- Identify what that market is looking for by researching the industry, competitors and then ensure they are in a position to offer both technical skills and experience accordingly.
- Think of yourself as a product that needs to be continually upgraded. Get equipped and stay equipped, if you are in a position to, consider studying for professional qualifications or taking a short course.
- Use STAR to help you get a clear understanding of your key strengths and potential development needs. This will help to improve the planning of your approach.
- Transferable skills are important to highlight, you may have only your degree under your belt at the moment but don't forget about the huge amount of planning, organisational and team working skills you bring with you - these are invaluable for your first role.
- Interpersonal and other non-technical skills and competences are just as important. Sell yourself succinctly with a pre-prepared 30 second commercial.
- Make yourself known in the industry – network with those who have a good reputation and get introduced to those who have influence in the industry.
- Ensure you are aligning yourself with the needs of the wider job market and not just the requirements of the company you are applying to.
- Finally use online networking to expand your knowledge, improve your research and increase your reputation through recommendations from those in the know...
Selling your value
With a new year we may have hoped for some new news... unfortunately the plight of young job searchers is still very much a hot topic. So, new year, new approach as we discussed in the last two posts but what exactly can you be doing to help sell your value? We believe it goes further than the perfect CV and interview techniques... So, read our top tips on increasing your market value and how to get the best out of the jobs market this 2011.