Steps to Improving Employability Skills

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Steps to Improving Employability Skills
Impress employers with your skills and talent. (office job image by Oleg Kulakov from Fotolia.com)

Competing with other qualified job applicants can prove difficult when looking for employment. Even if you're highly skilled with years of relevant work experience, there's always someone with better skills and more experience. To help get your foot in the door of a company, take it upon yourself to improve your employability skills and impress potential employers.

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Improve Computer Skills

Knowledge of the latest computer programs and software can work to your advantage when looking for employment. Expect potential employers to ask questions about your computer skills during the interview. They may inquire about the types of software programs that you're familiar with and your proficiency level. Lack of knowledge of these programs or only knowing a few basic commands can put your name at the bottom of the list. Familiarise yourself with commonly used computer programs and complete a tutorial or class to improve your skills.

Learn a Foreign Language

Depending on the type of job that you're applying for, knowing a second language can help you secure employment. Think about the different language groups in your local area then consider learning a language to better assist customers. Even if you're not yet proficient in the language, employers may take your initiative into consideration and offer you the job as you learn.

Gain Experience

The more work experience you have, before seeking a job, the better. Look for internships or part-time employment within your chosen field as you complete degree programs. This move can add years of relevant work experience to your resume upon graduation, which can convince an employer to pick your resume over someone with no or little experience in the field.

Present a Professional Image

Professionalism is key to impressing an employer and getting a job offer. Present yourself well during the job interview. Be positive, dress in a business suit (trousers, skirt, jacket, blouse and tie), arrive at least 10 minutes early for the interview, think before answering questions, avoid slang and profanity, smile, maintain good eye contact and listen while the employer speaks.

Enrol in Courses or Workshops

Education doesn't have to stop after you've completed your degree program. Continuing education in your field of work can increase employability skills. Research local adult education or colleges online and request a copy of upcoming workshops or business courses. Look into local seminars that focus on business matters and plan to attend a few to improve your skills. Workshops and seminars can provide tips on how to offer good customer service, how to network, ways to practice good time management and a variety of other business improvement skills. Highlight courses and workshops taken in your resume and during your job interview.

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