Getting a job can be tough, depending on what you want to do, where you want to live and how much you want to earn. Maybe you’re fresh out of university or college, or lost your previous work for some reason. How do you get yourself on the market, and stand out from the rest? Don’t panic. There are lots of things you can do to make yourself more employable, to boost your attractiveness to companies. Let’s take a look at some of them.
What do you want to do?
Before starting your , you really need to pin down the basics of what kind of work you want to take up, where and the salary. You need to focus your hunt on the industry that you feel you’re best suited to. If you’ve worked elsewhere already, are you looking for a change? If so, how are you going to get the skills in place to net the job you’re after? Come up with a strategy. Think about where you’re going to look for work – online, in person, in the local newspaper? And be realistic in your expectations.
As well as having a good attitude, being a team player, and being committed to your work, employers also look for a range of other skills that qualify you for a job. This may be certain qualifications, or experience in particular areas of work. If you don’t have these, then think about how you gain them – whether it’s through taking some extra training or building up experience with a company or organisation.
Learn to drive
Do you need to be able to drive for the job you’re looking for? Have you got a licence? If you haven’t, this is likely to mean you’ll drop way down the list of candidates. So, if you’re thinking about getting a sales position, for example, it’s pretty clear that you’re probably going to need to be driving.
If you have the time, and the budget, then think about taking up lessons – and getting your licence as soon as possible. It’s a good skill to have for most jobs, and having a car will also help you get to and from work a lot more easily.
Maybe you already have a licence and want to become a truck driver? If so, look around for lessons to take your skills onto the bigger vehicles – and to qualify you to drive them. Employers will want to know that you have all the correct qualifications and paperwork in place. And you will also want to know that they are committed to your safety in their trucks. If you ever have an accident, think about getting an
Apply, apply, apply
When you’ve found some jobs to apply for, make sure you have a strong to send or upload. Does it reflect the education, skills and experience that you have? If it doesn’t, then you need to re-work it – so that any prospective employer is impressed by what you have to offer.
You need to highlight what is relevant to the job you are applying for. And, if you get through to the interview stage, you need to be elaborating on all those relevant skills, bringing them to life with real examples. Good luck!