Writer: Liudmyla Germanyuk
Editor: Mariia Lysikova
Photographer: Sarah Zimmermann
This week is special for LCC International University as Student Success Week hosts four events aimed to strengthen students’ wellness. We open this article series with insightful tips for career planning from LCC Vice President (VP) for Human Resources, Natalija Zacharova-Nausede.
Career planning now looks puzzling as there is no universal way for everyone to get employed. In the past, people saw the progress of their work by moving up the career ladder, whereas now it’s more common to be employed in different fields throughout one’s life.
However, the average person still spends 8 hours per day working; therefore, it’s crucial to spend this time doing what you love.
Natalija Zacharova-Nausede shared her experience of working as a VP for the Human Resources Department and valuable tips on how to get a dream job.
Natalija started her career path back in 2000 after graduation from LCC. Before joining the Human Resources team, she held three different positions working in Student Life as a director of First-Year Orientation, International Admissions Counselor, and Center for International Education. However, Human Resources is where she has found her passion.
“Being a VP for Human Resources for four years, my favorite part is working with experts and professors that come to Lithuania and helping them to integrate into the community. I also enjoy the learning process of assisting both individuals and departments and helping them be more effective in their jobs,”, Natalija said.
She also talked about the HR procedures of looking for prospective employees of LCC. First of all, the HR department looks at whether candidates have an education or work experience in the area that they apply to. Next, candidates need to understand the international diversity of LCC, its Christian values, and support the mission of LCC.
Moreover, it is a common practice for recruiters to check the digital footprint of the applicants. LCC HR Department also does random checks of the applicants on social media or Google search, but they pay more attention to the CV and the cover letter.
“CV is pretty descriptive. It’s your education, work experience, and skills. A cover letter connects you to the position itself, so you should adapt it to every job. Some parts of the cover letter may stay the same, but the main part of it should be closely related to the job description”, said Natalija.
It’s also advisable to follow the people from the organization on LinkedIn to understand the company’s culture. The successful candidates usually come prepared; thus, think what questions on the interview might be asked and practice answers in advance. For example, if you have gaps in your CV, prepare responses on what you did during that time and how you invested this time in yourself.
Natalija stressed that before coming to the interview for your dream job, it’s advisable to sign up for random interviews to have a sense of the atmosphere and be prepared for any questions when the actual one comes.
“People have to highlight their best qualities when responding to the question ‘Why should we hire you?’ You want to show that you are passionate and committed for that specific position”, Natalija added.
During her presentation, Nataija shared four components of getting the sweet spot for your workplace that everyone can develop:
- Understanding of self - get to know what you’re actually passionate about, develop your skills by taking courses on learning platforms, and understand what values you have to align with at your future workplace.
- Opportunities - look for job posts on the Internet and university board, make use of your university years to get skills and experience by taking leadership positions.
- Goal-setting - take your CV and evaluate it against job position and the needed skills.
- Action - set up a LinkedIn account and make connections with people in a particular industry.
“University life is for students to seek opportunities for growth and experience, whether it’s a job or leadership service that LCC can offer. In the process of understanding yourself, you may never find out what you truly want to be, but you definitely will find out what you don’t want to be, and that will help you so much in the future career”, Natalija said.