With skill shortages abounding in the traditional professions here in Australia, and the competition for each skilled person coming on the market so fierce – professional practices and many other industries are having to think laterally to attract and employ staff.
My husband has a professional practice, and so I have experienced first hand (as well as from a recruiters viewpoint) the trials of finding suitable staff.
Over the years, we have refined G’s strategy regarding staff. We can sum it up in one word:
It is a fine line, of course – professional staff need to have some basic professional qualifications.
Once those basic qualifications and experience are satisfied, however, it’s all down to attitude. And the ‘right’ attitude beats experience and skills hands down. We’ll take on people who don’t have the classic experience profile if they have the right attitude.
That attitude is a ‘can do’ one. A commitment to the organisation and to their career as a career rather than just a j.o.b. that brings in a paycheck.
A preparedness to get the job done, and a continual commitment to improving their skills and ability and to move forward. And of course, a positive optimistic outlook and the desire to work as a valuable member of the team.
I think this is what most employers are looking for these days – with or without the experience and qualifications.
How can you best demonstrate these qualities to a prospective employer in your resume and at interview?
If you can prove you have this attitude – you will be picking and chosing the cream of the jobs every time you go to move on.