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Do Whatever it Takes Get the Job done

Do-whatever-it-takes, Get the job done 

Fresh graduate, job searching? Are you doing what you can or doing whatever it takes?  There is a big difference.

You are young, new to the scene. But don’t sell yourself short. Your ability to handle the tough or unexpected can set you apart. Your qualification is essential for graduate positions. However, differentiate yourself by stepping above the degree. Your degree is simply a tool and is no guarantee of what you will do in real life, and how you will react to unexpected situations. You have a degree but forget the book qualification.

An issue comes up with the bank’s servers you are supporting can you move fast, think on your feet and resolve the problem? The answer may not be in any book or classroom. Get past your academic and technical abilities. Why keep yourself in the box when your abilities are actually unlimited? If the pressure is high will you be able to take smart decisions about issues that affect the business in a calm and sound manner? There is a sudden and major change while handling a service request, how well can you read situations and make wise recommendations?

  • There is no substitute for someone who is quick to grasp the dynamics of the work environment and can react appropriately. Always look for opportunities to share experiences with interviewers and employers on how you have resolved tough or unexpected encounters in the past, maybe in school or in public.
  • But stepping up to carry the weight and show initiative is not a reflex action for many. A major disturbing issue in the job search arena is the dearth of people who think and act like solution providers – most prefer to highlight rather than address problems. “Someone else will solve the problem.” Sometimes challenges could spring from changes in the IT world, system faults, dealing with organizational issues, unfriendly clients or uncooperative colleagues.
  • Stand out by showing that you have the mental edge and desire to solve problems– you don’t have experience but you can think, resolve issues and make things happen despite the presence of obstacles. With or without experience, those with real desire give birth to positive action. The work environment is reality not an excuse for incompetence. Employers don’t want to be reduced to nannies or babysitters.
  • In the interview do you show that you are dependable, or do you come across as a baby holding tight to toys in a pram? Want the fresh graduate job? Lack of desire is not a selling point. Where is your hunger? Just doing the routine, doing what you can? Where is your sense of urgency? 
Your qualification means nothing to the employer without the relentless determination of an intense do-whatever-it-takes attitude. Grow up and take charge.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Do you agree with the do-whatever-it-takes approach? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

Jide Awe
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT

ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting Nigeria
"Technology matters, but it is always about people".

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