Make Yourself More Employable By Adding These Skills To Your Resume

It’s not so much that there are no jobs available; it’s that people don’t have the skills needed to do the jobs to the required capability. These days, it’s no longer enough just to do one thing well: in a world that’s increasingly competitive, you need to show that you can go above and beyond what the person next to you is capable of. Below, we take at five skills that’ll enhance your resume and make you more employable: not just for today, but in the years to come, too.

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Understanding What Your Looking At

The world is moving at a pretty fast pace; you may have noticed. That means that what’s relevant today might be relevant in six months or a year from now. As such, companies are always looking for workers who can spot the next great trend, as it helps them to stay ahead of their competition. This mostly revolves around big data. There’s more data at a company’s disposal than ever before; but of course, data alone isn’t very useful: it’s how the data is interpreted that matters. If you can understand the bigger picture alongside your core duties, you’ll be in a strong position moving forward.

Organising Teams

There’s going to be a lot of challenges facing the world in the next few decades, and these problems won’t be solved by individual efforts: they’ll be solved by teams across many disciplines, working together to find solutions to a whole host of issues. It could be housing, architecture, climate change; you name it. As such, those people who have industry-specific management skills will be in demand. Take a look at studying for an engineering management masters online, and you’ll have the necessary attributes to be an important player in a whole host of fields in the future. Big problems need many players, and they’ll all need organising!

Flexibility

An open mind that can adapt and respond to new situations is a skill that’s increasingly in demand in the corporate world. Things can change pretty quickly in this day and age, and having people who are agile enough to respond to a changing market is important for any company. This is less about one having one specific skill as it is about having a range of skills that show you’re open to learning.

Communication

The vast majority of the business world is about communication, even if that is dressed up as sales, marketing, social media nous, and so on. If you have the ability to communicate in some mediums and to people from different demographics, you’ll always be in demand. In a world that’s talking more and more, it’s never been a more useful attribute to have.

Creativity

Every big company is looking to the future, and every small company should be. Show yourself to be able to think outside the box and come up with new ideas on how you can take the company forward, and you’ll be making yourself very attractive to employers.

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On The Open Road: A Career As A Truck Driver

Choosing the right career can often leave you feeling overwhelmed with the options you have available. Whether you are fresh out of school, struggling with a midlife crisis, or just wanting a change of direction and more flexibility, you might find yourself looking at your options and making a decision. You may, or may not, have considered a career on the open road before as a truck driver. It can be a very rewarding career path to choose. If you are considering this option then here are some of the things you should consider.

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Do you enjoy driving?

 

One of the first things to ask yourself is whether or not you actually enjoy driving. After all, that is what this career choice entails. Driving for long stretches of time, and often at different times of the day in all kinds of weather conditions. You need to also make sure you are physically and mentally up for the challenge. Not only are you sitting and driving for long periods of time, but you will also be spending a lot of time on your own. This can be hard for someone who isn’t comfortable in their own company.

 

Do you need additional tests and qualifications on your license?

 

Depending on what avenue of truck driving you embark on, you may find that you need to take additional tests to make sure your driving license is up to date with what vehicles you can drive. This might mean training and cost from the outset, so make sure you are prepared for that.

 

Accidents do happen

 

Even though you are driving a big vehicle accident can still happen, and some cases, they can be much worse due to the size of the vehicle. But don’t worry as this can be taken care of when entrusting the help of trucking accidents lawyers to take on your case. You may not be at fault or may have suffered an injury because of it. The experts can ensure everything is handled correctly, so although this may be a worry for taking on this career, you are assured that you have people on your side.

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Be comfortable with your choice

 

Some companies will offer you two sorts of job opportunities when it comes to driving trucks for them. You may choose to do a standard 40-hour working week. In this case, you will turn up, driver your truck for the set working day, and then return home each day. You may find the journeys are shorter in this circumstance. Other options include driving longer distance which may see you traveling huge distances and being away from home.

 

Be aware of other duties involved

 

It sometimes doesn’t end with driving the truck. In some job situations, you may be required to unload or load the truck. This may mean a bit of heavy lifting. You might be best to ensure that you are in good health to take on this sort of role. Or, make sure you go for a truck driving job that just means driving only, and the responsibility of the load lies elsewhere.

 

I hope this helps you if this is a career choice you are making.

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Online Learning and How it Just Might Change Your Life

It’s interesting how readily young people embrace the internet. For those of us in our middle years, the sheer volume of information that can be accessed by a few simple keystrokes or dabs of a touch screen would have boggled our minds 30 years ago.

