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While the skills gap continues to plague the global workforce, this is a perfect opportunity for job seekers to learn and develop skills in order to shrink the gap. By knowing the types of skills hiring managers are looking for and how to obtain them, it can give you a leg up on the competition.

Here’s how to stand out as a candidate in today’s job market:

Think Outside the Box

One of the biggest concerns we hear is that when baby boomers retire there won’t be anyone left who knows how to do industry-specific, skilled jobs. One of the best ways to combat this issue is to think about alternatives to a traditional 4-year degree, such as:

  • Technical/Trade Schools
  • Skill/Industry Certification Programs
  • Apprenticeships
  • Online/Distance Learning

WSI Tip: Consider researching the job market in your region to better understand what industries have the best outlook.

Tailor Your Resume

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – Tailor. Your. Resume.

When applying for a job, it’s important to tailor your resume for the specific job or industry you’re looking to get into. No specific experience? No worries. Show recruiters how your past experiences will transfer to this new role. (P.S. At WSI, many of our entry-level positions aren’t looking for experience, but a culture fit.)

Don’t Underestimate Soft Skills

Speaking of experience – soft skills count. Were you a dependable team-player in your last role? Do you have a positive attitude? These are skills that can’t necessarily be taught. Many companies would rather train specific skills than hire someone who already has them but has a bad attitude.

Work With a Staffing Firm

Research shows using a staffing firm is a great way to get your foot in the door and get hands-on experience in a new industry. At WSI, a majority of our manufacturing and light industrial jobs come with the opportunity to be hired in, with potential for career growth. (For a list of current openings, head here.)

Luckily for you, the tight labor market means you have an upper hand in today’s job market. Use that to your advantage!

 

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