Do you really have to meet every criterion when you apply for a job?

It’s a question we’re often asked at OrientaEuro and unfortunately, it’s usually taken for granted that the answer is yes. Therefore, many people sabotage their own job searches because they don’t meet every single one of the necessary criteria.

When applying for jobs, it’s important to understand that when companies outline the must-have’s and essential skills necessary for a role, they already know that they probably won’t find a candidate who ticks every box perfectly. However, that doesn’t mean they can leave out characteristics they’re specifically looking for just because they don’t know who’s going to apply. Therefore, what we suggest is that you look at what is really critical to the job and company you’re applying for. If it’s never going to work out as you have weaknesses where they have a critical need for strengths, then don’t waste either their time or your own time applying. However, if the vast majority of the required skills match up with your own talents and passions, then it’s worth your time and effort to apply. In which case, you should highlight and draw attention to the skills you do have which match with their explicit requests, as well as additional skills that aren’t explicitly requested, but that you feel would be useful in the role or beneficial to the company.

That being said, don’t draw attention to your shortcomings. There’s no need to say, “I know I don’t have this experience, but I thought I’d apply anyway because…” – whoever receives your CV will be aware of the criteria you meet and which ones you don’t. In your application, you should focus on the talents and passions they could benefit from working with you. Period.

With that in mind, knowing yourself well and having a realistic and confident belief in your strengths will make applying for any job much easier and more effective.

With OrientaEuro’s Personalised Career Coaching, you have the support of a dedicated coach to help you focus on the strengths you do have and what really matters to you, so you can find a job not just to pay the bills but to enjoy a high level of professional well-being. What’s more, if you live in Brussels or Flanders, are currently employed and have worked for at least 12 of the past 18 months, you are entitled to our full 8-hour Personalised Career Coaching programme for only €80!

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Coaching – the key to success in changing your career path

The world of work has changed significantly. Spending your entire career in the same company and performing the same tasks day after day is a thing of the past. Nowadays, your career path is much more likely to be subject to changes and reformation – and no business sector or level of management can escape this trend. Sometimes the only option is to overcome these obstacles by striving to adapt to keep your job. When this is the case, many people feel that they’re falling behind in their professional life. Professional retraining or a significant career change isn’t seen in a favourable light when it’s compulsory – however, it’s not as damning as it seems. You can take the initiative to take part in retraining and take the future of your career into your own hands to rediscover your professional well-being.

The secret to a successful career change

At some point or another, anyone can arrive at the decision to change career, either by choice or due to reasons outside their control. However, even if the details of this change aren’t quite clear yet, it can be the ideal opportunity to breathe new life into your career and reinvent yourself professionally. A career change requires motivation and organisation, as well as the ability to ask the right questions in order to become familiar with your aspirations and to be conscious of your talents and skills. It’s also necessary to not disregard certain steps that will be vital in your success in your new career.

Career Coaching Myths Busted

There are many myths circling around about career coaching. Many employers try to discourage career coaching, or do not provide their employees with an opportunity to take it, out of fear that they will quit their current job.  While this may be true for some, for the majority of people the coaching process doesn’t convince them to completely change careers. Career coaching does however give them more self-confidence and motivation, as well as the ability to better understand their talents, passions, strengths and weaknesses, with which often also comes a change of perspective that allows the person to continue in their current job, albeit in a happier and more productive manner.   

Career Coaching Testimonial: “Regain your Motivation”

Axelle, one of OrientaEuro’s ICF accredited coaches, explains why most of her clients decide to come to OrientaEuro’s Personalised Career Coaching, and how she uses her own talents and passions to help them.  Axelle believes that her strongest talent is listening and understanding the situation of others, and that combining this with her passion of relating to others is what makes her a good coach. 

Personalised Career Coaching Testimonial: “A Valuable Investment”

“You’re always going to be so much more successful if you pick a career that you want to do” – Nicolas

Nicolas had just finished college when he decided to do Career Coaching, as he believed it’s a very important time to make a wise choice. The coaching sessions helped him find the right path by letting him know himself a little better and to have a clearer picture of the full range of careers available.

A full Personalised Career Coaching programme for 1.330€ only 80€!
(funded by the government)

If you live in Brussels or Flanders, are currently working (in any city, region or country), and have worked for at least 12 of the past 18 months, you have the right to our full 8-hour Personalised Career Coaching process funded by the government, for a total of only 80€!. Valid for employees and those who are self-employed.

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Votre programme complet de Coaching de Carrière Personnalisé d’une valeur de 1330 € pour seulement 80 € !(Financé par le gouvernement)

Si vous vivez à Bruxelles ou en Flandre, que vous occupez actuellement un emploi (peu importe la ville, la région ou le pays), et que vous avez travaillé au moins 12 des 18 derniers mois, alors vous avez le droit de bénéficier de notre programme de Coaching de Carrière Personnalisé de 8 heures, financé par le gouvernement.

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Een volledig programma van Gepersonaliseerde Loopbaanbegeleiding voor 1.330€ slechts 80€!
(door de overheid gefinancierde)

Elke inwoner van Vlaanderen of Brussel heeft recht op onze volledige 8 uur, door de overheid gefinancierde, Gepersonaliseerde Loopbaanbegeleiding als u aan de volgende voorwaarden voldoet: momenteel werkt u (in eender welke regio of land) én in de laatste 18 maanden hebt u minstens 12 maanden gewerkt.

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