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3 Little Changes To Make Yourself A More Attractive Candidate

6 December 2016 One Comment

canstockphoto22341737Although the unemployment rate is a lot healthier than it’s been in recent years, the future of the economy is always somewhat uncertain, and jobs for certain professions remain highly competitive. If you want to increase your chances of success in the modern job market, you need to take steps to make yourself more marketable and attractive as a candidate. Here are some of the best ways of going about this.

Working for Free

To a lot of readers, this might sound like a nightmarish proposition. However, taking a volunteer position somewhere can get you some valuable experience, and in the long run jobs which are currently closed off to you. Provided you don’t have bills to pay or you can cover them with some other financial recourse, then start looking for an internship or a totally unpaid volunteer position. Depending on the job you’re going for, getting this kind of work experience may seem like a daunting task. However, you’d be surprised at the companies that will take unpaid workers who make a good case. Polish your CV, reach out to some employers, make yourself memorable, and soon enough you’ll be all set for some valuable work experience. If you really impress your employer, this might even be a route to a paying position!

Getting a Certification

You may be reading this because you know your job prospects are fairly limited, but you hate the idea of going back into full-time education. This is a pretty common issue for a lot of people, and it may leave you feeling like you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place! However, there’s a middle ground which you may be interested in: taking a one-off certification program. While you need to be careful not to get looped into useless “Micky Mouse degrees”, there are a lot of highly respected certifications out there which you may have access to. From heavy vehicle driving courses like the ones from this CDL School to It qualifications like the ones from Microsoft Exam Replay, there are countless subjects and niches which you can study to make yourself a more attractive candidate. If you’ve already got full-time commitments, there are a lot of qualifications which you can complete in your spare time through the beauty of the internet.

Practice Interview Skills

There are countless candidates floating around the market who can certainly do the job they’re applying for, but can often fall short in the interview process. Whatever you think of interviews, (no one’s asking you to like them), polishing up your interview skills could be the one change that gets you the job of your dreams. Practice paying attention to interviewers, with an energetic, enthusiastic tone to your behavior. Go through the standard interview questions, along with ones that are more exclusive to your niche, and practice proactive, articulate answers to them. You should also do some research into the companies you’d want to work for in an ideal world. Demonstrating a little knowledge and enthusiasm can make all the difference.

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  • Nick Colakovic said:

    I totally agree that there are a lot of good resources and courses online that can help with acquiring more knowledge, wich eventually leads to better the chances when applying for a job. Good tip on this one!