An Organized Approach to Applying for Jobs in the Public Sector - #careeradvice #career


  • Are you looking to get employed in jobs in the public sector, like government offices, state facilities, or school districts? 
  • Are you looking for some tips and advice on how to go about applying to increase your chances of landing a position?

If you answered yes to these questions, keep reading!

Public Sector Jobs

Public sector jobs are otherwise known as “government” jobs. These include:

  • School positions (teaching and non-teaching)
  • Emergency services
  • Park maintenance
  • Armed forces
  • Post office operations
  • Safety – police and fire
  • Regulatory agencies
  • City operations
  • Civil Service
  • Tax-related services
  • And more

If you have ever dealt with the IRS, Department of Motor Vehicles, the court system, Social Security Administration, the Sherriff’s Department, you have received services from someone who is working for the public sector.

Unlike the private sector, public sector jobs are not revenue-driven. They are funded by tax dollars. The jobs are for businesses that are owned or controlled by the government, whether it’s federal, state, or local.

Generally speaking, public sector jobs do not pay as well as private sector jobs. In other words, the salaries are lower. However, the benefits packages that they offer make it worthwhile to look for employment opportunities. Public sector jobs are also more stable. While profit-based companies are prone to closures and layoffs due to reduced revenues, public sector jobs are more stable because they are backed by the government.

To get into a position within local, city, state, or federal government facilities, there are certain things you must consider before applying. For example, it takes time to land a position. You might have to wait up to 3 months to hear back about a position you applied. Your application must meet the minimum qualifications for the job posted on the job description. If not, your application will be screened out. There are tests to take for almost every position to see if you meet minimum requirements. Also, background checks will be required for these positions. 

Applying for Jobs in the Public Sector: 8 Tips and Ideas 

  1. Ask yourself questions.

Here are some examples:

  • Am I getting enough satisfaction from my current job?
  • Is my job what I always wanted to do?
  • Am I living with purpose?
  • Am I unhappy with my body image?
  • Are my personal finances making me unhappy?
  • Am I upset with myself for not having obtained more education?
  • Would I be happier if I moved out of where I am currently living?
  • Is there someone I admire and wish to emulate?
  • For those whom I look up to, what do they have that I want to have?

Take time to truly understand what aspects of your life you want to change to be happier, and more content. This process might take a few months. However, do not keep questioning and questioning yourself without your questions leading to any solutions. Be decisive and take charge of your life to make improvements!

An Organized Approach to Getting a Job in the Public Sector

To increase your chances of success with landing a job in the public sector, keep these ideas and tips in mind. Remember, you will increase your chances of finding employment if you are organized, thorough, consistent, and efficient with the process!

  1. Look for jobs in 1 to 3 search engines consistently.

Mark your calendar to visit these sites every 3 days to search for new opportunities that get posted. This is how you will build consistency. Write down your usernames and passwords for easy access.

  1. Apply for jobs for which you meet minimum requirements. 

Many institutions, both in the public and private sector, use software programs that scan applications and resumes automatically to screen out those who do not meet minimum requirements. If a position asks for 5 years of driving experience, for example, you must actually write that in your application or resume. If you do not, you’ll be screened out. Be as organized as possible when it comes to meeting the minimum job requirements to increase your chances of being selected for the next step in the process.

  1. While you are applying, start preparing for the next steps.

Once you submit an application, you are waiting to receive a call or an email telling you that you need to take a test or have an interview. Be as proactive as possible. Start preparing for interviews. This is especially important if you have not interviewed for a while. Search for types of interview questions they might ask and get ready with possible answers. The more you practice, the better you will become!

  1. Work on self-development to increase your chances of landing a position.

Self-development means increasing your skillset or education. For example, if the job you want asks for a bachelor’s degree, go back to finish your degree. If it asks you to know graphic design, take classes at the community college where you can earn a certificate. Remember, the more you have compared to everyone else who is trying to apply for the same job, the higher your chances will be of getting employment.

