The one thing I wish I knew when looking for a job.

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2020

Last week, I had a great opportunity to be a guest speaker at the AIM event at my alma mater York University, Toronto, Canada.

It was my pleasure to talk and share my experience with students.

There was one interesting question I'd like to share with you.

Question of The Day:

“What do you wish you knew when you were a 4th year student?”

Answer:

I wish I knew that I should have been doing more research to clarify my job target and approach the interview with the “How Can I Help?” mentality, rather than “I ll just tell them whatever experience I have and hopefully they will hire me”.

A lot of fresh graduates just say

“I just want to have an entry level job in finance or accounting, I don’t really care which field I will get into as I am a fresh graduate, I will learn anything”

This is like I ask you:

“Can you please just give me $45,000? I don’t know what I am going to do but just give it to me, I will figure it out”

Will you give me the money? Probably Not.

As a person who pays you $40,000 to $50,000 a year, the employer cares a lot about whether you know what you want and you know what you are talking about both on paper(resume) and in-person (interview).

You can't just wish they will hire you because you need a job.

They only hire you because you can help them do the work, not because you need a job.

So make sure you know what kind of job you want, then you can convince the employer they should hire you.

 

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