How To Be Employable: Three Tips

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How To Be Employable: Three Tips

Let’s face it, the job industry can be tough. With fewer positions available and more experienced applicants to compete with, a university degree alone doesn’t carry the cachet it once did. So how do you ensure that you stand out from the crowd? In a competitive market, you need to shine; you need to be the most desirable candidate available. Whether you’re going it alone or using the services of a local recruitment agency, these tips will help you become more employable and grow your career.

Keep Learning

Co-founder of Morgan and Banks, Shark Tank panellist, successful investor and HR guru Andrew Banks, believes curiosity and a willingness to learn are desirable qualities in an employee:

“Show that you’re constantly learning. I’m in my 60s and I still believe in lifelong learning.”

In other words, it all comes down attitude. Employers love to see a desire for growth, initiative, and constant improvement in candidates. If you have completed any short courses, on-the-job training, online courses or upskilled in any way, you should include it on your resume and mention it in the interview process. While experience and formal qualifications are important, what matters most is your work ethic, willingness to learn, and a stellar attitude.

Get Practical Experience

We know it can be difficult to get your foot in the door when it comes to paid employment. That’s why, to get that all important experience that so many employers desire, it can be a good idea to volunteer or seek out an unpaid internship. Look for local organisations who need help with a specific event or an ongoing weekly commitment. Donating your time to a good cause demonstrates you are willing to help others and are engaged in your local community. Alternatively, gaining hands-on, practical experience through an unpaid internship can be a great way to open employment doors. Not only, will you be able to add your new skills to your resume, but you will also meet people in your desired industry and if you do well, it may just turn into a permanent position.

Be Confident

If you’ve been job hunting for a long time without success, it’s understandable if you feel deflated. Multiple rejections can impact your self-confidence and lead to reticence. However, it is important to remember that even getting to the interview stage is an indication that you are on the right track. Learn from it and move on.

Another tip from Andrew Banks is to be self-aware. Know who you are, what you want and don’t be afraid to ask questions in an interview:

“In an interview, look someone in the eye and ask good questions”

Asking questions demonstrates confidence, self-awareness and that you have prepared for the interview – all positive attributes. And never give up. There’s a job out there for everyone, it can just take time to find it.

If you’ve been unsuccessful in your employment search, please contact On Line Recruitment today. As experts in the hiring process, we aim to find you a job in which you will thrive. Give us a call to find out how a recruitment agency can better help you land the job of your dreams.

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