When you’re finishing your education, the idea of heading out into the working world can be a daunting one; you need to both appear and embody a professional worker who is keen to take on anything and impress your potential employers. Here are a few ideas to help you boost your employability before you get to that stage.
- Write a blog
Whilst studying, a sure way to draw up some attention from prospective employers is to write about ideas and topics that you feel passionate about – even better if these relate to your chosen industry of work!
Not many students will take the time to write and maintain a blog with lots of original ideas. It will also give you the opportunity to develop and improve your writing style: showing employers how you’ve improved along the way is a sure way to impress!
- Join a club or team
Employers will want to find out more about your hobbies and interests are, how you spend your time outside of work and how you fit in with teams. Being a part of a club demonstrates commitment, teamwork, initiative and passion – all things that prospective employers want to see from candidates.
Being part of a team is a fun way to make new friends – it will also give you something to write about in your blog!
- Use social media
Employers recognise the importance of social media and how, if used correctly, it can attract a lot of business. Clean up your current social media accounts by making sure what you’re posting wouldn’t offend anyone and that none of your pictures are revealing in any way. If you don’t want to delete anything on your profile, we would recommend putting it to ‘private’ via your account settings before applying for any jobs.
You could even go the extra mile and create a ‘business’ profile using platforms such as LinkedIn or Twitter to advertise yourself in a more professional manner. This will demonstrate both initiative and understanding of social media and how it should be used.
- Volunteer or get a part-time job
Any kind of experience in the business world will instantly boost your employability; it shows your initiative to work and gain that experience, it will demonstrate that you’re passionate about getting involved and learning and employers will be aware that you’ll have gained some transferable skills along the way.
Either way volunteering or working part-time will give you a taste of what it’s like to work and might even give you a better understanding of what you’d like to do in the future!