The job market is more competitive than ever before. If you want to secure a role at a thriving company, you must stand out from the crowd of talented, skilled candidates.
While a degree and experience can hold you in good stead, it might not be enough to help you land your dream career.
To walk into a new position at a successful company in the near future, read the below guide to improving your employability in 2020.
Work on Your Tech Skills
Most modern companies expect their employees to have a good grasp of computers and various technologies. If you lack basic tech knowledge, you will be a less attractive candidate for a position, as you will likely need in-depth training for a role. Give yourself the best possible chance of landing a job by working on your technology skills as much as possible.
There is no excuse not to work on your computer skills, as there are many free online courses and local computer literacy classes available. You also could watch how-to tech videos or pick up tech magazines to learn about different methods, innovations, and insights.
Develop a Reputation
While the February 2020 report for job openings reported little movement, sadly millions of people lost their jobs in the months since the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, you can guarantee the job market will be filled with many people applying for the same roles, so competition is bound to be tough.
To convince an employer you are worth hiring, you should aim to develop a positive reputation in your field. For example, you could publish a blog to showcase your industry knowledge, ideas, and opinions. It could look impressive on your resume or could grab the attention of a potential employer.
You also could build a positive reputation online by:
- Getting published on a respected industry publication
- Making informative, high-quality “how-to” videos for YouTube
- Launching an industry podcast
- Posting insightful articles on LinkedIn
If you can establish yourself as an expert in your field, an employer might be eager to snap you up over hiring another applicant. So, take the time to build a positive name for yourself online. It could transform your career.
Start Networking in Your Industry
Networking could open multiple doors for you throughout the years. One day you could potentially leverage these strong professional relationships to secure a new client or receive a job offer.
To build a strong professional network, you can:
- Get involved in one or more charitable organizations
- Develop a presence on social media networks such as LinkedIn and Twitter
- Attend career fairs and industry events
- Cold call or email people in your industry to ask for advice
Remember, many professionals are often happy to provide advice or tips on how to break into a market as they will be flattered you chose them for help. So, don’t be afraid to reach out to people across your industry to improve your employ-ability.