For the longest time since I got a job offer within a month of graduating and got employed in a job I wanted within 2 months, I was always intrigued on what employers look for in a candidate.
Like you, I have read many articles that popped up on my Facebook feed outlining what employers look for: Proactivity, attitude, communication skills, leadership, etc.
These things are cool and all, but as a graduate, how can I work on these things?
Some posts show you the step by step methods like go to networking events and join Toastmasters.
But how many people actually take action on this?
If I have heard it a thousand times, the one thousandth and oneth time usually wouldn’t make a difference.
With that all out of the way, what is the ONE WORD that employers want?
It is the word – Intrapreneur.
What on earth is that?
According to Investopedia, an intrapreneur is “an inside entrepreneur, or an entrepreneur within a large firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risks associated with those activities.”
To make this simpler, picture yourself being an entrepreneur.
You run your own company. You are the decision maker. Your attitude and outlook towards life say that you are 100% responsible for everything that happens to you. You take risks, but calculated ones. If it backfires, you find a way to bounce back otherwise you have to bite the bullet.
There is a huge reason why you see 23-year-olds who go out and build successful companies get the Vice President seat at a start-up when they are only 27.
If they were to take the traditional route, it would take a lot longer.
Most people would think that the amount of time you spend with a company determines your value to the company.
But the few think that the value you bring to the company determines the amount of time needed to get to the C-Suite.
Being an intrapreneur simply means being an entrepreneurial employee.
Employers run businesses and businesses are founded and ran under the vision of people with entrepreneurial tendencies.
Once you start thinking like an entrepreneur, all the skills that are commonly listed by employers will fall into place like clockwork. It’s only a matter of time.
Taking initiative, being self-taught and having an abundance mindset play a part in being a superstar intrapreneur.
So what are you waiting for?
Go forth and unleash your entrepreneurial vision in your life and reap the rewards the next time you go for that dream job.
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