The good news is that unemployment rates are at one of the lowest in recent years. But having said that, there are still more people for every job that is being advertised. What does that mean for potential job seekers? In short, it means that it is a buyers’ market, and it can be harder for you to ‘sell’ yourself for the job. Which is why you need to make sure that you are one of the people that stands out from the crowd, so that you can get to interview and wow them with your skills, expertise, and experience.
Being employable can feel pretty subjective; some careers are going to have different requirements than others. But that being said, there are some standard things that employers do look for, and particular aspects that are going to help you to stand out. So here are some of those things that can help you to be more memorable, and help you to be more employable, and they work for job seekers, those looking for promotion, and those wanting to change career. Is there anything else that you would add to the list?
We live in such a fast paced world where people have short attention spans, and being ‘present’ and in the room can be difficult when you have plenty of other things to be looking at and sorting out. So looking to improve a personal skill like listening can help you to stand out from the crowd. Being able to listen to other people, and really listen, not just hear, is a tricky thing. But it is the basis for good relationships, and can mean good things in your career too. If you are already in a career, then showing that you listen and take things on board can be a great skill. It is a little harder at interview, but you can still demonstrate it when you are being interviewed.
With the internet and the technology that we have nowadays, it means that the chances can be quite high of working for an international business, and one that does business with other countries. So you are likely to encounter multi-cultural mingling with your regular workforce, as well as with clients; diversity is common in a modern workplace. For most people, this isn’t going to be an issue. But if you like to ‘joke’ around and use particular words at work, it isn’t going to help you to get the promotion that you want.
There is no getting away from the fact that some careers will need you to have particular qualifications. And if you don’t have them, well, you won’t get the job. But there are many others ways that you can increase the skills and education that you have, in order to get the job that you have. For instance, if you are living abroad but want to work over here, then it can be a good idea to look for a good IELTS exam teacher (International English Language Teaching System). Taking and passing something like that would be vital if you wanted to work abroad. Other examples can be things like first aid courses, safeguarding, IT skills, or even going back to school for something like a masters. It all depends on what you want to work in; so make sure that if you are spending money on education, that you are keeping it relevant to the role or career that you want to get into.
Know How To Learn
As well as formal qualifications and education, there are plenty of things that you will learn on the job and in the workplace. But you need to know how to learn, as well as the information that you are being given. When you’re in school you learn about a specific topic or something that helps you to pass a test. But in the workplace, it is all about adapting to what is going on, and knowing what to do with the information that you have. Knowing how to change things can come through analysis, but that can be a skill that some people need to learn. So be ready to learn when you’re at work, and that can be a good thing to demonstrate and talk about at interview. It shows that you can think on your feet and use your initiative.