The job market is increasingly competitive and innovative, therefore knowing how to increase your employability is essential. Although it’s important to shine up your CV and keep an up-to-date profile and active presence on LinkedIn, this alone is not enough.
With the pandemic under control, gradual change to the new normal, and market movement of the great resignation, companies are transforming with new growth strategies – seeking qualified professionals to meet their new demands.
On that note, we have put together some important pieces of advice to help evolve your career plan. Here are our 8 tips on how to increase your employability.
Knowing who you are is not as easy as it sounds! It involves identifying your strengths and developing them, both personally and professionally. Self-knowledge will increase your self-confidence and make you aware of your strengths and potential gaps that you can fill in the market to either conquer a new space or maintain what you already have.
2) Lifelong learning
Employability requires that professionals have enough flexibility to acquire new skills, whether they are directly or indirectly linked to their profession. Lifelong learning is the name given to continuous learning and is an important way to constantly develop.
For a professional to have a promising trajectory, they need to be able to expand horizons, leave their comfort zone and adapt to changes as processes and ways of doing business evolve.
4) Being a protagonist
Gone are the days when people dedicated themselves for years to the same company and ended up being promoted just for their time in the company.
Nowadays, professionals must own their own story, working in places where the organizational culture is compatible with their beliefs, quality of life, and mental health.
Being a career protagonist involves having the ability to take initiative and work proactively, demonstrating growth potential throughout. As companies seek professionals who bring results, the ability to be a protagonist and bring solutions increases the individual’s employability.
Society has had to adapt to technological changes, and we are still learning, every day. Therefore, professionals need to master the processes and tools necessary to achieve their goals.
There are many ways for professionals to seek qualifications, whether in a structured or informal way, through both paid and free courses. At the end of the day, every experience counts and soon adds up.
6) Planning and management
Preparation is everything. There is no way for a professional to increase his employability overnight. It is a continuous process of planning, management, and execution.
When an individual prepares themself, throughout their life, their ability to see opportunities in adversities and solutions where others see problems increases considerably. Time management is needed so they can establish priorities and an efficient career plan.
7) Grow your professional network
Finding a job isn’t just about what you know, it’s also about ‘who’ you know. If there’s a particular industry or role you are interested in, begin to broaden your network by building connections both professionally and personally.
You can also join online groups dedicated to certain industries, participate in networking events, or attend presentations held by companies you might be interested in working for.
Even if you follow all the tips on how to increase your employability, you will need to be seen and found by the market. All other tips are relevant and important, but they’re useless if the professional does not know how to position themself effectively in the job market.
It is essential to master digital tools, and social networks, especially LinkedIn, in order to increase employability. To improve your presence:
- Follow organizations and professional bodies of interest to keep up-to-date with the latest news and developments.
- Like, comment, and interact with employers and peers.
- When posting, include relevant hashtags to ensure your posts are seen by the right people.
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