 

Digital communications have handed us the keys to a virtual kingdom of data that is already shaping the way in which we learn and assimilate information. I don’t know about you, but I was initially mistrustful of the non-traditional online approach to higher education, but recent years have seen a huge boom in the legitimacy of online learning with a wealth of academic and vocational qualification available through digital channels.

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While distance learning is nothing new (the UK’s Open University is actually the country’s largest learning institution and still a pioneer in distance learning), the range of courses available online from reputable accredited institutions has never been greater and more accessible.

 

Let’s have a look at some of the advantages of online learning and how it can help you take the next step in your career, or start all over again.

 

Online learning has some inherent advantages over its campus-based counterpart:

 

    • Variety – Online courses from bachelor’s to doctorate level are available in just about any field of study.
    • Lower costs – Online courses are generally cheaper than campus based courses as there are fewer overheads. You’ll also have no commuting costs and materials will often be made available to you for free as part of the course.

 

  • Comfort – You’ll never be stuck in traffic getting to a virtual lecture. You can study from the comfort of your favorite armchair… In your pyjamas. In terms of comfort, online learning leaves campus learning in the dust.

 

  • Convenience – Your studies can fit around your life rather than the other way around. You can work as many hours as you want and fulfill your parental commitments and manage your learning in your own time.
  • Greater focus – Studying at home, you won’t be distracted by others and can concentrate completely on your learning.
  • Seamless career advancement – You can learn alongside work with no suspicious gaps in your resume.
  • No commuting – Many campus based learners spend hours travelling to and from campus which can be time consuming and potentially hazardous due to fatigue or weather conditions.
  • Improves technical literacy – Older readers may have a very cautious relationship with technology. Even the most basic online courses will increase your proficiency and comfort dealing with computers.  

 

Gaining new knowledge and skills

 

Many of us want to gain new knowledge and skills later in life but are reticent to do this in a campus environment. We’re all a little insecure when outside of our comfort zone and the prospect of strolling into a lecture surrounded by bright young things who may already be more proficient in  our chosen field of study could be daunting enough to put us off.

 

Online learning allows you to learn at your own pace without comparing yourself normatively to others, and the sheer variety of online courses means that whatever field of study you wish to pursue, however esoteric, it’s within your reach.

 

Advancing your career

 

Many of us want to pursue continual professional development outside of the scope of what our current employers will fund (or allow). Fortunately there are a wealth of vocationally specific courses, such as this accredited RN to BSN program online course designed to help nurses expand their portfolio of skills and take the next step in their career.

 

Whatever your chosen field, chances are there’s a course out there that will allow you to take the next step in your career and wave goodbye to employers who have perhaps taken you for granted or under-invested in your development.

 

Changing careers

 

A career change in midlife can be a dauntingly disruptive experience for anyone. Even with an incredible support network it can be virtually impossible to gain new knowledge and skills without quitting your job and enduring a financially troubling interstice between careers. Online learning allows students to arrange their studies around their existing work and family commitments. The flexibility and control over the pace of your own learning makes it ideal for those who’d prefer to endure their current jobs while they study to allow themselves a little more financial stability.

 

The ability to manage our learning alongside work and family, combined by the lack of conspicuous gaps in our resumes will make us more appealing to potential employers.

 

Whatever preconceived notions you may have had about online learning, it’s definitely worth looking into courses that suit your interests. They could just change your life!

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How To Launch The Career You Always Wanted In Midlife

A job for life is a thing of the past and a lifelong career is not the reality for most people. This is hardly surprising. You choose your first career as a teenager. When you approach middle age, you are a very different person. You know more about life and have collected skills and experience along the way. You have also changed as a person. Your beliefs, values, and priorities may be very different to when you were 16 years old!

So, why stick with the same career? Thousands of people make a midlife career change each year and with the right guidance, you could join them. Here are some tips for making your midlife career change a success.

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Make the right choice

There is no point in swapping your career if you simply end up in a job that is just as bad. Take your time to investigate what you want to do. Remember, it is not just the job itself. Think about the hours that you want to work. Do you want to do shift work and work weekends?

Perhaps working from home would suit you better, especially if you have any health problems or are caring for children or an elderly relative.

Get the skills that you need

You may have the passion, the personality and the experience but do you have the skills? Mid-life is the perfect time to brush up your skills. You have some more time on your hands because your kids will be older or may have even left home. You are also more financially secure and have some spare cash to spend on courses that interest you and which may be helpful.

If you are thinking of launching a career on-line or setting up a business on the web you must get some online business skills. You will need to be able to write, market and communicate and there are plenty of courses that can help you with that.

