Being employable is one of your greatest assets, so it’s well worth investing time and effort into enhancing your CV and making yourself as appealing to employers as possible. Whether you’re in the market for a new job or not, it’s always a good idea to undertake activities to make you more valuable as an employee. After all, the money lies in experience, so doing everything you can to get more experience could well result in a higher wage.
Here are a few ways you can make enhance your CV and make yourself more employable:
1. Knowledge is Power
The key to almost any job is to make the employer see your worth, and a lot of your professional worth will come from your qualifications. You don’t need to have a degree to get a job, but having some sort of specialised industry knowledge will help in most cases. In certain industries, you will need certifications to prove you’re safe for the job. This mostly applies in manual jobs such as construction where you might need a qualification to show you’re able to work safely on scaffolding, or that you’re trained to deal with asbestos.
In other industries, it might be worth thinking outside the box; what can you do that others might not be able to? Take an advanced course or a free course online to give yourself an edge. If you have a qualification to back up your claim of suitability for a role, you’re more likely to get through the door.
In terms of experience, you don’t necessarily need lots of it. If you’re into writing, set up a blog. Whilst it’s not paid employment, it’s a solid start and demonstrated commitment to the cause. You can learn things simply by doing them, you don’t always need to be taught about them. The more specialised your knowledge is, the higher chance of being employed you have. Not only this, you’re likely to be able to vie for a better wage, too.
2. Social Media Awareness
You’re not expected to be professional 100% of the time, but the very real reality is that most employers scope out your social media profiles before they even invite you for an interview. A good rule of thumb is to keep your LinkedIn open and corporate – think of it as your work social media. Your Twitter, Facebook and Instagram don’t have to be quite so rigid, but you should be prepared to deal with the fall out if a potential employer sees a steady stream of drunken or compromising photos splashed all over your profiles. If you don’t want them to see it, either don’t post it or lock your profiles down.
The same goes for the views you express. Many people have been caught out and even dismissed after content they’d posted on social media has been flagged to their employer. If a prospective employer is scrolling through your feed and sees something that is offensive or controversial, they definitely won’t invite you to an interview, let alone employ you. Keep it clean.
3. Refine Your CV
This is where most people fall down. If your CV is messy and poorly laid out, employers won’t look twice at it. Being concise is key. Don’t reel off all the work you’ve ever undertaken, stick to the stuff that’s relevant. Your first job as a waitress when you were a teenager probably won’t be relevant when you’ve been in the workforce for a few years and have had several jobs, specifically if you’ve held roles within your industry.
Your CV should never be more than two sides of A4 – anything more is too much. Your CV is designed to give prospective employers a professional snapshot of you. Key things to include are a short summary, your contact details, your most recent/relevant work experience and the duties you undertook within your roles, as well as your key qualifications and certifications. If you have space, you can include a few hobbies and interests, but don’t lie about them. Your interviewer might have common interests and attempt to make conversation, and if you don’t know what you’re talking about, this could prove to be quite awkward.
Whilst there’s no set way to getting hired, these three tips should help. Paired with good time keeping, a professional manner, a smart appearance and a conscientious attitude, you’re set to stand a good chance of being more employable than the next person.