In the job industry, ‘there are no jobs’ is a very common phrase among people who are unemployed. While this statement may be somehow true, owing to the high unemployment rate, there are job opportunities available. You just need to stand out by ensuring you package yourself in a way that gives you a competitive edge. Here are 4 ways to do just that;
1. Be Self-Aware
First, you need to be self-aware. This means that you know and understand your strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats as well. Focus on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. No one is good at everything but everybody is good at something. You should not be the proverbial Jack of all trades doing everything. Portraying yourself as someone who does everything is not good for you or your future growth in your particular industry. This paints a confusing picture both to potential employers. As such, you should identify your strengths and interests professionally then look for job opportunities that lie within that area. As a matter of fact, as of 2017 here has been an increase in the number of clients and employers looking for specialists instead of generalists.
2. Choose the Right Course
Secondly, you need to choose the right course. After doing your self-assessment and knowing what area of specialisation you want to go for, choose the right course to study. You should select a course that falls within your interests and strengths since it’s a plus when it comes to job searching. In addition, you should make sure that your course is marketable. It should be in line with the requirement of your career path. This means that you need to choose the right university as well. Some universities offer courses which are not accredited by the ministry of education which ends up messing the students. Therefore, choose to take your course at a university that is recognised and whose courses are accredited.
3. Network Network Network
We cannot overemphasise networking with other professionals. To position yourself for job opportunities, you should make connections with people in the industry and fellow job seekers. Sometimes you can just get referred instead of struggling to look for a job yourself. Meet with people in social groups and tell them what kind of job you are looking for. Get involved in online discussions that concern your industry as well. When an event comes up and you have a chance of meeting with potential employers or simply get referrals, make a point of attending. Lastly, make an online presence for yourself in jobs websites like Linked-In. You can also create an engaging social media presence as well.
4. Make a Good CV
A CV is your most trusted ambassador in your career journey. It showcases your skills, experience and qualifications to a potential employer. This means that it should fully represent you and that all important features should be present. To find out how to make a winning CV, read this article.
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