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When it comes to job hunting, job applicants must have the right skills and knowledge to get ahead of the competition. In addition, employers want people who are ambitious and highly motivated. Here are three ways to increase your job marketability and get noticed during your job search.
Enhance Your Resume
Employers have to hire according to official job qualifications, so an impressive resume is the best way to demonstrate academic excellence, personal initiative, leadership experience, and career dedication. The key is to present comprehensive credentials that indicate an exceptionally qualified hire. For those with limited employment experience, consider using classroom projects and extracurricular activities to demonstrate competency and knowledge.
For example, leadership capacity can be illustrated through participation in sports and debate teams, while job experience can be bolstered through internships or volunteer work with well-respected organizations. Finally, ask an experienced friend with business experience to review your resume and find weaknesses and opportunities for improvement.
Industry Standard Certification Programs
Certain industries expect job candidates to obtain basic certifications. Professional certifications inform employers that job candidates are qualified to perform their duties and tasks. They also help candidates stand out from the competition. For instance, those who want to work as an IT tech, software engineer, or network administrator could become a Microsoft Certified Professional. Similar certifications are available for IBM, Apple, and Cisco.
There are also certifications for accountants such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and for human resource professionals, like the Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Almost all health care positions have various certification requirements as well. An X-ray technician might need a radiation technology degree while a medical assistant would need a MA certification or degree.
Return to School
Returning or starting school is the best way to improve your employment prospects. Most job positions have hundreds of applications, so a degree is a definite advantage. Working adults can attend school through distance education online or part time on-campus programs. When choosing an online school, verify the accreditation and make sure your target industry accepts online degrees.
Certain industries like IT and manufacturing have lax standards regarding formal education, but others, such as health care, have strict education requirements. This is due to federal regulations and state licensure requirements. Be aware of what is expected in your industry and the best degrees and education needed to stand out from the crowd.
In order to secure gainful employment, job seekers must polish their resumes and improve their knowledge and skills. Finding a job is a challenge, but you can achieve it through persistence and hard work.