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UNUSUAL WAYS TO GAIN EXTRAORDINARY WORKPLACE SKILLS

Big business is looking for smart people with work experience.
It then becomes a chicken or egg dilemma. You ask yourself, how can I get business experience if I am not hired? The good news is there are ways you can practice workplace skills and evidence these in your CV without formal employment in your career history. In an overcrowded job market, you can create a better version of yourself in a non-traditional way. My advice is you get cracking, long before you embark on your job-hunting journey

Let’s consider some of the skills you can practice and how, where and when you can acquire this experience without a “real job”.

The top 9 skills recruiters look for:

  1. Leadership
  2. Communication
  3. Decision-making
  4. Problem-solving
  5. Entrepreneurship
  6. Collaboration
  7. Resilience
  8. Financial Management
  9. People skills

How, where and when? These are just some of the ways to showcase your skills, that are ripe for the picking.

• Leverage your studies: Aside from your valuable learnings, seek out group projects, thesis studies and speciality courses. Look for further free online learning opportunities aligned to the job of your dreams.
• Volunteer: Aside from volunteer work affording you deep meaning and purpose, volunteering can demonstrate your willingness to go the extra mile. It can offer you strength in teamwork. It demonstrates your ability to collaborate and evidences your aptitude to empathise. Volunteer in areas that are close to your future field of work. This could involve the recruitment of volunteers, planning a fundraiser, amongst other things.
• Get part-time work: There is nothing quite like showing a future employer your willingness to get your hands dirty. Recruiters are impressed by people who are not afraid to tackle less than rosy jobs.
• Start your own business: There is no doubt, starting your own business is not for the faint-hearted. Starting your own business will demonstrate your entrepreneurial spirit, financial management skills, customer excellence competence, marketing and sales capability, resilience, decision making, problem-solving and leadership proficiency.
• Join a club: Align your club activity to your desired future roles. If you wish to pursue a career aligned to financial management, volunteer to be the Treasurer. If you wish to pursue a marketing career, volunteer to promote membership or secure sponsorship funding. If you aspire to be a leader, put yourself forward as club president. Perhaps you want to showcase your writing skills, elect to write the monthly newsletter.
• Find a mentor: Often this stares us right in the face. You no doubt, have a family member, friend or friend of our family, who is respected in the formal job sector or in their successful entrepreneurial endeavours. Pick someone whose experience is aligned with your future career path. Make this person your best friend. Hang-out with them. Listen and learn.
• Become a “social butterfly”. Be prolific and profound. This will demonstrate your social media savvy and relevance for the job you apply for.

All these efforts will evidence your strengths, ambition and willingness to go the extra mile. They afford you the opportunity to test the waters and ensure your planned career will fulfil your aspirations. Make sure you evidence these hard-earned skills in a relevant way in your CV. It is widely accepted to have a category in your CV called “Related Experience”.
Ensure these efforts show up in your social media profiles. Recruiters look in unexpected places. It is time” to build “Brand You!” Keep a constant eye on how you show up in social media. Hone your business skills and find a way you can study and practice your management techniques simultaneously. The FPD Higher Certificate in Management affords our students the flexibility of learning whilst pursuing these far more practical real work experiences.

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