  1. Monitor your progress with each application.

Have a tracking system to know how many jobs you have applied for each week, how many interviews, and how many tests you have been invited to take. 

  1. Have someone look at your resume and printed application for possible mistakes and errors. 

If you are one of 50 people who has applied for a job and only 10 are being called for an interview, your application and resume will be looked at in detail. If you have spelling and punctuation errors that you overlooked or did not realize you made, your chances of being screened out will be higher. For example, if you wrote, “I insure that reports are correct before submitting them,” is wrong. The proper phrase should be, “I ensure that reports are correct before submitting them.” Many people make these types of mistakes unknowingly. Have someone who has strong language skills look at your resume and application for possible errors. 

  1. Get your references and letters of recommendation in place.

Depending on the job for which you are applying, you might be asked to provide references and letters of recommendation. Collect up to 3 letters of recommendation from people you have worked with, even on a volunteer basis. Also, contact 3 people with whom you have worked to make sure they know you are putting them down on your applications as references. 

  1. Research three to five sites each week to improve your job-seeking skills and knowledge.

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Searching for a job in the public sector could be time-consuming and cumbersome. Use an organized approach when applying to become more efficient and consistent with the process. Here is a checklist you can use:

One: Look for jobs in 1 to 3 search engines consistently each week. Two: For each job, look at the minimum requirements to make sure you have stated in your application you meet them. Three: Take 1 class or work on 1 new project every 3 to 6 months to improve your skill set and knowledge base. Four: Each week, practice answering interview questions with yourself or with a partner. Five: Monitor your progress with each application. Six: Have one to three people look at your resume and printed application for possible mistakes and errors. Seven: Research three to five sites each week to improve your job-seeking skills and knowledge. Eight: Get 3 references and 3 letters of recommendation ready.

The same checklist appears on and has a downloadable PDF.

Remember, it takes time and do not give up. Just get better and better at the process. Work on your areas of where you need to improve. Also, keep in mind that if you do not get positions after you interview, it may be that someone from within the organization got promoted. This can be disheartening to you as an outside applicant but again, do not give up. There will be an opportunity presenting itself to you when the time comes!

Author’s Bio

Ruzanna Hernandez

Ruzanna Hernandez, Ed.D. is a public-school administrator, author, and small business owner.  She is the creator of, a website that provides steps, strategies, tips, and techniques for living every aspect of life in an organized and efficient manner to achieve more.

Hernandez has achieved many challenging goals in her life, thanks to her systems and processes. She shares her strategies on her Youtube channel and her website to help everyone live life fully and without regrets! To learn more about her story, please visit Her book, Efficiency and Organization, is available for purchase on Amazon and other book retailers.

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5 In-Demand Careers For 2021 - #getajob, #jobsearch, #career, #careeradvice

Some jobs are always in-demand, while others go through periods where lots of people are hiring all at once. Usually, you have to look at the general trends and things happening in the world to understand which jobs are trending. Right now, we’re in the middle of the most bizarre and life-changing event since WW2. As a result, the demand for certain jobs and careers has gone up far higher than anyone expected. Additionally, the amount of people losing jobs in other lines of work has also gone up. This creates a situation where you’re out of work, looking for a new job. Consequently, these careers could be the perfect place to begin your search:

Nursing Jobs

All types of nursing jobs have increased in their demand over the last year or so. It’s obvious to understand why – a global pandemic has increased the strain on the already heavily worked healthcare industry. Hospitals, and other healthcare settings, are understaffed and overfilled. Thus, the demand for extra help has risen through the sky, increasing the need for qualified nurses of certified nursing assistants (CNA). If anything, the job of a CNA is more in-demand than most. As you can see on, there are probably plenty of training providers in your area offering you classes to pass the CNA exam. This is a much simpler way of gaining qualifications when compared to other nursing jobs. Thus, more people can feasibly become CNAs, and hospitals are hiring like crazy. 

