5 Ways to Make Yourself More Employable

5 Ways to Make Yourself More Employable
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    This is a tough job market for anyone.

    Whether you are currently unemployed or just unhappy in your current position, there aren't a ton of opportunities out there.

    However, that doesn't mean you're out of luck.

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We’ve put together a guide to help you become more employable and get an edge over the competition. All it takes is a little time and effort. Keep reading to learn more.

Expand Your Professional Network

Networking is incredibly important to build a potential resource pool of people who can help you get a job. Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Although having the right skills can certainly get you far, a referral and an introduction can give you a serious advantage.

So, how do you network exactly?

Start with the virtual world first. Build up your profile on LinkedIn. Pay special attention to your headline, your profile section, and your work history. Put up a professional headshot as your LinkedIn photo, rather than a casual selfie. Consider investing in LinkedIn Premium to find out where you might be a top candidate for a job.

Another good way to meet helpful people is by attending online job fairs. Many job fairs have moved to the virtual world because of the pandemic, so it’s crucial to be active and look for opportunities online.

Reaching out to professionals in the industry and asking to shadow is another way to meet people and learn more about a particular company or position.

Contact Recruiters Directly

Sometimes, the best way to get your foot in the door somewhere is by showing your enthusiasm from the get-go. Contacting a recruiter directly can help reflect your excitement and might help you be considered more seriously for a particular role.

Do Industry Research

Do you have all the skills you need to be successful in your chosen industry? Keep an eye on industry trend to learn more about what you need to know before getting started.

You might be surprised by how many free resources are available to you. YouTube and the internet at large can be full of helpful information on your specific industry interest.

Create a Great Resume and Cover Letter

A resume and cover letter are often an employer’s first initial contact with a candidate. If your resume and cover letter are riddled with spelling errors and mistakes, it won’t reflect well on you. So, make sure you give your resume and cover letter adequate attention.

You should tweak every application you send in so that it specifically answers to the role description. Using a universal resume and cover letter might allow you to apply to more jobs faster, but you might lose out on getting interviews if you don’t spend as much effort on them.

You can even hire a consultant to read through your resume and cover letter, who can offer suggestions or edits to make you a more competitive candidate.

Do Your Homework

Before you get to the interview stage for a particular company, it’s critical to do research about the company itself and be ready to answer lots of different questions. You should also be prepared to have an identity check, which companies use to verify your background.

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Companies might ask you questions about your computer skills, soft skills, and situation-based questions. You should practice answering common interview questions and be ready to answer traditional interview questions such as:

  • Why are you interested in this position?
  • What is your preferred salary?
  • What are some skills you bring to the table?
  • What’s your biggest weakness?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

Takeaways: Becoming More Employable

When you’re looking for a job, it can seem like an insurmountable challenge. Everyone might seem more competitive than you, more experience, or have better connections. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to tackle your job search and make yourself more employable.

First and foremost, you should focus on expanding your professional network. The right connection might just help you land a future job. It’s also crucial to continue to learn, be aware of industry trends, and practice interviewing.

Above all, it’s important to remain flexible and ready to take on the challenges of searching for a new position. At some points, you might feel discouraged, but continued persistence can lead to success and happiness. Happy job hunting!

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