Unemployment rates are dropping, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is good news for the American population. The 4.7% unemployment rate, however, is still representative of 7.4 million people — a big number by any standards. If you’re a fresh graduate or relatively new in the employment game, you’re probably concerned about contributing to that number.
The fact that you’re looking for a job, submitting your application, and getting interviews is a good start. You’re not the only one competing for a position in every company you visit, however, as there are many like you who need a job. The only way to compete with them is to invest in your own improvement. Here are some suggestions.
You’re more likely to stand out over someone else if the only obvious thing that separates you is your masters or doctorate degree. You’ve probably been on the opposite end of this situation. Invest in yourself by getting more education. If you can’t handle a post-graduate degree right now, try learning additional skills through vocational or associate education and on-the-job training.
Find and Be Found
Use portals like LinkedIn to get noticed by employers. A growing number of companies and HR practitioners turn to LinkedIn to find deserving candidates. Don’t forget to update your account with your latest achievements: a new degree, a seminar you attended, etc.
Just like you want to be found, you should not stop trying to find available jobs. Old school methods like checking the latest classifieds still work today. The news will also keep you informed, which is what many employers want from their people. Get a Standard Examiner Advantage subscription in Utah to get started.
Invest in at least a week’s worth of new work clothes — at least for now. The trick is to learn how to mix and match. When you learn to do this well, you’ll find yourself shopping for pieces that match your other clothes. Clothing matters when you’re applying for a job. It may not reflect how good or bad you are at work, but good clothing sense can help you get noticed.
There are many other ways to invest in yourself and make yourself more marketable. Keep looking for these ways and you’ll raise your chances of getting hired.