HONE YOUR PERSONALITY
With institutes churning out graduates in large numbers, the emphasis today is on soft skills. These skills, which include one's business and cultural etiquette, dressing sense, body language and coordination skills, make a huge difference during a job interview.Concurs Sushma Rana, talent director, MSL group, “Organisations evaluate prospective candidates not only for their professional skills, but also behavioural traits. This is very often done by subjecting them to real-life situations that bring out a person's interpersonal and team management skills along with their ability to handle stress. As the selection process involves overall personality evaluation, pursuing a programme on personality development can be of much help.“
Adds Swapnil Kamat, founder, CEO and chief trainer, Work Better, “What employers actually mean when they say, “Engineer required, MBA preferred,“ is that they are looking for candidates with a certain set of skills, character traits and attitudes. These include organisational skills, ability to follow instructions and meet deadlines, critical thinking skills, writing and communication skills, research skills, and so forth.“
PURSUE AN INTERNSHIP
Internships are an important stepping stone in the process of enhancing one's credentials as they provide one an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during a degree programme to real-life industry situations. They are a platform for students to gain a realistic view of personal growth objectives and understand their strengths and weaknesses in an organisational context. Agrees Kamat, “Potential employers look at your experience before your qualifications to assess your employability.Hence, pursuing a summer internship during a degree course can hugely increase your employability prospects.“
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
Employment mobility has increased as opportunities have expanded across the globe. Thus, it is not uncommon to come across people who do not mind moving cities and even countries in search of a better job. Keeping this in mind, learning a new language can give the much needed boost to your profile. Additionally, with companies continuously trying to increase the diversity of their teams, working knowledge of a foreign language is considered an asset by hiring managers.
CREATE A GOOD ONLINE IMAGE
Employers these days very often use your public profiles as a tool to assess your personality. Thus, it is crucial to create and maintain a positive image on social media. Advises Rana, “Appropriately frame and add relevant details which you want the employers to focus on, on websites that require you to put up your professional profile.Testimonials from your current as well as ex-colleagues also matter. Your presence on social media by means of an interactive resume also helps. Also, joining the right groups and associations too can improve your chances of employability.“
Continuous education is important in today's job market. Training and education show potential employers that you take your professional life seriously. Opt for weekend courses, enrol for a distance learning, online programme or a MOOC (massive open online course) to expand your knowledge base and increase your employability.
Get involved in extra circular activities that offer the platform to develop various skills and that add to your CV. Learn to work as a team and help the community.As a student, one can be part of the student council or volunteer with NGOs and clubs. This will not only highlight your compassionate nature, but also instil a positive attitude and self confidence within you.
BE WILLING TO MOVE
As businesses expand, mobility is an important factor for companies. So be open to shifting to another city for a good job. While most people do not want to move out of their comfort zone, taking a chance on relocation can lead to unthought-of career growth and new opportunities.
Source | Mumbai Mirror | 2 April 2015