With the recent job cuts in the IT industry and the overall unease regarding employment in the past few years, people are now looking at a bleak growth in the job sector. According to a report published in Hindustantimes.com: “Between July 2014 and December 2016, the eight major sectors of manufacturing, trade, construction, education, health, information technology, transport, and accommodation and restaurant created 641,000 jobs, data show, not including jobs created between January 2016 and March 2016, for which data are unavailable. In comparison, these sectors had added 1.28 million jobs between July 2011 and December 2013, according to labour ministry data. This is based on data collected by the government from non-farm industrial units that have 10 or more workers in these eight sectors. “These surveys are being conducted in selected sectors of the economy which are sensitive to the global factors and employment intensive,” a 2016 labour ministry report said.” Keeping these in mind, one needs to think that what do the future job prospects hold for the young population of India? And how exactly can they expect to become an important asset in their respective industries? While different industries demand different levels/kinds of skills, qualifications, and interests, there are a few skills that are universal when it comes to being employable in this age and time. The most important ones can be highlighted as follows:
- Enhance your networking skills: No matter which sector you’re in, networking always helps. It helps you build your contacts and understand what is really going on in the business.
- Keep your resume updated: Don’t lie on your resume, also don’t forget to miss out on important information which you think can be crucial for your employment.
- Engage on social media: Build up your profile with connections which are active in their domains. For example, a well built and recommended LinkedIn profile with a good number of connections has a better chance of receiving communications for jobs than the ones which are not.
- Make profiles on job portals and keep updating them: Job search portals like Naukri.com and Monster.com are now established as eminent ones to look up for possible opportunities. Make sure you upload your resume on these portals and continuously update them.
- Keep polishing your skills: No matter how busy you might be, take out time to get enrolled in any relevant course for your domain online or through distance learning. It helps you keep your edge and get ahead in the prospects of employability.
- Take initiatives: Be it your current job or any other place where you want to scale up your strengths and play down your weaknesses while working on them, you need to start taking initiatives. It is a trait that is appreciated not only in professional circles but also has a huge impact on personal lives.
- BU Start learning how to step out of your comfort zone. Experiment with your specialization and learn new things. It always helps when you learn something out of your specialization and hence become more knowledgeable.
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