Finding work can sometimes be difficult, the country has spent the last few years in economic recession leading to many finding themselves out of work. It’s not all doom and gloom though, because in spite of this, unemployment has dropped to 7.1% in the three months leading up to November 2013 and it is predicted to continue dropping in the years to come. This in turn may stimulate the economy and help our country get out of recession. In lieu of this, there has never been a better time to go out and seek work! What follows are a few tips on increasing your skills and employability, so have a read, and hopefully it will help:
- Take up a class- be it a night class or enrolling in a part time course at your local college or even through online learning, this can help you accumulate greater skills when you are out of work which will help flesh out a CV and can even be tailored towards certain professions if you have a career path in mind.
- Keep up with business and economic news- this may seem simple, but by knowing about how the economy is evolving and keeping up with current trends, you should be able to impress in interviews, while you will also be more prepared for when you do come into work.
- Volunteer- there are numerous benefits to volunteering, volunteering can help fight depression which can be common amongst the unemployed, this is through keeping busy and having a sense of achievement and satisfaction from the work they do.
It can also benefit you in more direct ways: many employers respect a candidate who has shown themselves prone to altruism. Additionally volunteer work can allow you to acquire a great number of new skills, these can range from communication and team working skills which you can get from working as part of a group of volunteers, but it also extends to qualifications.
Many volunteering programmes offer training in sports, expedition and leadership, The Army Cadet Force offers qualifications in professional skills such as PR and New Media, which are great if you are seeking this kind of profession. The office environment can help you with your interpersonal skills and there will be opportunities to get involved in the running the organisation which you can shout about in your CV.
If you take this advice then the next thing to do is to go out and seek work, create a CV and then look through jobs available. Hopefully these tips will have given you some new ways to flesh out your qualifications and help you show your potential employers how great a candidate you are. Just remember to keep trying and in the words of the great Winston Churchill “Never! Never! Never give up!” you will succeed!