Whether you’re still in school or university, or fresh into the world of work, finding a job can be difficult, especially when you’re a young person in the job market.
After all, it can be hard to distinguish yourself among the thousands of other people, the same age, who are also looking for a way to showcase their potential.
To help you out, we’ve pulled together some advice on how you can stand out from the crowd as a young person in the job market.
Use what you have
This step is key. You may not have the same work experience as someone who has been working for ten years, but you do have other advantages. It’s all about displaying in the right way.
Adolescence is often when you have the most time available to you. Did you ever join a school club or take on any other extracurricular activities? Perhaps you entered a sporting competition or two?
All of these are great additions to your character, despite how small they sound. They show that you can dedicate your time to something and are determined to learn new skills and develop what you know.
It’s important to show an employer that you’ll fit well into the role and also have a personality which stands out.
For example, if asked why you should get the job, you could talk about how you’ve learnt team work and developed your communication from the past experiences outlined above.
This is most effective if you can show how this makes you a better prospective employee than someone else. Emphasise what they’ve taught you; you’ve got a young, fresh outlook at your disposal, don’t be afraid to use it.
Adopt the right attitude
Having the right attitude and the right look can be everything. It’s critical that potential employers see you as someone who can handle the job.
Looking and acting professionally can be the difference between getting the job and being told it’s a no. The right look can show an air of professionalism that your age may not be able to speak for on its own.
When it comes down to it, you need to show an employer that you’re mature and are going to be a competent and reliable member of staff.
Additionally, you may look the part, but to really shine, you need to act the part. Good communications skills, willingness to listen intently and a good manner can all show you off to be a very professional employee.
Also, remember to research the job and pluck up the courage to ask some questions at the end of your interviews.
Let your skills shine
You may still be wondering ‘what if I don’t have the right experience?’ This is a very valid point. According to UCAS, lack of work experience is the main reason employers turn young applicants away.
So, the question is how can you tackle this issue? The skills you’ve learnt will be your best friend here. School, college and University projects are great and full of ways to showcase your skills.
Likewise there’s an array of skills which come from education and other opportunities around that. Certain subjects can give you a boost, such as:
- Languages: Show your communications skills
- ICT: Shows a good level of digital literacy
- Maths: Gives a good indicator for logic and comprehension
Another way you can help yourself stand out is with by researching what skills the employer favours and giving examples of how you meet these.
For example, you could use a situation in an engineering class that meant you had to think critically in order to develop a solution. You may want to show you have team work skills by giving examples of group projects you’ve worked on.
The trick is to show an employer that these skills are what make you a great employee despite being a young person in the job market.
Believe in yourself
Confidence is extremely important. Showing an employer the attitude that you know you can do it means much more than just saying so.
In addition, believing that you can do it is key. After all, if you don’t then it’s always going to be much harder to convince others that you’re able to do something.
Alongside the right attitude, if you can go in and tell them that you’re the right person for the job, it’s a sure-fire way to give yourself an edge against the crowd.
However, don’t mix up confidence and arrogance. Being too cocky and not having any evidence to back you up will only result in employers not being as keen to pick you out.
Make your stand as a young person in the job market
Are you ready to jump into the job market?
Just keep in mind that it’s all about presenting yourself with a good manner and building on what you already have. The good news is, everything is based on you and what you’ve done, so it’s all down to you to make it known.
Hopefully these tips will give you some confidence that will really help you to stand out from the crowd.
About the author: Rebecca Parker is an A level student aspiring to be both a writer and a psychologist. She currently studies English Literature, Biology and French alongside having worked in the retail, hospitality and childminding industries (including abroad). Her hobbies include reading, writing, piano, geocaching and travelling.