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Keri Aaver: Your ‘job-ready’ candidates

Posted: August 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 7, 2013 2:00 a.m.
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Keri Aaver

Job seekers and employers have a common goal. Job seekers want to connect with employment where they can use their skills and abilities and employers need to find new employees that are qualified to fill their job openings. Part of the challenge is that there is more to making the connection between employer and job seeker than just skills and abilities.

Every week we work with job seekers that have incredibly marketable skill sets. Unfortunately for some, they are missing the big picture when it comes to employment. Employers typically don’t hire someone just because of their skills. There are other pieces of the “job-ready” package that also need to be present.

Let’s start with attitude. The attitude of the job seeker is very, very important. Here are some examples of job seekers with the wrong attitude. You may recognize one or more of the following:

The Angry Candidate. The job seeker that comes off as angry or indignant that an employer has not yet hired them. After all, with their skill set and experience, who wouldn’t want to hire them! Any potential employer that doesn’t respond promptly to their email or phone call can expect an irate voice message or email reprimand for not responding.

The Settler. The jobseeker that although qualified for a much higher paying job and title has “accepted” that they will have to settle for something less. Some come off as though they could easily do the job of the people that will be hiring them or supervising them, and should be in that position. Others simply sound discouraged that they can’t get the job they really want.

The Apathetic. These job seekers don’t want to appear as though they actually want or need the job as much as they really do. They make it seem as though they are just dabbling in job seeking until someone recognizes their great worth and makes them an offer they can’t refuse. In one consulting session, we actually asked a job seeker if he really needed a job at all because it didn’t seem like he did. He confirmed our suspicion with the response, “not really.”

You may be the best qualified person for the job but without a top notch attitude your chances at getting a job are slim. The good news for the job seeker is that if you are willing to change your attitude, there are jobs for you.

Employers need experienced and non-experienced job seekers alike but they want to hire those with the right attitude. Part of what employment specialists and recruiters do is help job seekers become aware of any barriers to employment they are facing and help to remove the barriers. What they do for employers is to pre-screen job candidates for openings to ensure that they are truly “job-ready,” with the right skills, training and attitude. This ensures a more effective job search for job seekers and a more efficient approach for employers to find the right individuals to fill their job openings.

Keri Aaver is the Interim Director of the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center at College of the Canyons. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal. For more information about the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center services and workshops call (661) 799-WORK (9675) or visit


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