Roger Cohen

About Roger Cohen

Founder and director of OrientaEuro.

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. Learn more >>

Being an essential or superfluous employee

My daughter cries when I leave for work. The fact that she is sad because of me makes me feel horribly guilty, but I also have to admit that I like knowing I’m important to her. Guilt versus ego. Of course I’d rather she didn’t feel that way and avoid the guilt, but I know that a few minutes later she will already feel comforted by a teddy bear and that it’s an obligatory, indispensable stage in the normal development of children, and that she will get over it. This stage starts around 10 months and lasts a few weeks.

This is a normal phase in our ‘job’ as a parent, and you shouldn’t question this situation. But our function as a parent could be detrimental if we make our children dependant on us for certain situations for which they don’t need us when they’re older.

And if at your other job, the one outside the house, you could choose, would you rather be essential?

How to become Regretless Seniors?

Forbes published an article called ‘The 25 biggest regrets in life‘ which has quickly become very popular.

Why can’t we resist to read an article with such a title?
Because everybody wants to avoid feeling regrets; to avoid being in that situation once they have no more time and energy left to materialise their pending dreams.

What do we do after having read that type of article?

To be Employed = To be Used?

6 minutes of an excellent animated short film. This is enough to ask us what we look for when seeking a job, how we regard other human beings, and how we want to live, in a powerful way.

There are no answers in this short film, only questions, but very often, questions are more than enough to kick start change. Undoubtedly, the change we are proposing to you is to go and live from your passions; to join the professional well-being revolution right now! >>

We invite you to watch it and leave us your comments:




Changing Career/Studies: Why and How

Many young people are faced with the great dilemma of whether or not to continue with the studies they have chosen. Some quickly make a decision and act accordingly. Others, meanwhile, require a longer period of assimilation to decide whether to continue it or leave it.

If this is your case, surely you must be experiencing a myriad of emotions, hours of reflection, doubt and anxiety.

Multipotentiality: too many and diverse talents and passions?

Most people have a hard time identifying their key talents and passions by themselves. It is not as easy as it sounds, and in most cases, an external help of an expert is needed in order to obtain a comprehensive inventory of strengths, talents, passions, and values that could be put to use in a meaningful way.

But what if you feel your problem is that you have too many and diverse talents and passions? If that’s your case, you could find yourself jumping from one area of interest to another, and in many cases doubting whether there’s something wrong with you that impedes you from settling down and spending more time in the same area.

Open letter to the Dean

(Open Letter in response to the participation of Frédéric Nils, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Social and Political science at the University of St. Louis, on the show “Questions Clés” on 19.08.2015)

While there are some concepts expressed by Dean Frédéric Nils that we share, in general he shows certain prejudices which are now baseless, and may be the result of a lack of knowledge of other more non-traditional lines of action. The fact that Mr. Nils recommends caution regarding all guidance tests unless they come from the French community is for me a good indicator of this lack of knowledge. I understand that in Belgium there is a bias against private and lucrative practice, and discussion about it goes beyond the boundaries of this forum. However, even if this prejudice was well-founded, there is an alternative between public practice and commercial practice, and it is the existence of guidance specialists who operate on a non-profit basis, like OrientaEuro Belgium for which I am the managing director.