How To Boost Your Employability With These Easy Skills
Welcome to Day 3 of the 30 Day Challenge where a list of easy to acquire employability boost skills are on the agenda! In the following content, we will discuss the most demanded and basic skill set you should possess in order to increase your chances in almost any industry nowadays. Even though not all of the mentioned above is a must, they will give you a great competitive advantage among many other candidates, so let's get to it and ensure you an easy way to stand out on the job market immediately.
The duration of the job search process varies from person to person and is often dependent on the company and the industry that you want to work in. Unfortunately, sometimes it can take a lot longer than you expect to search for a job but we have some top tips to help you use this time wisely...
At Europe Language Jobs, one of our favourite mottos is to 'Never Stop Learning!' Even if you are extremely experienced and advanced within your career, it's important to keep learning new skills and to keep working towards a better version of yourself. During your job searching period, you may find that you have a lot more free time than usual and if so, this is the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills that will make you more employable!
Basic Computer Skills
Due to the rise in technology, new job roles and ways of working are constantly being introduced. There are so many job roles that exist today that didn't before, from Cloud Architects, Social Media Assistants, SEO Managers, Email Marketing Executives and many more! Within each of these roles and (the less-technical ones too), you will need a selection of computer skills and although they may seem obvious to some of you, not everyone is familiar with them! The type of programs and applications you use will depend on the company you work for and their preferences, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with a variety of different programs to boost your skillset!
1. Email & Scheduling apps
If you are searching for your first job out of college or university, it is completely normal to feel inexperienced in certain tasks, from writing emails to using the different calendar and email applications - but don´t worry, you can use this job searching period to familiarise yourself with these different activities! Some of the commonly used email apps and calendar apps are Google, Apple & Outlook.
2. Microsoft Office
Believe it or not, Microsoft Word and Excel are a staple in many offices. You might think that Excel is full of functions and formulas that are too complicated and irrelevant for many positions and industries, but it is also one of the best tools to make list and filter large amounts of information.
Google docs, Google sheets, slides, forms, app etc. - This is essential for modern job roles, these programmes are very advanced and accessible to all, so make the most of them!
4. Presentation Software
Powerpoint and Prezi might not be used on a daily basis in any job position, but can be a great addon to your skillset.
5. Video conference tools
Especially nowadays when working from home is becoming more common abound companies, it is essential to be able to connect to your colleagues. Zoom and Google Hangouts and Skype are a popular choice among companies, but also WhatsApp and Viber are commonly used.
6. Image editing tools
Yes, Adobe Photoshop can a hard thing to learn! However, you can try to familiarise yourself with Canva which is a very user-friendly software that gives you great versatility in terms of design templates.
7. CRM (Customer relationship management) tools
These are a category of software that help companies track interactions with their clients or collaborators. Features include logging in calls and emails, keep a client profile and following on historical communication with the client. Some companies have CRM tools made especially for them, and some use commercial ones such as Salesforce and HubSpot CRM.
8. Project Management Tools
Learning a new language can seem like a daunting and difficult task, but it's one of the most sought-after skills in employment. Of course, you can't just learn the ins and outs of a language in a couple of weeks but you can at least start! Learning a new language in your free time shows your motivation and dedication to self-teach and it most certainly helps you to stand out from the crowd! Along with all other benefits, according to studies, multilingual people earn 8% more than their monolingual fellows.
Learning a language doesn't have to be a time consuming and expensive process, there are fun ways to learn through courses, apps and other training methods. We highly recommend registering with ESL Language School, this is a fun and informative method of learning and a nice way to meet new people along the way.
It might also be a good idea to brainstorm a bit in advance which language might give you the most prospects. You can ask yourself questions like: Which languages are in the highest demand in the market you are interested in? ; Which language do you feel most passionate about maybe because it’s close to your native one or you always wanted to learn it?
An easy way to take the plunge with a new language is to use an app on your phone and learn on the go, especially if you are a beginner. Apps like Duolingo, Memrise, Babbel and Busuu can be your first steps to success.
