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3 Ways To Improve Your Employability

By admin
28 April 2015

We can have the success stories we have always dreamt of

Last week, I was pleased to read a post on Facebook as well as an article about Thulani Jama, a former security guard at the University of KwaZulu Natal, who made a decision to leave his job and go study full time.

Although he says he “had initially given up on becoming something better in life”, it is evident that Thulani there and then made up his mind to focus on the achievement of his goal. Despite the fact that he had bills to pay and needed to support his family, he refused to allow his circumstances to deter him from achieving his goals.

Thulani’s efforts were not in vain as he and his family celebrated his achievement. It was extra special when South Africans joined in and applauded Thulani. Through his efforts, Thulani improved his employability chances significantly.

www.wikipedia.org defines Employability as ‘a person's capability for gaining and maintaining employment. For individuals, employability depends on the knowledge, skills and abilities they possess, in addition to the way they present those assets to employers’.

You can also improve your employability by:

1. Increasing your knowledge: Although we have an alarming and growing number of graduates who are unemployed regardless of having studied, getting education remains one of the best ways to improve your employability.

2. Expanding on your skills: Thulani has set himself apart among other job seekers by developing and showing traits such as, but not limited to resilience, dedication, discipline and remaining focussed on achieving his goals. It is not enough to just have a qualification. You need to develop soft skills because employers look for the whole package. Another way of increasing your employability is through.

3. Volunteering for projects that you believe would help you advance your career in your department or organisation. If unemployed, volunteer for community projects. Through volunteering, you acquire more experience, build your CV and you improve your chances of networking while also expanding on your skills.

The way I see it, we have a choice: we can either focus on our concerns such as unemployment, the cost of living and job security in this economic climate or we can continually increase our employability so that we grab identified opportunities whenever possible.

We need more Thulanis (and I know they are out there) in our country who will inspire and make us realise we can have the success stories we have always dreamt of.

Francine Mashabela

Twitter: @ FranMashabela

Email: francine.mashabela@gmail.com

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Francine Mashabela is a Career Guidance Practitioner and founder of Uniquely U Personal Development and Career Management Services, a company dedicated to assisting individuals and groups with tools for personal development and career growth. She uses her experience in HR and education and training to help clients reach their dream career goals. Francine is also a radio presenter at Impact radio 103 fm.