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How to Use Unrelated Tech Skills in a Job (and Impress the Boss) - Page 2

Author: Rachel P.
Published: July 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Remember, highlighting specific experiences during the interview will always beat repetition of what’s on paper (unless they didn’t read it closely enough and a few details bear reminding). For instance, my most recent interview was in an unrelated field, but the employer was interested in redesigning their website and adding content. I already have the appropriate background for the main tasks like many other potential hires, but they overlooked my interest in basic web design.

My interviewer took a second look at my résumé, smiled, and asked when I could start once I brought it to their attention again, casually.

3) Ask questions to show strengths and a genuine interest:

“What are your company’s current projects or immediate goals for the near future?”

“Are you open to cross-training among staff members with different talents or interests?”

“What type of skills would a preferred candidate have for this position?”

“What are you looking for in an employee?”

4) I got a job offer! Now what?

Develop an offered job description into one that meets an employer’s expectations, but also includes personal interests and talents. After all, they hired you because of qualities you bring to the table. How can you enhance their work while fitting in to what’s already established?

The main goal is to create a balance that showcases an employee’s abilities without getting exploited into covering two job titles at base salary pay. I feel it’s important to review and heavily consider a job offer for more than the potential paycheck because one’s earliest professional experiences profoundly impact their motivations and can shape career paths.

The most important question to ask yourself (aside from is the salary going to pay your bills, and any other caveats, such as if this position entails relocation) is:

Is this job something I can see developing or occurring as a step to a career? Jobs are great, but temporary. Is this field something I can grow in and learn from for my future, and is the right employer to begin guiding me there?

5) I accepted the job, but this isn’t what I expected. How can I make this job more ‘me’?

It’s not often that people can brag about how much they absolutely love work. You want to get there, which is admirable, but let’s get you settled in first. How is the environment? Are your supervisors or main boss supportive of your endeavors? Do they value feedback from all levels?

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Article Author: Rachel P.

Rae is a writer and counselor who endeavors to learn from every experience without regret. She holds a Master of Arts and Professional degree in Counseling and B.A. in Developmental Psychology and Philosophy.

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