Would you like to be in a position where employers are chasing you instead of you chasing them? This may sound like a fantasy, but it can be a reality. If shortening your down time between jobs sounds like a good proposition to you, then read on.
Here are five ways that you can catch an employer’s eye and dramatically improve your employability:
1) Certification. A current certification can mean a lot to employers. Many universities offer executive management certifications. This can mean a shorter path to the C-suite than the time it takes to earn a degree. If you receive your certification from a prestigious university like Harvard, including this on the resume will often mean that you can land an executive position quickly.
2) A hot degree. For many fields an advanced degree is becoming a necessity. Getting that degree can be a good reason for an employer to give you a raise and maybe even a promotion.
3) In-demand skills. If you have hard-to-find skills that employers need, you will have employers at your doorstep. It is best to analyze job listings to find out what employers are looking for. Then take the necessary steps to obtain those skills. By possessing skills that are in high demand, you can often name your price as far as salary goes.
4) Relevant experience. Sometimes you can increase your employability within your field by gaining specialized experience that not everyone else has. In some instances, going into a specialty area can be more lucrative as well.
5) A large and responsive network. Having a good network that you can tap into when you need to is job search gold. When you come recommended from someone on the inside, it will go a long way in terms of the hiring manager’s confidence in you as a candidate. It definitely increases your employability.
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