By learning a new language, you show potential employers your determination and motivation to learn things outside of your career. By becoming multilingual you are opening the doors to other opportunities around the world! In like manner, your CV language section gets more impressive and appealing to companies and recruiters. To ensure that it is also important how you write your language skills in the resume.
It's often a lot easier to learn a language after you have moved to that particular country, for this reason, we highly recommend moving abroad for a language course or relocating for a job, it's the best way to immerse yourself into the culture and start learning!
As we mentioned, it´s important to make good use of your time during your job search. As well as searching for new roles and opportunities, you can make yourself more employable by earning new reputable certifications in your field, learning new skills and as a result, becoming more advanced in your career!
These skills don´t just have to be digital, you may learn skills that can benefit your day-to-day life such as team building, public speaking or body language training. As we mentioned previously, no matter how experienced you are, it's important to never stop learning, by taking free (or paid) short courses online and adding the certification to your CV, you can make yourself stand out from other candidates. You may acquire a set of skills that lots of recruiters and employers are looking for!
There are a lot of different websites that you can use to practice and learn new skills online. Here are a very small selection of them;
Consider an Internship
Use this reflection period to define your career path and discover exactly what type of role you are looking for. By learning completely new skills during this job searching period, you can open the door to new opportunities that you might not have considered before! An alternative yet effective way of gaining these new skills is by completing an Internship!
Internships enable you to 'test the waters' in your desired field before committing to a full-time job. By completing an internship, you can improve your existing skills whilst learning a selection of new skills in a hands-on environment.
Internships allow you to gain valuable experience in your industry, network with relevant people and to 'get your foot in the door' in that particular company or industry.
Remember - don´t be disheartened if you are having trouble learning at home, the most important thing is that you start the process of learning a language to show employers that you are an active learner. Speaking of languages (pardon the pun) tomorrow we will be revealing where in Europe your language is in demand...
Oct 7, 2020 by The ELJ Team
At the end of 2019 I went deep into IT. I've learned some algorithm basics, JAVA and made a course on SAP. The problem is having an opportunity to start! And if you are already in your 40's...
Being a lifelong learner, I have found a lot of courses on edX as well (it is a learning platform). I like also Duolingo, it can be fun learning new languages on the go.
Missing the Netherlands, but amazong insight
I have see the important of languages learning and motivating me to go for liquistic study, so that it can create more room for me in the Job search. Thank you alot for the great awakening of people to the importance of languages study. Compelling me to go for study. I am Senegalese can speak french and English , then going for spanish and German.
I get all the inspiration from you, nowadays the more languages you know the better your chances of finding a job and coping in other countries. I am currently learning German and trying to devote as much time as possible to learning it. Thank you for the 30 days challenge I learn new things every day that can help me find a job in other countries
Very good one, It's very informative for all job hunters with the real road map to a career goal.
Updating and learning more is in the plan now...
i'm improving my english level, selfeducation and use coursera different courses , also i've learned and got certificate from basic knoweledges in QA testing
I am studying Bulgarian (self study) with my partner that is Bulgarian and a podcast for Bulgarian 101. When we are in Bulgaria I am sure this will go a lot quicker as I will be fully immersed in the language and the people.
I also study a few courses through Centre of Excellence and have completed a Virtual Assistant Diploma and am currently busy with a Blogging Diploma
I love languages! I speak six and I want to study more, but I prefer to study languages with a real person, because this way I study faster. Anyway, to maintain the level of the language that I dont use in daily life that Apps are very useful. Thank you for a list with some courses, I was looking for them everywhere and I couldn´t find a proper one for me. This is a really good way to improve my CV. Actually, yesterday I was thinking about studying Phoshop for me and after this article (blog?) I definitely should move forward and make my plan comes true!
Now I am finishing my Master Degree in Translating and Interpreting and I alsa want to improve my skills in this field. I agree that it doesn´t matter what happen with our labour-life, we don´t need to stop moving, in this case, we have to study more and find out new things, because we don´t know when we will use it!
6 languages under your belt is a great achievement! Make sure you put that in your profile and CV :)
I have started learning Spanish language. Also I work on my computer skills and want to learn project management.
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