What’s on your holiday wishlist? Is it that hot new gadget that everyone is talking about? Or maybe it’s something a little less fancy, like a new jacket. If you count yourself among the unemployed, chances are you are wishing for just one thing: A new job. Since you’re unlikely to find a job offer underneath the Christmas Tree this year, there are some other things you can wish for that will help land you work.
In a recent blog post from Boxwood Tech, a career center development site that hosts the NPT Jobs Career Center, Peter Weddle describes a list of items that should be on every job seeker’s wishlist this holiday season. Weddle, the author of over two dozen employment-related books, including The Career Activist Republic, explained that the key to creating such a list is knowing what it is that employers want.
Every employer’s list of needs contains different needs but they will all share some commonalities as well. In order to have the best chance of getting hired this holiday season, Weddle recommended that you add the following five items to your wishlist:
1. State-of-the-art knowledge and skills.
2. The ability to contribute to the organization’s success.
3. A flexible approach to work and employment.
4. The capacity to work in a wide range of situations and circumstances.
5. The dedication and competence to bring originality and creativity to your work.
You will find that employers will have much a much higher interest in your services if you are able to obtain even a few of these skills this Christmas. “Employers know that they’re unlikely to get everything on their wish list when recruiting for their openings,” wrote Weddle. “However, the more of those gifts you offer in your job search, the more likely it is an employer will grant you your wish and offer you a great job.”