Tech Expert Jobs

If you’re blessed with a wealth of tech knowledge, you’re almost guaranteed to find a job somewhere. Tech expert jobs have always been in high-demand, but this has grown even stronger over the last year. As more companies move to work-from-home, the demand for innovative technologies has increased. Business owners need people to help create interconnected cloud systems that keep their organizations online. They require assistance in ensuring that everyone can work-from-home, while still being connected. Consequently, if you’re an expert in the tech field, there will be lots of businesses seeking out your employment. You can help them manage the uncertain waters of remote working, keeping their company afloat.

Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor Jobs

Thanks to coronavirus, people have started to realize the incredible benefits of exercise. Numerous reports have shown that fit people have less chance of catching the virus than unfit ones. Similarly, the public recognizes that you actually have a better chance of fighting off all diseases when you’re fit and healthy! Not only that, but the idea of exercising for your mental health has also become a huge thing. People have used exercise as a release during the numerous lockdowns. Therefore, with more individuals interested in getting fit, the demand for fitness instructors or personal trainers is rising. People need experts to guide them and develop programs that benefit their health and help them achieve fitness goals. Online training is already a big thing, but 1-to-1 personal training could well rise exponentially when lockdown restrictions are lifted. Thus, this is a job that’s well worth looking into right now!

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Delivery Driver Jobs

2020 may have been the year that changed people’s attitudes to shopping forever. Online retail has always been on the rise, but we also saw increases in people ordering groceries and food online. It reached a point where many grocery stores couldn’t keep up with the demand for home deliveries, having slots booked up for weeks in advance. Couple this with the ever-increasing popularity of online retail, and you have a world where consumers are buying loads of things online, but there aren’t enough people to deliver them promptly. So, demand for delivery driver jobs is higher than ever before. It’s not just online retail or grocery shopping, but also instant deliveries – like Deliveroo and UberEats. Ergo, you won’t be short on work with a job like this. 

Customer Service Jobs

What does an increase in online shopping mean for the world of customer services? That’s right; increased demand for customer service operators. In a world with loads of online transactions and deliveries flying about, you’re bound to have more queries from customers. People will want to know where their order is, when it will arrive, and provide any complaints when it does get to them. So, companies around the world are hiring more customer service agents than ever before. It could be to answer phones or respond via emails/direct messages. Either way, these jobs are definitely in demand. 

Some of these jobs are more like stepping-stone careers to fill a gap as you search for work. Others are full-blown career paths that you could choose to go down. Either way, all of the jobs mentioned are highly demandable in 2021 and beyond.

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It can be frustrating when you apply for a job, attend an interview, and later find out that you haven’t been offered the position.

In some cases, it might simply be because you have been unlucky. You may have been a good candidate, but somebody else may have beaten you to the job for fairly insignificant reasons. On the other hand, there may be some very good reasons why you didn’t get the job offer, and we will explore two of these below.

1 – A Bad Interview

Not many people enjoy the interview process. It can be nerve-wracking, especially when you’re faced with more than one person at the interview table. Thankfully, most employers understand how nervous their candidates might be, and they will excuse the occasional slipup.

However, there are some job interview mistakes you will want to avoid. For one, you don’t want to turn up late, as that will create a very bad first impression. You don’t want to lie, come across as being arrogant, or appear unprepared for the interview either. Bad-mouthing other candidates is another no-no, so even if you know some of the other people applying for the job, don’t start to put them down in an effort to make yourself look better. 

To improve your chances of success, follow our tips on acing your job interview. By adhering to the advice given, you may turn the tide in your favor.

2 – A Criminal Record

Sorry to say it, but having a criminal record can reduce your chances of getting a job. If you are better than the other candidates, you might still be in for a chance. But if the choice is between yourself and somebody with the same skills and qualifications as you, it might be that you get overlooked. It sucks, we know, especially if your offending days are behind you.

Still, all isn’t lost, so don’t lose hope. 

