Finding a job these days isn’t easy. There’s plenty of competition with scores of people applying for the same job. Talking about the battle for job placements, tv and radio host Larry King said: “Communications is the number one major in America today. CNN had 25 000 applicants for five intern jobs this summer.” It’s a combination of many things – from official qualifications to soft skills – which make you the perfect candidate. If you’ll be graduating soon, it’s time for you to start thinking about what you can do to make yourself employable. Upskill yourself There are certain skills which are essential for every workplace. Topping the list is likely the ability to understand information and write well, and complete computer work. If you feel you're lacking in these areas, do whatever it takes to spend some time practising the basics or consider completing computer courses. Stephen Covey, author of bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, said: “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.” Complete internships These are invaluable opportunities to learn from the experts. They already know what it’s like to work in your dream industry. Your colleagues will be able to tell if you’re on the right track and they’ll be able to give you invaluable advice about what your next move should be. As King mentioned above, competition for these spots is tough so be sure you give your best when you apply for an internship. Have hobbies These round out your CV and make you a more interesting person. No one wants to employ that boring person who spends every weekend sitting around and commenting on social media. But an employee who spends every weekend wine tasting, horse riding and mountain climbing is fun to chat with around the coffee machine and has a wealth of life experience. Fix up your CV and cover letter There’s not much that turns off a prospective employer faster than an incorrectly written CV and cover letter. You should use correct grammar and spelling in all forms of communication. There’s no reason to ever have a misspelled word in your CV. If you’re unsure, ask a friend to look it over. Ensure your intentions are clear and that you’re specific about the job you’re applying for and why you feel you’re qualified for the role. Be productive In the time between your graduation and your eventual position, you need to be productive with activities which will make you a more attractive employee. Your future employer will look at blank spaces on your CV and wonder what you were doing during this time. You need to be able to show what you were doing, whether you were volunteering, learning a new skill or completing an internship. Former US president Theodore Roosevelt, who understood the value of hard work, said: "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Image: Pexels

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