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How To Improve Your Employment Chances

By Features Desk

Monday, March 11, 2019.

If you are currently looking for a job, you will naturally want to give yourself the best chance of standing out from the competition and securing the job that you have your sights set on. However, this is often a lot easier said than done, especially in today's current job market. It is likely that you will be competing against hundreds of applicants and so you need to make sure that you stand out for all of the right reasons. Here are the different ways in which  you can enhance your employability:

Take advantage of your network

One of the most important things you need to do when hunting for a job is to take advantage of your network. It is likely that you have built up a network even if you do not realise it. Firstly, you have all of the contacts that you have made through industry events and your past jobs. You also have friends and family members who may work in the same industry as you. If none of this is applicable, you still have all of the people that you have connected with via social media, especially on LinkedIn. With the advent of social media and all of the different online resources that are available today, everyone has a network even if you do not feel like you do. Taking advantage of this network can give you a great opportunity to get ahead of the game and make the most of the opportunities that are out there.

Set up your own website

Another thing that you can do to improve your chances of getting employed is to set up a website that displays your skills and gives potential employers a snapshot into what you have to offer. Designing a website today does not need to be expensive nor does it need to be time consuming. As this is simply going to be a professional portfolio website for yourself, you don't need to spend any money on a professional website designer. Instead, you can just use a free website builder, such as the ones that are reviewed here. You will easily be able to put together a professional looking website that shows off your credentials and contains a portfolio of the work that you have done so far.

It is also a good idea to add a blog to the website. The blog will give you the opportunity to improve the search engine optimisation of your website so that you have greater visibility. Not only this, but a blog will give you the platform to show off your skills and your knowledge, establishing yourself as an industry expert. This is something that will impress any potential employees who come to your blog.

Research the company

One of the biggest mistakes that potential employees make today is going to interviews unprepared. They have practised questions regarding their experience and the job role that they are applying for. However, they have not done any research into the company that they are applying to, and therefore, they act as if it could be any company. If you do this, you are going to struggle to stand out from the crowd and secure the job in question. This is because employers today are not only looking for people with the right skills set, but they are also looking for individuals are going to be the right fit culturally. They want someone who is going to be able to integrate into the environment with ease and they want someone that also has the same morals and ethos as the company does.

If you have not done your research about the company, it shows that you do not really care about getting that specific job and it also makes it impossible for you to market yourself in a manner that showcases that you are the right fit for the job.

Join an employment agency

Another approach that you can use to give yourself the best chance of getting the job is to join an employment agency. A lot of people think that employment agencies aren't worth the effort, and that they are too expensive. However, this could not be further from the truth. Employment agencies have so many resources at their disposal. This puts them in a great position in terms of being able to present you with the best jobs as well as giving you advice on the different areas you will need to improve on to give yourself a better chance of securing the vacancy.

There are also employment agencies that are suitable to various portions of society. For example, you can get employment agencies for working mothers, as well as disability employment services. These are specialists that will understand the unique position you find yourself in and will be able to give you the best chance of getting a job that is right for you.

Hopefully, these tips have given you some suggestions that you can use in order to increase your chances of being employed. If you follow the suggestions that have been provided, you can be certain that you will put yourself at the front of the pack.

How To Improve Your Employment Chances

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