Communication skills are vital to all careers and if you feel that you are lacking in this area there is plenty that you can do about it. If you want to know how to improve English speaking skills you can access courses that will help you with your English but will make it fun. If it has been a while since you took part in any sort of learning, this course will work for you because it makes learning fun with talking partners, movies and music.

Believe in yourself

Midlife can be a time of renewal and self-discovery but it can also be a time where you lose confidence in your own abilities. You may feel inadequate and unable to compete with younger colleagues. Don’t forget what you can bring to a role. You will have skills and experience that they cannot offer. Do not make the mistake of underestimating your soft skills. Employers value them highly and so should you.

You do not have to make this major decision in a hurry so slow down and enjoy the process. Being in-between careers is a fun time in your life and you should make the most of it!

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What’s Your Next Move? Steering Clear Of A Career Rut

Are you bored of your job? Do you go to work every day knowing exactly how your day will pan out? Do you spend nine hours every day in exactly the same spot doing the same tasks over and over again? It can be very easy to get stuck in a career rut. Many of us are creatures of habit, and being comfortable can give us a sense of reassurance. There’s nothing wrong with staying at the same company or doing the same job for years on end, but many people relish a new challenge, and sometimes, change can bring good things. If you’re anxious about getting stuck in a career rut, here are some moves you may wish to consider.

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Going for a promotion

If you’ve been working hard and there are opportunities at a higher level, why not consider throwing your hat into the ring and trying to secure a promotion? If you’ve got the necessary expertise and skills, and you’ve demonstrated positive attributes during your time at the company, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t express an interest in climbing the ladder. Sometimes, aiming high won’t bring you everything you want, but it’s worth a try. You may get knocked back this time, but that doesn’t mean that the experience won’t be positive. You can learn and make use of feedback, even if it’s negative. It can be hard to take constructive criticism, but it will benefit you in the long-run. If it’s difficult to progress at your current firm, but you want to take that next step, look for vacancies elsewhere. Even if you have great friends at work and you love the office environment, it’s wise to consider other options. You don’t want to let your potential go unfulfilled because you won’t get to see your closest friends every day. Taking risks and putting your name out there can pay off if you’re keen to find that perfect job.

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Going it alone

Would you like more control over your working hours and your salary? Are you tired of working hard for other people and not getting much in return? Are you ambitious? If so, you may be thinking about the possibility of going it alone. There are two main options if you’re considering this career path. You can set up your own business, or you could work as a freelancer. Managing a business involves a lot of hard work, and you’ll have to get out there and bring in business. If you’re a freelancer, you can work with agencies to find suitable contracts, but you’ll still have control over the projects you take on. As a freelancer, you can work with individuals or companies, and you can take on short or long-term projects. More and more businesses are employing freelancers, so there are fewer risks involved than in days gone by. There’s no guarantee of work, and this means that you won’t always have a stable income, but opportunities are becoming increasingly abundant.

 

If you are thinking of becoming self-employed or setting up a business, there’s a lot to think about. How are you going to fund the venture or ensure that you have enough money to get by and pay the bills? What are the legal restrictions? Is there a market for your business? What are your tax liabilities? Doing your research and drafting in expert help will enable you to gain control of everything from drawing up employment contracts to making sure you’re familiar with contractor ir35 legislation. Flying solo is always a risk, but it can really pay off, especially if you feel that your current job restricts your creativity or flexibility or you feel undervalued by your boss.

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A change of direction

If you’re not doing a job you love, it may be a good idea to consider a change of direction. Have you always wanted to do something or have you recently developed an interest, which has made you question your career choice? Perhaps you want to try something completely different, or you want a job that’s more financially or emotionally rewarding. It’s never too late to change your mind if you don’t enjoy your job. You could retrain, take on further study or simply look out for roles that grab your attention.

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If you are thinking of applying for jobs, do some work on your resume beforehand. Ensure that it’s up to date, and tailor it to each vacancy. Read the job description carefully to make sure that your application is relevant.

 

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If you’re weighing up your next career move, hopefully, this guide will come in handy. If you don’t enjoy your job, you’re after a new challenge, or you need a change of scenery, biting the bullet and going after something you want may be the best decision you ever make.

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Master Your Next Career Change With These 7 Tips

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Experts say that the average worker changes their career around seven times during their working lives. So, if you’re unhappy or unfulfilled in your current work, there’s nothing wrong with seeking a new challenge.

 

Here are seven top tips to ensure that the process brings only the very best outcomes.

