5 tips for becoming more employable

By Remi.

Job-hunting and the application process itself can be very daunting and tiresome after many applications and unsuccessful outcomes. You may think you have done everything right such as getting your CV and covering letter checked, along with doing your research on the company but that is never enough.

To get a job in this current economic climate, you have to work harder, which can seem like a job in itself. You have to stand out by improving your employability.

Here are some ways to make yourself more employable:

1. Gain more work experience by finding other routes into the company or career of your choice. This can show how versatile you are at work and in your CV, particularly when transferring your skills and excelling in a non-related field. There is also a great chance that you may be offered a more permanent position at the company. Work experience through internships are key to employment and building up your work experience can bring you closer to getting your dream job.

i.            If you are interested in marketing, the Get Into Marketing website offers various routes to help you discover marketing, improve your employability, grant you access to useful resources, and keep you updated with news and events.

ii.            Working for an SME rather than a large company can help you end up with the career you desire. Research conducted by Iconnyx emphasises the potential job opportunities available within SMEs.

iii.            Make use of social media. A recent article I read, ‘Land your dream job by developing your social media presence’, is a very helpful guide and definitely worth a read! Stand out from the crowd and use social media to help you become more employable.

2. Further your education by undertaking postgraduate study.  It is extremely beneficial in giving you a competitive edge over other job applicants. You could also consider home learning as an alternative.

3. Research the professional body for the career you are interested in and become a member. For example, if you are interested in pursuing a marketing career, the professional body for marketing is The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and it offers various membership types; so do The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) which is the global body for professional accountants.

4. Practice plenty of online tests and prepare for assessment centres and interviews; this might seem like a given but it is very easy to think you’re ready, become over-confident and mess up.

5. There are many opportunities available to work abroad. Research by the Graduate Barometer shows that 50% of UK graduates are considering working abroad. ‘i-to-i’ offers courses and jobs teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) in other countries. There are also tips on how to survive abroad with a TEFL job, and advice on the cheapest countries for teaching English.

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