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Employability: Smart Ways to Stand Out From The Crowd

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Looking to gain a promotion, change career or get back into the workforce?
With so much competition for jobs you need to stand out from the crowd. Here are some ways to do just that.

Upskill through study

You no longer need to go back to college or university full time to gain accredited qualifications, you can do it right from the comfort of your own home.

Even if you already have a degree or masters, further qualifications in related subjects help to broaden your knowledge and make you all the more employable. Have a think about what employers in your chosen sector want.

 

If you have a degree from over ten years ago, it’s not going to hold much weight unless you can show that you’ve used those skills or kept your knowledge current.

 

For example, if you’re looking to gain a job as a designer, qualifications in advanced Photoshop, photography and even marketing can help since these are all intertwined.

If you’re in a sector that’s particularly fast moving like science or technology, gaining further certification every couple of years helps to show employers that you’re up to date in your area. If, for example, you have a degree in a relevant subject but it was over ten years ago, it’s not going to hold that much weight unless you can show that you’ve used those skills or kept your knowledge current.

 

Write a blog

Although not for everyone, a blog looks impressive to employers. It shows them how you’ve been able to build up a site from nothing, and regular posting over a number of years shows that you’re consistent.

Your content can also show them that you’re knowledgeable in your field, and that you’re a proficient writer. Blogging also comes with its own skills that employers love – the ability to research quickly and efficiently, knowing how to write for an audience and use social media for promotion amongst other things.

 

Try to network with as many people in the sector as you can. Who knows what a quick coffee chat can lead to! 

 

Go on training courses

You can find training courses in just about everything these days, and they can be a fantastic way to improve your skills and experience and network with others. They’re not always cheap but can be incredibly useful, and seeing that you’ve attended these things off your own back shows an employer that you’re serious.

It could be something specific for your industry, or a course that would suit most working people like an emotional intelligence training course or health and safety. Sites like Courses.ie or NightCourses.com are good places to start. It could just be the defining factor to give you the edge over another, similar candidate.

 

Do some voluntary work

If you’re hoping to work in a brand new sector and have no experience at all, getting a foot in the door can be difficult. One way you can get around this is by doing some voluntary work.

If, for example, you want to work in the criminal justice sector, you could look for voluntary positions with the police, courts or probation. If you wanted to work in healthcare you could volunteer at a hospital or nursing home.

Be creative, and try to network with as many people in the sector as you can. Who knows what a quick coffee chat can lead to! 

 

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