If criminal charges were later dismissed or acquitted in court, but you still have a criminal record, you can consider expunction, the legal process wherein the records of your criminal offense will be destroyed. 

If your criminal record is valid, you need to remember that you don’t always need to disclose it, unless you are asked. This is true on both your application form and at the interview stage. If you are asked, don’t lie about it. Be honest, but demonstrate to the employer how you have redeemed yourself in the meantime, perhaps with a reference from somebody who knows you well. 

You should also choose the jobs you apply for carefully. There are some jobs that you will struggle to get if your offense was related to the work involved. Applying for retail work after gaining a conviction for stealing money, for example, will obviously put you under suspicion. So, apply for those jobs where you might stand a better chance.

There is more advice here that might prove useful to you. 

3 – Something Else Entirely

We have covered two reasons why you might not get a job offer, but there could be others. To improve your chances, check out the other articles on our website. We have lots of advice available, and we can offer career coaching too. So, don’t lose hope! You will find work eventually, even though it might sometimes seem impossible.

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If you’re going to clinch that dream job of yours, it’s vital that you’re taking the right steps to ensure you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. There are many ways of doing that, and that’s what we’re going to be exploring and delving into today. Read on now to find out more about what you should be doing to present yourself well and make yourself a more appealing prospect to employers.

Work on Your First Impressions

First of all, you need to work on the first impressions you deliver. If you’re going to secure future jobs, you need to be able to impress the right people. It’s always difficult to make yourself stand out for good reasons but it’s very easy to ruin your first impressions and stick in people’s minds for all the wrong reasons. 

Present Yourself as a Safe Bet

Presenting yourself as the kind of person that an employer can rely on will always take you a long way when it comes to securing work. People don’t like taking risks, especially not during the hiring process. If you want to give yourself the best possible chance of getting the job, show that you’re a safe bet and that you’re going to be someone they can trust.

Take Additional Courses in Your Free Time

Taking things like first aid courses or courses that allow you to build on skills that are relevant to your niche will really help you to stand out. Of course, the skills in themselves are important and the concrete evidence of them that you can add to your resume are important too. But it also shows a desire to better yourself and to improve, and that’s the most impactful aspect of taking courses in your free time.

Show Your Understanding of Social Media

These days, online skills are vitally important. You’ll be much more appealing to employers if everyone can see that you know what you’re doing on social media. It’ll mean you’re an asset to the team and will be able to offer your input when it comes to presenting the business well online. It might be something you’re already good at, so don’t be afraid to mention it.

Provide Great References

If you can provide great references, it’ll help your potential future employer see that you can be trusted. Securing glowing references from the people you work for is never as easy as you think. And it’s pretty easy to spot a reference that’s been written out of obligation from one that shows genuine enthusiasm for the person being written about.

It’s not an easy time to be job hunting, and that only makes it even more important that you’re doing all you can do to ensure you stand out from the crowd. The steps we’ve discussed here will allow you to make sure you’re as appealing as you can be to any and every employer out there.

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While soft skills like problem solving and time management can help you get a job, it’s often the hard skills that really capture the attention of employers. These are more practical skills rather than personal traits and as a result they are more quantifiable. Many can even be backed up with certification. Such skills don’t always have to be complex and may be fairly easy to obtain. In fact, you may possess several of these skills already. Here are just a few examples.

1. Driving

Driving can be a valuable skill when applying for jobs. In fact, it’s believed 30% of all jobs out there require some form of driving ability. Even if you’re applying for a job that doesn’t require you to drive, it could still be a useful bonus when commuting—rather than being limited locally or having to take public transport, you may be able to consider areas you wouldn’t otherwise consider. It’s worth getting your license for, even if you have no desire to drive in your free time.

2. Digital Skills

‘Digital skills’ is a bit of a blanket term for any skills involving a computer and could include something as basic as being able to use Microsoft Word to something as complex as being able to code in Java. Many digital skills can be self-taught, but you may find it beneficial to get some form of certification to prove your knowledge such as taking the 300-115 Cisco test. With almost all jobs now incorporating digital technology, digital skills have never been more valuable – most job adverts now look for some form of digital skill.

