5 Steps To Being More EmployablePosted: 2nd of February 2015 by
While the job market is still working to get back to pre-recession levels, competition for jobs remains fierce. Whether you are looking for your first job or hoping to move to a new role, it is worth making yourself stand out from the crowd as a must-have employee. This may seem easier said than done, but with January receding into the past it is time to get serious about your employment goals for 2015.
While you may have relevant qualifications for the work you would like to do, you will be competing against many others with similar skills. So, what can you do to stand out from the crowd and make yourself more employable this year?
These five steps may help you to get that dream job in 2015.
1. Check Your Weaknesses
The first thing you need to do is work out your weaknesses. You can’t possibly improve if you don’t know what may be letting you down. Perhaps you have a fear of interviews? You may have all the skills you require but feel you are tripping yourself up at the final hurdle? Alternatively, you may need to update your skills for 2015 – maybe a training course could be in order to get yourself up to speed? Whatever your weaknesses are, you have to recognise them before you can address them.
2. Get on Social Media
Social media is changing how we interact with the world, so if you are not involved, chances are you are missing out and getting left behind. Businesses use social media to promote themselves, and so can you. Make sure you don’t post anything that you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see (chances are, they will check!), but instead post status updates that will show you in the best light. Show understanding of the job sector you want to work in and you may just get an extra boost on the competition.
3. Write a Blog
Rather than having to rely on social media to get your ideas across, you might want to consider writing a blog. That way you can spend more time promoting your thoughts and ideas, while using your social media accounts to promote the blog itself. A blog will show that you are a thoughtful and proactive person who lives and breathes their dreams. Make sure the content is relevant to your goals, sharable, and updated regularly. If you can’t maintain this it might be better not to write a blog at all – a poorly written or infrequently updated blog may do you more harm than good. However, if done well, your blog can show that you are a dedicated person who walks the walk rather than just talking a good game!
4. Work Experience
If you are struggling to land that dream job, you might need to get some more relevant work experience. Easier said than done if you are already tied down to a full-time job, volunteering is a great idea if you have the time to do so. It will not only show that you are willing and ready to work, but it may also open doors for you at the company who you volunteer to help out. Of course, if you are already tied to a full-time job, you may need to work smarter by looking for extra responsibility that ties in with your career goals. Could you perhaps opt to get involved in a special project, or maybe even get seconded to a different, more relevant, department?
5. Go It Alone
The final tip is to consider just starting out doing what you want. You may even consider starting your own business – perhaps with help from some talented, like-minded friends or family. Self-employment figures have been on the rise recently, as more people decide to go it alone and create their own lane, rather than waiting for a job to arrive. You may not end up with your own multi-million pound business, but you may just show your capabilities and impress an employer!
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