspective.
1. Find out the Company’s Goals
Don’t assume that you already know the company’s goals, even if you are familiar with what they do. Take some time to research. Use a variety of sources of information such as websites, media and press releases, profiles of the company leadership, and annual reports.
2. Research the Decision Makers
Managers and other hiring decision-makers are more likely to employ candidates whom they believe can help them succeed. Go deeper with your research to learn as much as you can about the individuals who will be involved in hiring process. Find out who in your network might be able to help you with pertinent information.
3. Prepare to “Translate”
Once you have a good understanding of what is most important to the company and the hiring decision makers, you are in a strong position to demonstrate that you will be an asset to the company. Your job now is to show how your motivation aligns with their needs.
Don’t assume others will make the connections. Make them explicit. What examples can your provide from your past experience?
If safety is a company priority, what evidence can you provide evidence that you share this priority. For example, did safety concerns guide a difficult decision that you had to make? Can you invite a reference to provide additional evidence of this?
Everyone may agree that motivation is important for success. But by doing the work that enables prospective employers to connect your motivation with theirs, you are ready to communicate confidently during the hiring process.
Questions & Comments?
How have you been successful in proving your motivation to an employer?
What are the challenges?
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