3. Foreign languages

There’s great demand for those that speak a second language. Because this skill is so sought after and yet so rare, such jobs that require a second language are often very well paid. This could include being a translator or a teacher. As with digital skills, having a qualification such as a Spanish DELE certificate could help to provide proof of your knowledge. Some people may already speak a foreign language due to their cultural background.

4. First aid

By law, any company with employees needs a trained first aider on site. If you’ve already got first aid training, you could be a valuable asset to the team by helping to tick this box. You’re best off pursuing an official qualification such as a Red Cross first aid certificate to give proof of this skill. There’s no need to get complex medical training unless you wish to work in the medical sector, so don’t feel that you have to go all out.

5. Electrics

Everything from cars to kids’ toys now contain electrics. The amount of electrical engineers and technicians needed to build and maintain our electrical world has increased dramatically and many related jobs may look upon this skill favorably. Obtaining an electrical license is no easy feat, but it can lead on to great opportunities.

6. Writing

Most people can write, but not everyone can write well. The move to a digital world has only increased the demand for professional writing – some jobs are reliant on an ability to write emails and web copy. When applying to a writing job, it’s worth having some form of writing qualification behind you. It’s worth noting that there are many specialisms to writing such as legal writing and medical writing, typing and traditional calligraphy.

7. Drawing

Being able to draw is also a useful skill in many careers. Many design jobs require technical drawing skills, whilst there are a number of illustrator jobs. You may be able to prove that you’re good at drawing simply by showing an employer a portfolio of your work. You can however back this up with some form of drawing qualification such as a BA drawing degree.

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You’ve found a job that you like on the market and now, you’re ready to pursue it. Don’t let that counter at the bottom of the page put you off which shows how many people have already replied. You have what it takes to succeed here. There are just a few key details that you need to be aware of before you start this journey.

These pieces of information will help ensure that you are not caught off guard during the recruitment process and give you some idea of what to expect. Bear in mind that while these facts will not hold true for every position, they will be relevant to most on the market today. So, let’s get started.

The Interview is Only One Part of the Process

You might think that if your interview goes beautifully, then you don’t need to worry about taking things any further. After all, you have it in the bag! Not so fast, recruitment processes these days are often multilayered. So, they might begin with a phone interview. This will be a short process and a follow up after receiving your CV. One of the recruitment officers will explore what you can offer, what you might be able to bring to the table and why you should be put forward for a follow-up interview. They will also tell you a little more about the position that you are applying for. If this goes well, an interview will usually be set up and dated while you are on the phone.

You need to be as flexible as possible here. While it’s good to show that you are quite busy and in high demand if you make it too difficult, an employer may simply pursue other possibilities. This is a rookie mistake. Don’t let it drag any longer than three different possible interview times and days before settling on one that suits you and them. Making sure that you accommodate the needs of others is a good trait to show off at an early stage.

After that first interview, it’s possible that you will be given a task to complete. Alternatively, you might be brought in for a workday. Here, you will be given a feel for the type of role you will be completing and what you can expect from the position. The employer will note how you perform in a working environment and if you can complete certain daily tasks related to the role.

Once you have completed and passed this level, you may then be asked to a further interview with some of the higher-ups present. This will usually depend on the role that you are pursuing and how high up the management chain it is.

60 Seconds

That’s all you have. That’s as long as an employee or recruitment specialist will usually take to browse over your CV. Supposedly, this is all they need to get a good idea of who you are and what you can offer. At least, that will be the case if your CV is laid out and written the right way. This means that it should be easy to skim, provide clear and informative and offer concise facts about who you are and what you can offer. The general rule of thumb here is that you shouldn’t be stretching your CV more than two pages. It’s worth modifying it to only include relevant information to each individual position that you pursue.

