You have successfully gained your qualification with AGB Training and you have got the skills knowledge and confidence to enter the workforce. Now what? Here are some helpful tips to help you impress potential employers and put your qualification to use!
- Revamp your resume
Your resume is more than just a piece of paper, it’s your tool for showcasing exactly what you’re capable of and what you can offer your potential employer. Firstly, make sure your resume is relevant to the job. You don’t need to include information that isn’t relevant to the role you are applying for as it just wastes valuable space. If you are applying for a job as Manager, ensure you include skills you have that are relevant to that industry such as excellent communication skills or outstanding leadership skills. Secondly, it is important that your resume stands out from the crowd, but make sure it is still easy to read and professional. If you are applying for a job as a Graphic Designer, show your creativity. Just remember that the content is more important than the appearance. Make sure that you include all your qualifications, including your Nationally Recognised Qualification from AGB Training! Your resume should be no more than 2 pages, so keep it concise, relevant and readable.
- Liven up your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is a great way to professionally connect with people in your industry of interest. If you’re not on LinkedIn, get on it. Put time into perfecting your profile and ensure that your photo is of good quality and professional. It is also worthwhile uploading your resume to your profile. This is another great way to showcase your skills and knowledge. You never know who might be looking as employers often seek out LinkedIn profiles of potential candidates. You could also ask previous employers to endorse your skills on your LinkedIn profile. This will show potential employers that your skills have been valued and utilised in previous roles. Again, ensure your AGB Training Qualification, as well as other qualifications are listed on your profile.
- Get networking
Keep your eyes peeled for networking events in your industry. You never know who you might meet and who is looking to employ. You might just be the person they are looking for! It can also be a good idea to approach companies you are interested in with a simple phone call or email to show you are interested and to inquire about any employment opportunities. Remember to stay in touch with all of your current networks too. It’s easier to keep friends than to make new ones.
- Don’t commit Social Media Suicide
If you don’t want your employer to see it, don’t put it on your social media account. Recent studies reveal that 30% of employers use Facebook and 22% used Twitter to screen candidates. While it is your own personal account, keep in mind that companies may be reluctant to hire you if you bagged out your previous employer on Twitter, or you’re tagged in photo revealing last weekend’s bender on Facebook.
- Research, research, research
Researching the company you are applying for demonstrates that you understand what they do, their company language, what they want to achieve and that you are keen to work there. A common question that is asked by employers in an interview is “So tell me what you know about [company name]”. Utilise the company’s website, social media, annual reports and brochures to ensure you fully understand the company and are ready to answer any question about it that might be fired at you during an interview.