Get to know yourself before applying for a job

Recruitment - 02 Sep 2021

Finding the perfect job is so much more than just getting up in the morning and deciding that your perfect job is at the Mugg & Bean head office in marketing or that you know you will be an ideal candidate for a teacher at a private school rather than a public school. Self-awareness is key when searching for the perfect job and what your strengths, skills and aspirations are.

To really understand yourself as the perfect job candidate, you need to keep the following acronym in mind: SCINFA (Skills and Competencies, Interests, Needs and Future Aspirations)

Your skills and competencies are always your actual abilities and competencies are what you are able to do with them. Things like good communication or organisational skills can assist you in dealing with difficult clients and of course speaking to people. When it comes to your interests it is very important to look for an opportunity that matches your specific interests and personality to ensure that you are the right match. This will also help you to speak with enthusiasm and selling yourself when you have to answer the question of why you are the right person for the job.

When it comes to your individual needs physically, financially and personally – it is so important that you are realistic. If a job does not meet your financial needs for example to cover your living expenses and day to day costs, there is no point in applying. If you live in Johannesburg and a job opening is in Pretoria and you have transportation issues, there is no way that you will be able to fulfil your duties. We have also all heard the question: “Where do you want to be five years from now?” Knowing yourself, your hopes and your dreams will help you understand what

direction you need to follow and which steps you must take to reach your long-term goal. Future aspirations play a big role in selecting the right opportunity for you.

If all of this might be a lot to digest start with a few easy questions for yourself and write them down:

  • What motivates me?

  • Am I easily unsettled?

  • What are my weaknesses?

  • Can I handle criticism?

  • Do I relate well to others?

  • How do I manage conflict?

  • How do I cope with stress?

  • What triggers my stress?

  • What makes me feel good about myself?

There are also tons of online tools if you are not too sure if you really know yourself that well. Why not go onto and do a personality test. You are never too old to learn about yourself.

Always remember that inner happiness is the biggest gift that you can give to yourself.



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