Whether you’re just starting out in the world of work or considering a career change, securing the job you want is never easy. With fierce competition for every vacancy that comes up, you need to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to stand out from the crowd and portray yourself in the best possible way. If you’re applying for jobs and hearing nothing back, instead of admitting defeat or continuing what you’re doing and hoping for the best- here are a few things to try.
One of the best ways you can improve your job prospects is by getting educated- or doing some more education. You don’t even have to go back to college or university these days, you can study online from home in a flexible way. This means you can study around your current full time job which is useful if you can’t afford to simply give up work and become a student. You can gain all kinds of qualifications in just about every subject imaginable, so work out what would give you the best advantage in the area you want to work in. Some jobs will require you to have a certain level of education just to apply, so by getting your diploma, degree or other certification you broaden your career horizons. In other cases, being more educated will help you to stand out from other candidates and give you a better chance of being hired.
Along with qualifications, one of the things that employers place the most importance on is experience. This can be a bit of a catch 22 situation however, because you can’t get hired without experience, and you can’t gain experience without being hired. There is a way round this however, and that’s with voluntary work. Voluntary positions are often available with places like charities, hospitals, prisons, courts, police, animal shelters and much more. Enquire into a place that’s linked in some way to the career you want to do. Even an hour a week looks good on your CV, and shows employers that you’re serious about getting the job you want. That you’ve been proactive and gone out of your way to gain this experience without money being a motivator
Get Your Resume Up to Scratch
Your resume is your representation to employers of how you will be as an employee. When job vacancies become available, they scour through hundreds, sometimes even thousands of these to find the right candidate. So it’s important that yours is up to scratch, and shows off your skills and experience in the best possible way. You could read a guide on making a resume objective, or even pay a professional to rework your CV for you. Either way, when you send it out it needs to show you in the best possible light and help you to stand out from the crowd.
Do Some Training
Finally, there are lots of training days, networking events and other things that are held often for all sectors and industries. While you will need to pay for these yourself, they could give you some great advice and improve your skills and also look good on your CV. Again, it shows employers that you’ve taken the time out to get to where you want to be with your career.