Let’s face it; the job market can be brutal these days.
In fact, any advantage that you can demonstrate over the competition can be valuable in giving you the upper hand. What that means is that the following ways east to boost your career prospects could be seriously useful to you come your next interview, review, or application for promotion. Keep reading to find out more.
Firstly, they say it's not what you know, but who you know that guarantees you the best job. What this means is that being able to efficiently network is an essential and easy way to boost your career prospects. After all, if you know about the most appropriate vacancies first, or can provide a glowing report from someone of importance in the field you are much more likely to secure a top role.
Networking is pretty easy too, and it can be done in two main ways. The first is face to face, and this is where you create connections with people at corporate events, or when working with their company directly.
The second method is through social media, primarily by using sites like LinkedIn which is designed to be more career and business orientated. To be as effective with this as possible, be sure to use all the features you can including endorsing others and letting them endorse you to strengthen your network connections.
Another remarkably easy way of boosting your career prospects is to do some training in your field. On the job training, in particular, is a good choice, because you are usually given time within work hours to study and attend classes.
This means your own free time does not have to be used up with making notes and writing assignments, and that you continue to be paid while you are studying. Something that certainly makes it a better opportunity than taking on private tuition that you pay for out of your own pocket and have to study for entirely in your own time, as well as holding down a full-time job.
Last of all, never forget the value of soft skills when you are looking to increase your career prospects. Soft skills are ones that are less directly related to the specialist field you are working in and more geared to the way that you do business.
Check out this TED talk on soft skills for some additional info.
For example, a soft skill that is valued by many employers is the ability to work in a team effectively, and not let your own ego get in the way.
Of course, there are hundreds of jobs that require teamwork from administrative assistants to police officers, and being good at this particular aspect of work can help you to be much more employable in the specific field you choose.
In fact, it may be that you already have a number of examples where you have used soft skills such as teamwork, presentation, and leadership in other areas of your life that you can record on your resume. Although, there are also plenty of training courses that will help you refine your abilities in each of these areas if you need to, in order to boost your career prospects.