1. Relevant Experience- This is a must! Employers want to see that you know what you're doing! Taking a chance on an applicant with no relevant experience is too risky, especially when there is such a large pool of potential employees on the market. Experience doesn't just have to be a former job. It can be from internships, volunteering, or even an involved school/community project. Be Creative!
2. Stable Employment History- Employers don't want job hoppers! Hiring a new employee is risky because it is expensive to train an employee to become efficient at their job. High turnover can eat away at a company's bottom line. Just be careful when you select your next job, because you should stay at least 2-3 years in that position.
3. Entrepreneurial Experience- Do you own a small business? Have you ever owned a small business? Companies look for candidates that have this kind of experience in every industry. Why? Owning a business takes a LOT of hard work and persistence. Entrepreneurs also have a sense of all the expenses involved in a running a business. Employers believe that they will be more efficient and cost saving employees.
4. Education- Think of education as the foundation to a house. Education is learning the basics and history of a particular subject to help you increase your knowledge about that subject. This will pave the way for your career so you don't build a house of cards (and see it collapse).
Sure, you can train someone how to give a flu shot. Could you expect that same person to know how it works or what to do if something goes wrong? Employers realize that employees with formal training have a more thorough understanding of their industry.
5. Extra-curricular Activities- No one wants to hire "plain Jane" that doesn't have a personality or life outside work. Companies look for employees that won't "burnout". They want to see that you have other interests besides your job field. Activities also show a new boss that you "get along with others" and are approachable. It doesn't matter what you do: bull riding, skydiving, scuba diving, sports, reading, dancing, horticulture, etc. Make sure you let them know that you are no "plain Jane".
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