Landing a good-paying job requires more than just skill or experience. How you position yourself among friends and family, in the online community, and at your current job can all influence whether or not you acquire a better-paying job in the future. Here are a few tips to help you get started positioning yourself as a viable candidate:
Create a successful start. Try finding a job that will allow you to use your natural skills or talent. Utilizing skills you already have may ensure you’ll like what you’re doing and help you evaluate the path needed to take toward a particular goal. Most likely you won’t end up with your dream job right away, so make sure you’re realistic with your expectations, understanding that this is the beginning of your journey.
Complete a LinkedIn profile. Not only complete one, keep up with it! It is the social media go-to for employers looking to hire job seekers. It allows you to showcase your knowledge and job history, as well as present other characteristics that make you marketable to employers.
Have your resume looked at by a professional. The industry is constantly changing, and your resume could be out of date depending on how long it’s been since you’ve written one. Pay a professional or seek guidance from a trusted friend to help you tailor your resume to specific jobs where you want to apply. You could miss out on landing a job by not having qualifications listed that certain companies in your industry are looking for.
Obtain a degree or certification. Although it’s not always the case, it has been well-documented that individuals who obtain a technical certificate or college degree will make more money during their career, and as a result, become exposed to more job opportunities.
Network! Network! Network! Not only is it a good idea to do formal job networking on sites such as Indeed.com and LinkedIn, but informal job networking is just as important. Talk to friends, family, neighbors, people in associations, even people you just meet about your goals and your professional future. Developing these contacts will help you generate information that could result in job leads. Informal networking is as easy as asking someone what their line of work is during a conversation and mentioning that you are looking for a job.
Have excellent written communication skills. One of the most valuable business skills you can obtain is being able to think analytically and articulate your thoughts in a clear, concise writing manner. No matter what job you’re in, you must be able to write well whether it’s to send emails or produce reports. Paying attention to using proper grammar is a small thing that makes a big difference, and believe us, employers will notice.
Be personable. Employers want to hire people that are bright, interesting, and exude confidence. They want you to work well with others, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. You’ll earn the respect of your co-workers and leadership for being genuine and relatable. Just remember to keep conversations professional; you don’t want any issues later on when you want to change positions or move up within the company.
When you’re ready to position yourself to get a good-paying job, The Jobs Partnership is here to help you with your resume, interview skills, and building a network. We aim to help people discover the path to the job they were made for. With our free 12-week career training program and a variety of resources and partnerships to assist you in your career journey, The Jobs Partnership can be the catalyst you need to get on the right path. Call us at 407-641-0755 or apply now for our no-cost Lifeworks training course.