WANT to make sure you can always find a job? Then know what makes you attractive to employers and continuously enhance your employability, says recruiting expert Hays.

Having the right mindset and remaining open to acquiring new skills in the rapidly changing world of work are also important, says the recruiter.

“In today’s jobs market, employees can no longer count on their manager or company to guarantee their job for them,” says Ms Christine Wright, operations director of Hays in Asia.

“Having the right attitude and enthusiasm for your job is just one step in the process. There are several other steps you can take to ensure you can always find a job.”

According to Hays, these include:

•       Maintaining the right attitude: Positive actions and words can help build confidence that you
are doing what you can to ensure you will always be working.

•       Identifying macro trends: Keep on top of industry trends so you can make informed decisions about your training and development.

A macro trend is one that is widespread and will continue for a long time, for example, the ageing of populations in developed countries. Having the right skills at the right time ensures you will be employable and in demand.

•       Keeping your resumé up to date: It doesn’t matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have: If your resumé is poorly presented or badly written, you will have trouble getting the job you want — or even an interview. So keep it up to date and include examples of how you have contributed to your employer’s workplace.

•       Creating a 30-second introduction: Whether you are looking for a new position now or sometime in the future, your 30-second introduction is an important tool as it creates the first impression. Information should include your name, the type of position you seek specifically, your skills and strengths, and background or accomplishments.

•       Networking regularly: Professional networking is important, both in person and via social media. Hays recommends creating and maintaining a LinkedIn profile and being active in endorsing skills and asking others to endorse your skills or provide recommendations.

Attending company events and gatherings is equally important. And make sure you connect with a reputable recruiter who can help you advance in your career.

•       Developing your skills: If your company offers opportunities for professional development courses, take advantage of as many as you can.

This way, your technical skills will be at the highest level. You could also seek out an opportunity outside work, maybe through a course, seminar or workshop, or a volunteer opportunity, in order to learn something that enhances your existing skills or builds new ones.

Article by Chris Mead, regional director of Hays Singapore and Malaysia. Hays is a leading recruiting expert in qualified, professional and skilled people. For more information, visit www.hays.com.sg