Over the last decade the job market has dramatically changed and unfortunately the job for life ethos is no-longer a viable option in the modern workplace. With many people being made redundant in their 40’s (for many of them this won't be the first time) and up to an estimated 50 candidates applying for each vacancy there are several basic but essential steps that can be taken to improve your chances of finding new employment. These steps can be done for FREE via the internet and include creating and updating your CV, looking at the latest job trends and skills that are in demand. Join social media groups (LinkedIn, Facebook etc...) to connect with business and individuals who may have vacancies and sign up for the latest email alerts for vacancies via job sites.
You may have many skills and years of experience but research shows a high percentage of potential employers prefer to hire younger individuals when the vacancy incorporates aspects of ICT (Information Communication Technology) within it. This is predominately due to the thought that older candidates are less likely to embarrass new technology or update their existing skills and to some degree this is reflected within their CV's.
What to Study
With over 99% of positions involving the use of ICT in some way or another it is vital that candidates have some knowledge of the most popular applications currently used. Most jobs will require the use of a Word-Processing (letters, invoices, labels, memos etc…) and Spreadsheet (data entry, charts, calculations etc…) programs. The most common version of these applications are incorporated within the Microsoft Office Suite with Microsoft Word (Word-Processing) and Microsoft Excel (Spreadsheets), this is due to Microsoft programs global easily availability to both companies and individuals.
What Qualification to Gain
Popular globally recognised qualifications which incorporate Microsoft Office products include are ITQ Advanced (Information Technology Qualification), ECDL Advanced (European Computer Driving Licence) and ICDL Advanced (International Computer Driving Licence).
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By Paul Buggs...