Make yourself more employable in five easy steps
June 29, 2015
The job market today is a very scary place. We are all competing to be better, faster and more employable, posting our CVs on every available platform in the hopes of being noticed. So why aren’t you getting a response? You’ve read countless articles saying that LinkedIn is the sure-fire way to get yourself a job interview and yet, you’re still sleeping on your friend’s couch. Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at the contents of your CV.
You have a degree and some experience but that doesn’t seem to be enough to land you the job you want. Usually it would be but now you’re being eyeballed next to 50 other candidates who are just as qualified for the job…if not more. So what can you do to stand out?
#1 Read me up, Scotty
You can’t win an argument with someone who reads more than you do. Similarly, when you’re on the lookout for a new job, you’ll stand out if you have more knowledge on a certain subject than your counterparts. No matter how long you spent at university, you can always learn more about your field of interest. Take a short course and you’ll instantly become more employable. You’ll be amazed at how many doors open up for you.
#2 Be the best
This is similar to point #1, but worth a second mention. Be the best at what you do. Choose a field you’d like to specialise in, own your craft and ensure that you know more about it than anyone else. Read, research and stay up to date with all relevant news and literature. If you can market yourself as an expert, you’ll ensure that people come to you. The next time someone searches for a “Social Media Guru”, make sure it’s your name that pops up.
#3 Get more experience
Someone with 10 years’ experience can’t learn anything new, right? Wrong. More experience will always be better than less. If you’re new to the job market, look for internships or entry positions that will have you learning from the veterans. Even if the opportunity isn’t quite what you had in mind, chances are you will learn something and gain some valuable experience. If you’re an old dog with years under your belt, try something that’s a little out of your comfort zone. Perhaps a different perspective is all you need to land that promotion you’ve been waiting for.
#4 Learn a new skill
What about an online course in non-fiction story writing? Whether it’s scuba diving, restaurant management or crochet, try your hand at learning a new skill. It might be completely unrelated to your line of work but it shows that you have an aptitude for learning new things. It also shows that you like to invest your time in activities outside your working life.
Aside from giving you a healthy outlet to vent your frustrations, new skills and courses look impressive on your CV and can provide an excellent talking point during interviews. “Oh, you enjoy fly-fishing, I see. Margaret and I just love the outdoors…” Another advantage of a new skill is that it can be applied in your working life, more often than you may think.
#5 Stretch your IT fingers
There’s no escaping it. The future of business is online so it’s best to get to grips with it sooner rather than later. If you’re a technophobe, consider trying a short IT course to improve your skills. It will be a lot easier to land that new job if you aren’t terrified of techno mumbo jumbo.
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