Trying to get a job in the modern world is often a very scary endeavor. From the very beginning, it will be apparent that competition is rife, and you’re going to have to do a lot to impress the employers available to you.

There are a lot of candidates for most of the roles you’ll be applying for, making it hard to feel confident, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, with the right effort, you can boost your resume, giving yourself an edge in this cut-throat arena, and this post is going to show you how to achieve it this year.

Volunteer Experience

By showing that you’re willing to sacrifice your free time for no reward is a great way to display your ability to work hard. Most charities will be happy to make use of your skills no matter what they are, even if you think you have little to no skills.

This sort of experience can be used to get a new job, improve what you already have, or simply make you feel a little better about what you do with your time. Of course, though, it’s not your only option, and you don’t always have to work for free.

Spare Time Education

A lot of people find it very hard to get a traditional education once they have left school. In the past, this would leave you without a way to get into a qualification-based role, but times have changed.

Now, it’s nice and easy to study, even if you have a lot of work to do around it.

  • Online: The Internet has made it possible to access loads of information without any cost at all. Adobe Premiere and Microsoft excel learning resources can be found all over the web, and a lot of employers are becoming more open to taking them seriously when you’re going for a job. This can make your life a lot easier, even if it’s just when it comes to the work you’re doing already.
  • Hobbies/Interests: Along with using online courses, a lot of people find that simply taking up a hobby can be a great way to learn some useful skills. If you like computers, for example, learning how to code would give you a good background in loads of different areas, like maths and logic. This sort of approach can be taken with almost any skill which can be transferred to work.

Community Work

Finally, as the last option in this list, it’s time to think about another form of volunteering. Instead of spending your time working for charities, though, you’ll be looking at your local community to see where change can be made.

Efforts like working with youth clubs, church or ethnic groups to bring everyone closer together will be very evident, and you will be able to put this sort of experience all over your resume. So look out for communities and even if you have to work for a few hours per week, that is valuable experience you might not find sitting at home. Also, you can brush up your skills and add it to your resume.

Writing a good resume is more than simply making it sound good. Along with this, your prospective employers will want to see that you’re willing to work hard, and having some additional skills is a great way to show this.

These sort of methods can be helpful in loads of situations, even if you have no formal qualifications whatsoever.

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