There are exceptions. For instance, you might have a massive record of experience. Pay attention to the job ad as well. It might mention that a wealth of experience is highly sought after for the person who will fill the position. If that’s the case it makes sense to include two pages of roles that you have filled, if they are relevant.

Employers must Follow the Rules

It’s important to understand that there are rules that employers must follow when they hire you. They need to make sure that they are dotting the is and crossing the Ts. Employment law firms like Ogletree Deakins will often make sure that they hire the best members of their team to ensure that this is the case. So, what does this mean for you? Well, firstly, employers are not allowed to ask you certain personal questions such as your sexuality or religion. Or rather, they are not allowed to base whether they chose to hire you on these types of traits.

More relevant is the fact that an employer can not provide you with a hint or clue that you have successfully gained the position. They have to be fair to each individual candidate that interviews. So, if you’re hoping for a wink or a nod to the fact that you’ve been selected, you’ll be out of luck. Particularly, if you’re only at stage one.

Harassment and Bullying are Never Acceptable

There have been reports where employers have used intimidation tactics during an interview to see whether the person can handle the role in question. Accounts of employees being broken down to the point where they burst into tears have gained media attention.

Be aware, it doesn’t matter if this is an act that the employer breaks at the end of the interview. It doesn’t matter whether they apologize or whether they cite sources claiming this to be a recognized interview technique. It is not acceptable for you to be treated this way. If you are worried about issues like this check resources like Glass Door. This will provide you with accounts of real employees of the company and former candidates.

Look for Positive Signs

Finally, you might be interested in learning some of the signs that you are definitely being considered as a potential candidate for the position. Well, there are a few possibilities to look out for here. You might be immediately introduced to some of the people working at the company. Alternatively, you may find that you are shown where you could potentially be working. Even the grip of a handshake could be a sign that you are on the right track.

We hope this helps you navigate the recruitment process next time you pursue a position on the market.

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We all go to work every day so we can earn a salary or wage. This is the money that we need to live off and support our family with. As you no doubt already know, there are many well-paid jobs out there, such as doctors, lawyers, and accountants. However, there are also many jobs and careers that don’t pay quite as well as what we think they should. In fact, some are so low-paying that their employees can end up struggling to get by.

Thankfully, most of us will be able to move up to a higher position by getting a promotion and working our way up through a career. It’s usually possible to move beyond low-paying entry-level jobs in this way. But what if you seem to be stuck in a job that doesn’t pay enough with no way out? It may be getting you down, but you can hold onto the hope that it is usually possible to make your working situation better for yourself. Here are some ways you can survive your low-paying job.

Keep on Job Hunting

First of all, it’s important to note that you should always be job hunting. Even if you aren’t actively applying for the positions you find, you will find it very useful to keep a constant eye on your local job market. You’ll then be able to jump on any opportunity that is an improvement on your current situation. You never know when you will find a completely new role in a different career that shouldn’t be too difficult for you to transfer your skills and experience over to.

Switch to a Company that Pays Better

Of course, it could also be worth looking for a similar job to the one you currently do but at a company that will pay you a higher wage. Not all companies pay the same. It’s always worth having an ear to the ground to see if you can find a position for which you would earn a larger salary package. When you do look for open positions with other companies, it’s worth comparing the other financial benefits that you would gain, such as paid days off for vacations and illness as well as pension payments and annual bonuses. Even though a different company might be able to pay you slightly more, they may offer benefits that aren’t quite as good as the ones you currently get. So, you’ll have to weigh up whether it really is worth going for the higher salary.

Improve Your Transferable Skills

It’s always important to continue working on your transferable skills. It’s even necessary for those who are in solid jobs to keep on honing these crucial skills. These are key skills like good communication, analytical skills, and excellent customer service. They are known as transferable because you’ll be able to transfer them to various different areas of your life. As well as using them in your private life, you’ll also be able to use them in the majority of jobs as well. So, they should help you find a completely new job, even if it means moving into a completely different career. As long as these transferable skills are strong, they should help you bag a better job even if you don’t have any direct experience of working in the industry or sector.

