Successful Candidate
How to Be the Person They Want to Hire

By Ros Jay
Financial Times / Pearson Education
February 2004
ISBN: 0-273-67522-2
254 Pages, Illustrated, 5 ˝" x 8 ˝"
$34.95 paper original

You really want the job, but the first hurdle is a big one - how to decipher the job ad and make yourself sound like just what the employer is looking for. But it's not easy: what does "must have integrity" actually mean in concrete terms? Or "able to initiate change"? And how do you ideally demonstrate that you’ve got it?

Having interpreted over 75 of the most frequent job requirements, this book explains how you can demonstrate that you have what the employer is looking for. Recruitment ads seem to have a language all their own. The people who write them know what they are looking for, but do you? Help is at hand. The Successful Candidate translates recruitment-speak back into plain English, so you can find out what it is that employers really want.

Customer relations Positive approach to customer service / customer focused / focused on client service / customer aware Good / professional telephone manner Good speaking voice Helpful attitude Enjoy dealing with people Excellent influencing skills Management Good management skills Skilled leader / ability to lead people Ability to motivate people Able to develop a team / good team building skills Ability to develop people Communication Communication skills / ability to communicate well both verbally and in writing / confident communicator Able to liaise at all levels Ability to contribute at board level Articulate Good interpersonal skills / people skills Willingness to deploy tact and diplomacy Good negotiation skills Personal image Enthusiastic Friendly Sense of humour Warm, positive approach Outgoing personality Presentable / smart in appearance Approachable ‘Special’ kind of person / exceptional person / great personality Personal qualities Innovative Ambitious / keen to progress / develop your career / ‘zest for achievement’ Determined / determination to succeed Energetic Hard working Committed Drive Dedication Integrity Entrepreneurial Professional Reliability Mature Honest Dynamic Discreet Loyal A desire to learn / keen to learn Work style Flexibility / adaptability Highly motivated Good team player Ability to use your initiative Enjoy working to target / enthusiastic about exceeding targets / goal driven Positive attitude / ‘can-do’ attitude Able to initiate / manage change Self-motivated / pro-active / self-starter Able to work unsupervised / be able to work with minimal supervision / ability to manage yourself Quality approach to work Disciplined approach to work Efficiency Ability to work well under pressure / calm under pressure Good problem solver Attentive to detail Willingness to carry out duties Not a clock-watcher Imaginative use of resources Well established work ethic Ability to multi-task Forward thinking Enjoy working independently General skills Good analytical skills Organisational skills / systematic Ability to demonstrate accuracy Ability to demonstrate numeracy Good IT skills / passion for technology Excellent administration skills Strong financial awareness Able to prioritise workload Able to plan ahead Work to tight deadlines Effective time manager

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