Whether you’re looking for a new job or you want to secure a career-boosting promotion, you’ll need to make sure you stand out from the crowd. The job market can be a cut-throat place, so showcasing your skills to potential employers is vital. However, recruitment specialists often look for specific traits and characteristics as well.
By knowing what employers look for, you can take advantage of every opportunity to show them just how good you are.
Of course, bragging about your skills at maximum volume isn’t going to endear you to anyone, but there are a variety of alternative ways to make yourself a more attractive employee…
Develop your soft skills
Your chosen career might require you to have an extensive array of technical abilities, but soft skills are required by every employer.
Whether you’re applying for a job as a Marketing Manager, a Sales Assistant or a Web Developer, potential employers will be assessing your soft skills, people managing skills, as well as your industry-specific talents.
Being a team player, resolving conflicts appropriately and effective problem resolution are all soft skills which will serve you well in the workplace.
Once you’ve got these down, it’s time to show them off. When you’re asked about how you work in a team or what conflicts you’ve faced in a job interview, be sure to tell your potential employer how you’ve used these skills to overcome issues in the workplace.
Be a social media pro
Social media is a great way to connect with friends and family, but employers are acutely aware of how you behave online.
Don’t let your social media profile hold you back from commercial success, so be wary about what you post. If it’s used in the right way, social media can enhance your employability, rather than hamper it, so why not use it to maximize your career opportunities?
Use a professional photo as your profile picture, post regular industry news and share insightful commentary to showcase your specialties.
When topical issues arise, social media is also a great way to connect with others in your industry, so look out for hot topics and breaking news and incorporate this into your social media activity.
Check your history
Before you’re offered a new role, an employer will carry out a background or CRB check and obtain references from previous employers.
If there’s anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to find out about, make sure you take steps to resolve it before you start applying for new roles.
A criminal record can obviously limit your chances of securing a new position, but there’s no need to let it have a negative impact forever.
Pardons and record suspensions are available for the vast majority of fines, charges, and convictions, and they’ll prevent any previous indiscretions from showing up on background checks.
If you’ve paid off any outstanding fines, completed a period of probation or served a sentence, you may be eligible to have your record wiped.
With the opportunity to reset your life and start afresh, pardons and record suspensions are effective ways of making yourself more attractive to employers.
Learn new skills
A good range of skills and specialisms will make you stand out from the crowd and grab the attention of any decent employer right now because the more you can do, the more value you will offer.
If you think there are skills you’re missing out on or you want to enhance your expertise, undertake the appropriate training now. With plenty of part-time and online courses available, you can develop your skills whilst in work and benefit from free or low-cost learning opportunities too.
Many employers are keen to help staff members who want to commit to further training, so check whether your existing employer has any in-house training opportunities which could help you to vary your skillset.
Join a professional association
Although membership of a professional association is mandatory for some job roles, the vast majority are voluntary. If you aren’t a member of a relevant professional organization yet, sign up as soon as you can.
Furthermore, try to take an active role in high profile professional associations where you can.
Whether it’s contributing to a quarterly newsletter, speaking at a symposium or helping to organize the next industry event, your participation will benefit the organization and add another string to your bow.
What’s more, you’ll have a head start when it comes to networking with other people in the industry, which could open doors and ensure you have access to a range of new opportunities.