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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?”

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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

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Last Updated on June 26, 2019

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

10 Things You Should Do If You’re Unemployed

Regardless of your background, times today are tough. Uneven economies around the world have made it incredibly difficult for many people to find work.

Regardless of age and qualification, stretches of unemployment have affected us all in recent years. While we might not be able to control being unemployed, we can control how we react to it.

Despite difficult conditions, there are many ways to grow and stay hopeful. Whether you’re looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, these 10 endeavors will keep you busy and productive. Plus, some may even help push your resume to the top of the next pile.

Here’re 10 things you should do when you’re unemployed:

1. Keep a Schedule

It’s fine to take a few days after you’re finished at work to relax, but try not to get too comfortable.

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As welcoming as permanently moving into your sweatpants may seem, keeping a schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. While unemployed, if you continue to start your day early, you are more likely to get more done. Also, keeping up with day to day tasks makes you less likely to grow depressed or inactive.

2. Join a Temp Agency

One of the easiest ways to bridge the gap between jobs is to find temporary work, or work with a temp agency. While many unemployed people job hunt religiously, rememberer to include temp agencies in the search.

While not a permanent solution, you will be in a better position financially while you search for something permanent.

3. Work Online

Another great option if you’re unemployed is online work. Many different sites offer a variety of ways to make money online, but make sure the site you’re working for is reputable.

Micro job sites such as fiverr, as well as sites that pay for you to take surveys, are all quick, legitimate options. While these sites sometimes offer lower pay, it’s always better to move forward slowly than not at all.

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4. Get Organized

Unemployment is an excellent opportunity to get organized. Embark on some spring cleaning, go through old boxes, and get rid of the things you don’t need. Streamlining your life will help you dive head first into the next chapter, plus it helps you feel like your unemployed time is spent productively.

5. Exercise

Much like organizing your life, another good way to keep yourself enthusiastic and healthy is to exercise. It doesn’t take much to get slightly more active, and exercise can help you stay positive. Even a walk around the block a few times a week can do a lot for keeping you motivated and determined. If you take care of yourself, you can make the most of this extra time.

6. Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to use extra time when you’re unemployed. Additionally, if you volunteer in an area related to your job qualifications, you can often include the experience on your resume.

Not only that, doing good is a true mood booster and is sure to help you stay optimistic while looking for your next job.

7. Increase Your Skills

Looking for ways to increase your job skills while unemployed is a good way to move forward as well. Look for certifications or training you could take, especially those offered for free.

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You can qualify more for even entry level positions with extra training in your line of work, and many cities or states offer job skills training. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills may make your job hunt easier.

8. Treat Yourself

Unemployment can be trying and tiring, so don’t forget to treat yourself occasionally. Take a reasonable amount of time off from your weekly job hunt to recharge and rest up. Letting yourself rest will maximize your productivity during the hours you job search.

Even if you don’t have extra money for entertainment, a walk or visit to the park can do wonders to help you go back and attack your job hunt.

9. See What You Can Sell

Another good way to bridge the gap between jobs is to sell unused possessions. eBay and Amazon are both secure sites, but traditional garage sales are a fine option too. Sell off a few video games, or some electronics, for some quick and easy cash while you figure out a permanent solution.

10. Take a Course

Much like training and certifications, taking a class can be a good way to keep yourself sharp while unemployed. Especially when you’re between jobs, it can be easy to forget this option, as most courses cost money. Don’t forget the mass of free educational tools online.

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Keeping your brain sharp can help you stay focused and may even help you learn some new, relevant job skills.

The Bottom Line

While unemployment numbers are still high, there are many things you can do to better yourself and move forward. While new skills to aid your job hung might seem out of reach, there are plenty of free ways to get ahead, online and off.

Additionally, don’t forget that taking time for yourself can do wonders for keeping you productive in your job hunt. While it is a challenge, don’t give up–being unemployed can offer you extra time to better yourself, and possibly grow more qualified to find work.

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