5 WAYS TO MAKE YOURSELF (MORE) EMPLOYABLE
Whether you are working for an IT/ITeS company or a manufacturing firm, do you always feel that there are more applicants and less number of jobs-Welcome to the real world!The result of this is that employers can afford to be really picky. They're looking for qualified applicants who bring more to the table. Why can't that be you? I recommend the following 5 ways to make yourself more employable:
1. Further your education
Remember the final habit in Steven Covey’s book “7 habits of highly effective people”-It says “sharpen the saw”. When you take it in the professional sense, it means continuously improve and upgrade your skills. And what better method to do that than furthering your education and constantly renewing and upgrading your skill sets?
Just because you're no longer in school doesn't mean the classroom is off-limits. Plenty of universities offer classes for adults, often in the evening or weekends so you can attend around your job schedule. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are another convenient option to learn new stuff.
2. Get Social
You may not be a computer fanatic or a big fan of social media, but if you want to become more employable, you've got to improve your online presence. Many companies have recruiters that scour sites like LinkedIn looking for qualified applicants. Use social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to follow the companies you’re interested in, and keep up to date with new developments in your industry. And don’t be afraid to follow up with companies even if you’re rejected or don’t make it to the first round ofinterviews - this will help them remember you should a suitable position become available
The only caveatis to ensure that your social media profiles aren't losing you jobs! Employers are researching your online life to make sure you're a good fit for the company before they extend an offer. Drunken or controversial posts, a combative attitude, and other unsavory and unprofessional additions will only work against you.
3. Learn a new Language
The world is a multilingual place so knowing how to speak two languages can make you twice as useful as the other people applying for the job. This is especially useful in multinational companies like Genpact because it opens a lot of avenues for you since they have operations in multiple countries with different languages and cultures. And my experience says that this can be a great differentiator on your CV because not many people invest their time in learning a new language. So in a world where there is more demand and less supply, do you know who gains!?
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4. Have a positive attitude and be flexible
When you are looking out for a change, don’t get disheartened. If you feel negative or discouraged, you can bring this attitude into every interview. Don't think employers won't notice your lack of confidence. This will show in your demeanor and in the way you answer questions. If the employer has to choose between someone who's excited and confident over someone who lacks self-confidence, they're going to go with the former. Fake it until you make it, as they say!
5. Have a Killer CVLast but not the least, your CV is your brand! Remember, no one knows you personally- they know your through your CV which means besides getting noticed amongst other truckloads of CVs, it also needs to have stuff that radiates your brand value proposition on what you bring to the table and why are you and only you the best fit for the job.
Cookie-Cutterresumes have stopped working nowadays. When crafting your resume and coverletter, focus on skills that are a good match for each specific position.
Also have a look at some innovative CVs in the market. Now people have audio-visual CVs, CV swith visuals and recommendations of projects that you have done and what not!
Take a fresh look at your CV, is it screaming out how amazing you are? Or does it look a little outdated? Take this time out to go through your CV thoroughly and ensure that it oversells you rather than the other way round!
These were the top thoughts that came to my mind while I think of making myself more employable. If there are any other things you want to add, drop in the comments!
While I havewritten my earlier blog on some of my not-so-great bosses (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-things-great-bosses-never-door-lousy-ones-would-ankur-kochhar), I wanted toround it up with writing about some of the great bosses I have had. View more
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sadly it doesn't come with a belt but I bought a few to give sense to my role :) (fyi, Lean Six Sigma is a Japanese methodology taking inspiration from Karate)rnrnanyway, with a bit of dedication, being in the right place & very little luck I'm sure everyone could achieve this! all the best!
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