Key Tips You Need To Know In Order To Maximize Your Employment Readiness And Appeal To Future Employers

Posted on: 18 May 2017

If your recent life experiences, such as graduating college, career changes, or health challenges, have prompted the need to seek new employment, it's important to be aware that there are numerous activities that you can undertake to be sure that the choices you make now are the most appropriate for both your short and long-term needs. For instance, it's a good idea to compare your existing skills set to that which is required for any job you might consider. In addition, you're likely to benefit from researching the companies with which you might be applying, as many companies consistently keep temporary workers in lieu of permanent hires. Therefore, if you're aggressively seeking work or plan to be in the near future, you need to be aware of the advice and information shared below in order to increase your employment readiness for your future career changes. 

Compare Your Skills To Those Required For The Job You Want 

One of the more common mistakes that job-seekers make has often been applying for jobs they could do years ago, with the assumption that their knowledge makes them more appealing to the company. Unfortunately, that is not always true, as being over-qualified for a job can often be as problematic for gaining and maintaining employment as being under-qualified for that work would be.

Employers know that a stagnant, bored, or underpaid worker will often seek greener pastures elsewhere, with those greener pastures often providing bigger paychecks, more impressive job descriptions, and increased responsibilities. As a result, it's not uncommon for companies to decline to hire or even to interview applicants who seem over-qualified for the job, since there is a good chance they might be looking to fill that position again soon. Therefore, it's a better idea to apply for the job you can do now, not the one you could do a few years ago, unless your ability to do that work has somehow been mitigated. By doing so, you can often make yourself more attractive to employers.

Familiarize Yourself With Each Company That You Are Applying With

Just as employers expect to learn and be able to verify information about each applicant, you have a responsibility to yourself and your future to have similar knowledge about the companies you are interested in working for. For instance, it has become increasingly popular in recent years for employers to focus primarily or exclusively on obtaining workers who are temporary or contract workers. The benefits to doing so for them are obvious, in that they do not need to contribute to a temporary worker's health or retirement expenses, nor is it necessary for them to pay for sick leave or offer paid vacation. 

It can seem appealing to the applicant as well, given that employment can often start quickly and there may be the hope of becoming a permanent worker later on. However, being replaced with little or no notice a month, six months or even a year from now is rarely as appealing of an experience and is a common problem for those workers. Therefore, before accepting a long-term temporary assignment or contract labor job of any type, you should investigate the company to determine how likely it is for that company to retain short-term employees. If it seems that you are unlikely to make that conversion down the road, it might be a good idea to consider other job possibilities.

In conclusion, it has often been said that looking for work is often as time-consuming and challenging as it is to maintain that work. Therefore, when you're ready for a career change and want to maximize your employment readiness, it's a good idea to apply the tips shared above. To learn more about employment readiness, contact companies like Career Opportunities.