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Improve Your Job Prospects in Five Easy Steps

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1. Check your resumé and application

Making sure that your resume and application are up to scratch is such an important step for you to take. Not only are spelling and grammatical errors a sign of sloppy workmanship, they can create an immediate ‘in the trash’ response. Mistakes aside, do these documents contain the most up-to-date and important information that they should? If your current job is a position that you held three years ago and you have moved on since this will not reflect well on you. Furthermore, have you tailored your application to the job you are hoping to land? If not, do so. The essential and desirable criteria that you are often given can act as a starting point.

A resume is the first opportunity that you get to show companies what a perfect fit you would be for their open position. It’s your chance to sell yourself, show off your skills and experience, and make a good impression.

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2. Improve your education

Learning is not just for young students. Anyone can set their mind to learning new things and improving their job prospects along with it. So, whether you are wondering how to get into Yale or what is the best way to improve a business’ social media account, there are actions you can take to achieve. If a degree in a certain subject is vital, finding the right college for you is a priority. For others, an online course in a desirable area will suffice. Showing a willingness to continued education at all ages is a big bonus for many employers.

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3. Research fully

Knowing exactly what role you are hoping to achieve is essential. Reading up on the industry can be helpful. Another way to find out more is by liaising with those currently in the role. The opportunity to shadow someone might be a way of seeing exactly what it entails as well as possibly getting your foot in the door. Doing voluntary work is helpful too.

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4. Focus

Bagging yourself a top job is not something that can be done half-heartedly. Focus is a must. Try to set aside a specific amount of time every week or even every day to allow yourself the best chance. Looking for the job you’d like to apply for can be a lengthy process not to mention the time it takes to perfect your application. Ensuring that you are dedicated to the task in hand is vital, so spend your time wisely and do yourself proud.

“According to an article on careerbuilder.com, Your social media posts might win over or make you lose friends, but according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, they could also have a big impact on prospective employers. Seventy percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates (on par with last year), while seven percent plan to start. And that review matters: Of those that do social research, 57 percent have found content that caused them not to hire candidates”.

5. Check your image

The image you portray is vital. You must come across as a professional in every way. For example, if you have public photographs on your social media accounts, do they give off the right message that an employer will be happy to see? If not, act now and rectify the situation. Furthermore, although the way you dress should not immediately discount you from a role, it is a factor for many people. If you are going for a top job that requires a certain level of care and attention, but you did not take the time to polish your shoes, this may count against you.

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