See if there are any Funding Options for Your Career Path

It’s worth researching any potential funding opportunities that there might be for your specific career. There are sometimes charitable funds set up for employees in careers that are known to be quite poorly paid. For instance, teachers can sometimes struggle to get by on their low salaries and long hours. Thankfully, there are now a few programs in place to help a teacher who is really struggling. These kinds of programs are also used to financially reward teachers who have done particularly well in their job. There are quite a few traditional careers, such as teaching, that have these charitable pots and funds available for workers in need.

Start Networking More

Start trying to network more so you can meet as many people as possible. You never know who you might meet when you are at a local business networking event. There are always a lot of different entrepreneurs and business owners at them. You could get chatting to someone who is looking to hire someone with your exact set of skills and knowledge. Even if you don’t find someone who is hiring, you might start talking to someone who knows of an open position that might be a good match for you.

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Consider Changing Your Position in the Company

You might be able to increase your pay packet if you simply move into a different position in your current company. For instance, if you are able to work your way up to a leadership position then you would be in line for a nice pay rise. It could also be worth trying to position yourself as a mentor within the company. Lots of companies are now realizing how beneficial it is to have a mentor in the company who their workforce can reach out to for help and advice whenever they need it. You’d probably be able to continue your current position while doing a few extra mentoring sessions a week. As you’d be taking on extra responsibility, you will likely be able to request some extra pay.

Join a Union

It might be worth joining a union. These are groups and organizations that are created with the main aim to protect workers’ rights. If you believe that you are being paid a lot less than what you think you should be, it could be worth approaching your union about it. They will approach your company and attempt to negotiate a pay rise. If they are unable to do so, and you are paying significantly less than what other companies pay employees in similar roles, the union could help you take the issue to an employment tribunal.

Hopefully, these tips help you survive!

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So, you’ve got your degree and qualifications from college and your resume and references show that you have always worked hard throughout school. Now all you need to do is to start applying for jobs and you’ll soon have bagged your ideal career, right? Well, unfortunately, these days it isn’t quite as easy as that.

Ever since the big financial crisis of 2007, the job market has been extremely competitive. The job market hasn’t fully recovered just yet and, as a result, there are fewer jobs than there are applicants in most industries. That means that you will be going up a lot of competition when you do find a job that you want to apply for. And, trust me, some of that competition is going to be very tough. So, you need to make sure that you are extremely employable and that your resume stands out from all the rest. Unfortunately, in this day and age, that means having more than just the suitable qualifications.

This leaves most job hunters wondering what they need to do in order to make themselves even more employable than what they currently are. If you are in this situation, then you should read through this blog post. I’ll let you know what makes you super employable to most employers out there.

Employers Want Well-Rounded Individuals

These days employers want to see more than just your qualifications. They want to make sure that you are a well-rounded individual and have a few different strings to your bow, so to speak. So, it’s worth mentioning more than just qualifications and work experience on your resume. You should also include your hobbies and any clubs or groups that you are a member of. As well as that, it’s also worth mentioning any organizations or charities that you have previously volunteered for. Be sure to mention anything that will help to show off your character as a whole in a positive light.

You Need Transferable Skills

One of the big mistakes that many job hunters make is that they only mention the skills that are directly relevant to the job that they are applying for on their resume. Sure, employers want to know all of these but they also want to see that you have some transferable skills as well. These are more general skills that can be used in a wide variety of jobs. They are ones like good communication and people skills, as well as IT know-how and numeracy knowledge. It’s important to have plenty of these as they help you be an adaptable individual. No matter what tasks or jobs need carrying out, your employer can be happy knowing that you will be able to adapt to them even if they aren’t part of your usual daily schedule.

