If you are currently searching for work, then no doubt you will have discovered just how soul crushing it can be. Rejection letters are one thing, but half the time you’ll probably find you don’t hear anything back at all.
Of course this is nothing personal – in most cases the decision will be made based on factors outside of your control simply pertaining to how you look on paper. Your experience, your grades and even your demographic will all make you viable or not before anyone has even read anything.
If you want to improve your chances of getting employed then, you need to find ways to improve these statistics so that at first glance your CV looks like one that the company could employ. Here we will look at some of the top things you can do to make yourself more employable and make your CV stand out for all the right reasons.
Experience is one of the big things that employers are looking for, and grades alone unfortunately are not enough these days in a competitive job market. The problem of course is getting that experience in the first place when no one will give you a chance, so the solution is simply to volunteer or to at least look for very cheap work part time on top of your current job.
That said, grades and qualifications are important too, so if you can get any new qualifications added then this is worth looking into. It might mean a year out of work and a big investment, but in the long term it will pay off in dividends.
Gaps in your CV are something that you should avoid at every cost. While you might feel that certain jobs are below you if you have higher aspirations than working in a supermarket, they are better than nothing as temp jobs if you risk having a gap in your CV otherwise. Take any work you can find, and then look for better jobs while you’re working. If you have a gap, then look for a good way to explain it at least.
Being able to drive is a huge boon to many employers and a great way to make yourself more employable – even if the jobs you’re looking for aren’t directly related to driving. If you can’t already drive, then make sure you look into learning. And if you can, then make sure that you keep your driving record clean and avoid any incidents.
If you can speak a foreign language, then this is something else that will benefit a great number of employers. Of course it’s not a requirement for most employers, but if you can speak another language this is sure to count in your favour so it’s worth learning if you have the time and the inclination.
Likewise, it’s important to try and avoid any potential legal problems that could create a blight on an otherwise bright CV. While it may be too late to undo past misdeeds, certainly make sure that you avoid any future run-ins with the law.
This post was contributed by Samantha Brave from 4SafeDrivers.com. Samatha is a blogger and webmaster and likes writing articles covering various topics like driving, business tips and career advice.