Posted On November 10, 2016

We’ve pulled together a few tips to how to improve your employability.

The warm up

  1. Improve your skills and knowledge

Make sure you’re already building the skill development and employability you’ll need for the position you’re after — enrol in a relevant short course or qualification. For example, if you’re in a co-ordination role and want to become a project manager, a basic project management training course will help you ‘fill in the gaps’ in your current experience and grow in confidence. The new skills will improve your performance in your current role too.

If you’re looking to move up into a leadership or management role, a nationally recognised qualification like a Diploma in Leadership and Management is highly regarded.

  1. Stay abreast of industry news

It’s a good idea to know what’s shaping your industry or discipline and the future opportunities that are opening up. Subscribe to newsletters that cover your sector to be in the know.

  1. Not all vacancies are advertised

You’ve probably been told to look through popular job search engines to find a new role. Unfortunately, that’s not where all employers start. Hiring staff often ask around for a replacement within their employee networks and use LinkedIn to attract ‘quality’ applicants before posting on job sites.

To give yourself better exposure to these opportunities, it’s helpful to build an online presence on sites like LinkedIn. Ask around your network to find out if others know of any job openings too – you may find out about jobs that haven’t yet been advertised.

  1. Evaluate your physical presence

How do you come across in an interview? For a good idea of the impression you’re making, hold a mock interview with someone you’re comfortable with and evaluate your performance. You can even video it!

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself afterwards:

  • Did you display high levels of flexibility, energy and engagement?
  • Did you connect your past experiences, results and qualifications with the new role’s responsibilities?
  • Did you smile appropriately and use good body language?
  • What would you have done differently?

If interviews give you clammy palms, a racing heartbeat and a blank memory, some planning and practice can turn things around quickly for you.

Memorise your basic messages and rehearse till they roll off your tongue. They could include introducing yourself, your skills and competencies and reasons why you want the job.

In the interview, try to consciously focus on sharing with others rather than focusing solely on your performance.

If you want professional advice on how to come across well, why not take a presentation skills course. You’ll learn how to engage your audience, deal with nerves and present powerfully!

Acing the interview

  1. Dress to impress

Making a great first impression at the interview is very important and that goes for your appearance too. Make sure your clothes, accessories and grooming fits the role and company culture. If in doubt wear simple, smart corporate clothing like a suit. And a big smile!

  1. Apply relevance to keep the hiring team interested

Most employers have a clear goal and look for specific attributes in a new hire. If you’ve decided a role is for you, keep them interested by explaining why your qualities are highly relevant to them.

Rather than listing your qualifications and expertise to impress, explain how different elements of these have a practical close fit to the job requirements.

If you find the conversation becoming tough, you can reassure your interviewer that you’re flexible and can be molded to suit their needs. Back this up with past challenges, results, and solutions.

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Good luck!