 

#1. Make A Decision

 If you’ve become disillusioned with your current career, it’s vital that your next one offers financial and emotional rewards. There are literally hundreds of jobs out there, and this list of satisfying ones should provide a great starting point. In today’s climate, it’s important to focus on careers with longevity too. However, if you’re going to start lower down the ladder, you must appreciate your time in life and similar key factors.   

 

#2. Learn

 Your current career might provide a number of transferable skills. Nonetheless, you cannot expect to walk into a new working environment without a little development. Investing in your education through courses in mining and other specific careers will prepare you for a brighter future. Moreover, these steps can be completed while you’re still working your current job, meaning you shouldn’t lose out financially.   

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#3. Look For Vacancies

 Finding a suitable job within your newly desired field isn’t always easy. There are many aspects to consider from location to salary, as well as working hours and external matters. Either way, though, the internet is your greatest tool. Some companies only post their jobs through internal platforms while others use job boards and other outlets. You can’t grab an opportunity if you don’t know it exists. So getting this one right is key.

 

#4. Do Your Research

 Once you’ve found the ideal position, you must do your research before rushing in. Understanding the exact requirements is crucial. You can also find out about the company and key personnel through a little snooping around. Go one step further by using LinkedIn and networks to your advantage, and your confidence should shoot through the roof.

 

#5. Build

 Knowing what the employer wants is one thing, but proving that you have it is another altogether. Before completing your applications, it’s imperative that you build a resume that will stand out from the crowd. Competition for places is fierce, especially when people have bots ready to automatically apply for jobs. Therefore, making that big first impression is key.   

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#6. Prepare For Interviews

 Landing an interview shows that the employer considers you to be a serious candidate. However, it’ll count for very little if you don’t follow it up in the right manner. Dressing in the appropriate manner is vital while you should also showcase great organization. Be prepared for both individual and group elements, and load yourself with the right questions to leave an even stronger mark. It still won’t guarantee that you land the job, but it should give your hopes a serious boost.

 

#7. Make A Strong Start

 Once you do land the new career role, you must hit the ground running. In truth, it’ll become a lot easier when you build positive relationships with colleagues and bosses. As such, this should be the first item on your agenda. Meanwhile, putting in the extra effort early on will get you noticed quickly, which could pay dividends with fast-tracked progress. Above all else, that positive engagement should work wonders for your own self-esteem.

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A Resume That’s All Killer No Filler

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Applying for jobs is a real test of your temperament. All those different job sites, and filters, and all that scrolling and reading and scrutinizing and hoping. It is can be a long and arduous process, especially for a Millennial that doesn’t just want to land in any job, but rather the job. But the hunt is only part of it; snaring a potential employer is where the real battle starts, which is where your resume comes in.

 

Your resume is your chance to intrigue an employer just enough to land yourself an interview, and we use the word intrigue very consciously. Your resume is going to be one of many, all printed black on white, all on A4 paper, all arriving around the same time. That is why you need to make it stand out from the crowd, and here is how:

 

Tailor Your Resume To The Job

When a hiring manager advertises a role they are doing so with an idea of what sort of candidate they want; skills, qualifications, personality, and experience. They want to know that the candidates they attract will be the right candidates for the job, which is why your resume should mirror what is said in the description. You need to tick boxes; out of the sea of mundane, you need to be that one that meets the requirements. If you are applying for a manager’s role at a manufacturing plant and have had injection molding training, then make a point of this early on. If, however, your recent experience has nothing of value, then get creative and tweak the angle of which you write; find that bridge.

 

Don’t Focus On Responsibilities

The thing with focussing on your responsibilities is that you end up telling your potential employer that you did what you were supposed to do, which isn’t actually going to impress them. Let’s say you worked for Deliveroo and you stated that you delivered food. Brilliant. But that was your role. What you need to show are your achievements, what made you the best at your job. So find some achievements that can take you from being a delivery rider to a superstar, find some ways that will clearly show how you excelled, that’s how to do it.

 

Cold Hard Facts, Nothing Else

If you’re wishy-washy with your resume and relying on fancy words to dress up your past experiences, your accomplishments and your qualifications then you’ll be placed into the ‘no’ pile then you can say, ‘I just need one chance’. So hit them with cold hard facts, figures if you can. If you were a cold caller then tell them how many calls you made a day and what your success rate was. If you were a salesperson then hit them with figures about your monthly sales. What size was the budget you managed, how much money did you save the company through your methods, why were you picked to meet with clients face to face? All of these things will make a potential employer intrigued by you. Not only that, it will also give your hiring manager a much clearer idea of what your skills and efforts.

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