Are you employable?

  February 27, 2017

To be honest, on the face of it you are probably not. Odds are that as a graduate you will have a pretty bland CV, very little or no work experience, a pretty dire knowledge of the skills required to excel in the workplace, and probably unreasonable expectations about what you 'should' be paid and how fast you should progress up the ranks. So no, on paper you probably don't look very employable.

But that's the problem with paper, and that is why much more stock is put into the interview phase of an application – this is where you can really showcase your skills, personality and enthusiasm to your potential employer, in short it's where you can shine. However if you can't find a way to glow on paper, then your chances of ever actually getting to the interview stage are pretty slim, meaning no matter how great you really are, you may never get the chance to show it off.

So how can you fix this issue? Well for a start, let's ask the question again? Are you employable? It might be a question you don't actually know the answer to, especially if you've not actually had a job before, so let us help you decide: are you hard working? Are you willing to learn? Do you want to put your skills and education to good use? Do actually want a job?

If you answered yes to all of those (the last one is particularly important) then you'll be pleased to know that, yes, you are employable! Excellent. Now the trick is to showcase this to potential employers. But just saying all of the above isn't enough, because, news flash, that's what every other graduate in the world is going to be saying. How, then, can you avoid getting lost in the graduate crowd? How can you show how employable, and perfect for the job you are? The secret is actually pretty easy – be yourself. A lot of people get so caught up on the 'proper way' to do a CV; what should be on it, what do you need to highlight, how should it be laid out? All of these things are actually inconsequential; all employers really want to see on a CV is a hint of the person they are reading about. This is why 'stunt' CV attempts such as designing your own website that tells a company all about you, or putting your CV on a cake or sending a video message, have become all the rage. Job seekers are trying to find new ways to stand out, but more importantly show who they are and what they can do. Building a beautiful website is a great CV for a web designer, and baking a cake CV is a perfect approach for a chef application, but neither would be overly appropriate if you're applying for veterinarian school. And you don't have to go to these extremes, but do take the golden nugget from these examples and find a way to be yourself and really highlight what it is you excel at and can offer a company. There really are perfect jobs out there for everyone, you just have to take a different approach in your hunt, so that it can find you.

Luckily to help you do this without having to learn how to bake or code, you can take a simpler route and just fill out your Happy Work profile. This gives you the opportunity to really sell yourself and prove what skills and attributes you have, and once you've done that, the jobs will literally come to you.