Advertising
Advertising

12 Things You Should Do Now To Become More Hirable

12 Things You Should Do Now To Become More Hirable

We all want to be more hirable. Whether you’re brand new to the job market or you have an established career, being hirable is what it all comes down to at the end of the day. So next time you find yourself in search of a job, remember these 12 things that just might get you the job.

1. Clean up your online presence.

If it’s on the internet, your potential boss can find it. For some reason, people tend to think there’s no way anyone could find that one photo/post/tweet/comment. I’m here to tell you that they can find it, and they will. Remove any inappropriate photos or language from your social media sites. If there’s anything on your accounts that you’re unsure of, take it off anyway. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Create professional social media accounts.

Until recently, I had two Twitter accounts: one that was personal and one that was professional (I’ve since deleted the personal account). Consider creating a LinkedIn profile, which will help you create a professional presence online and network with others in your field.

Advertising

3. Look the part (and then some).

Interviews require you to do a lot of things: prove your knowledge, demonstrate your communication skills, wow your potential future boss. However, it’s also a test run for what you’ll look like at work. Make sure your outfit is appropriate for the line of work you’re applying to, and then take it up a notch. Interview outfits should always be slightly nicer than everyday office attire. It shows that you put thought and effort into preparing for the interview.

4. Know the company inside and out.

Never go into an interview knowing next to nothing about the company you’re applying to. If you’re in the dark, it will likely show to your interviewer, and it demonstrates that you don’t care very much about getting the job.

5. Create a standout resume.

Your resume should include all the major categories, education, work experience, leadership experience and contact information. However, it should also stand out in some way. I designed a logo using my initials, which I’ve put in the upper righthand corner of my resume. I know other people who have included photos on their resumes. Whatever makes you stand out from the other applicants is a good thing. So go the extra mile and create a clean, visually interesting resume.

Advertising

6. Understand the job.

Research the position well before you show up to the interview. Don’t apply for something you don’t know anything about, or worse, don’t care about at all. Your knowledge and interest will show in the interview.

7. Practice what you’re going to say.

Hold practice interviews to make sure you’re prepared when the big day comes. Whether you get a friend, family member, professional contact or career counselor to help you with mock interviews, make sure you do some practicing.

8. Update anything that needs it.

If you’ve got a certification that just expired, make sure you update it. The same goes for any rusty skills. Brushing up can help you land the job, especially since it shows that you cared enough about the job to go the extra mile.

Advertising

9. Say “Thank you.”

Interviewers respond positively to candidates who thank them for their time after an interview. Simply sending a thank you email can leave the interviewer with a positive, lasting impression of you.

10. Look in unexpected places.

If you’re not coming up with any job leads within your professional network, reach out to people in other networks as well. You might be surprised with how many opportunities there are if you’re willing to do a little more work.

11. Ask questions.

At most interviews, candidates are asked if they have any questions for the interviewer. It’s always good to have a few questions prepared. A good question would be, “What made you want to work for this company?” or “What is the company’s culture like?”

Advertising

12. Be humble.

You want to sell yourself, but you don’t want to come across as arrogant. Try to keep your self-congratulations to a minimum. It’s likely that your skills will speak for themselves.

Featured photo credit: Aidan Jones via flickr.com

More by this author

9 Ways To Be Less Clingy In Your Relationship Useful Chart: Fruits That You Can and Cannot Let Your Dog Eat Nomnomnom! 4 Flavourful Cake Frosting Recipes That You Cannot Miss! 10 Blow Your Mind Surprises You Can Hide In A Cake! 5 Budget Airlines To Consider When You Travel Within Europe

Trending in Work

15 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work 211 Things You Can Do To Increase Employee Productivity 319 Ways to Use Creative Thinking in the Workplace to Up Your Credibility 4How to Ace an Interview: 17 Things That Hiring Managers Look For 5How to Set Ambitious and Achievable Career Goals (With Examples)

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

1. Take breaks

First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

Advertising

Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

Advertising

For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

3. Put your work first

This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

Advertising

While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

5. Try to be happy and optimistic

If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

Advertising

If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

Take a look at more effective ways to stay positive at work:

15 Ways To Stay Positive At Work

Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

Read Next