Get Plenty Of Work Experience

As well as plenty of education experience and solid qualifications, you need to have done some work experience in the field that you are applying. Even though this doesn’t need to be experienced in the exact same job that you are applying for, it should be in the relevant industry or sector. This shows that you are dedicated to finding a career in this area. Not only that, though, but it also indicates that you will already have a good idea of what working in that industry will be like. Depending on how hands-on your work experience was, you might have even been able to develop some skills that can help you in your new job. So, if you haven’t already done some related work experience, it is very much worth trying to carry some out before you start applying for a new job.

Boost Your IT Skills

These days, we all need to have a good set of IT and tech skills, no matter what our job is. Even if you work in a cafe or as a carer, there is a good chance that you will need to use a computer or other device as part of the work at some point or another in your working day. So, if you don’t already know the basics of using a computer and tablet devices, it’s worth brushing up your skills as soon as possible. If you know that the job which you are applying for will be quite hands-on when it comes to IT and tech, then it’s worth going one step further to improve your skills. Studying for a master of science in operations management or a similar computer course will vastly improve your knowledge of all things tech. And taking part in a computer course in your spare time will show any potential new employers that you aren’t one to shy away from new developments in tech.

Communication Is Important

How you communicate with any potential new employers during the application process is also very important. The recruiters who judge your application will be watching exactly how you communicate and using this to judge your communication skills. So, make sure that you are always professional when you are dealing with anyone who is linked to the new job. It will also really pay off to double check all your written communication to ensure that there are no spelling or grammar errors whatsoever. Using a writing tool like Grammarly can help you with that, or you might want to get a friend or relative to read everything over.

Fill In Any Resume Gaps

There might be understandable reasons why you have had some periods not working. It’s important that you explain these on the resume so that the recruiters understand why you took an extended time out of work. One of the most common reasons for women is that they took time off work to look after a new baby. Or perhaps you had to deal with a long-term health condition and needed to take time off work to recover. Ensure that all resume gaps are explained or else recruiters may not take your application seriously.

And Take Irrelevant Experience Off Your Resume

It’s always best to write out your resume and cover letter for each individual job that you apply for. This gives you the chance to ensure that both of them are tailored to the job. You should ideally remove any work experience or skills that aren’t relevant to the job you are applying for, otherwise they could look very out of place. It’s also not worth mentioning any irrelevant skills in your cover letter. So, before you do submit a resume and cover letter, make sure that you have another read through them again to ensure that the content is completely relevant and refers to the job advert and candidate specification.

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Don’t Be Overly Keen

Looking for a job and then applying can be a very long process. There’s no wonder that we all get so frustrated when we receive yet another rejection! After applying and being rejected for a few jobs, quite a few people start to feel the rejection set in. When this does happen, you might think that it’s best to show that you are super keen. However, it’s best not to be overly keen when talking to recruiters and potential employers. This could in fact give them the wrong impression. You don’t want to look too desperate in your application or those judging it could think that they are a last resort for you.

Think About Learning Another Language

One skill that is a huge bonus on any resume is a second language. Even if the job that you are applying for doesn’t require you to know a second language, many employers will still jump at the chance to hire someone who has extensive language skills. Any other languages that you have are a huge bonus. One reason why your language will stand out on your resume is that it could come in useful in the future if your employer ever decides to expand the business into a global market. But even if they don’t ever expand globally, your language skills still show that you are a very able communicator and will find it easy to adapt to new and unusual situations.

Monitor Your Social Media Use

If you are an avid user of social media platforms, like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, then it’s worth reviewing how you are using them. That’s especially important if your profiles are all public and anyone is able to stumble across them and see what you are posting. Many employers and recruiters now make a point of looking up all the social media profiles of every applicant. If they see something that could be considered offensive or inappropriate then they might disregard your application. That’s because they don’t want anyone who could jeopardize their company’s brand by posting inappropriate material on such a public platform as social media. So, be sure to switch all your profiles to private or completely deactivate them while you are hunting for jobs.

Hopefully, all these tips help you become even more employable!

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