How to Celebrate International Workers’ Day When You’re Unemployed

As International Workers’ Day is being celebrated around the globe, we’d also like to take a moment to recognise the job seekers. With global unemployment rising, finding a job these days is, in itself, a job. You’re unemployed and looking for work, we’re here to tell you not to give up, we know how tough it is out there and we want to do all we can to help.

Don’t celebrate what you don’t have, celebrate your potential.

unemployed on international workers day

5 Tips to help you get hired

Education is important and while analysing JobisJob data, we’re finding it to be more important than ever. According to job listings on our site, having more education means a higher salary. As a university graduate, one is 42% more likely to earn double the average salary of someone who has no university studies. This number only increases as more schooling is completed. Postgraduate employees are 3 times more likely to earn £20,000 over the graduate average income and those with doctorate degrees are 4 times more likely to earn £20,000 over a graduate income.

Ok, so you didn’t graduate from university, not everyone had the desire or means to do so. That’s fine. Online courses and classes at trade schools are available to everyone, and at a much lower cost than traditional universities.

Foreign language: The UK is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities, with global companies and organisations expanding, having employees who speak more than one language is highly valued. It’s never too late to learn a new language, and with online tools and apps like Duolingo, there’s no excuse. If you need a little more motivation, we’ve got it: being able to speak a foreign language increases your earning potential to double the average salary. Get to it, amigo!

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Skills: Technology moves fast but we’ve got to move faster. Being open to learning new skills always works to your advantage. Just make sure you’ve got the appropriate skills needed for the job you’re applying for, and if you don’t, there are classes and courses available both online and in trade schools.

Network. We’ve said it a hundred times, but what’s one more? Networking is one of the most important hiring tools in today’s job market. Use the tools you have. These days, everyone is on social media, even your mum!  With all your friends and acquaintances in one place, you’re bound to find someone who can give you a hand.

Here’s a good tip we’ve learned recently. “Never eat lunch alone.” Make a date to meet up with your professors, your friends, your neighbour, your old tennis coach, you never know how far a friendly lunch hour can get you.

CV. Your CV is you, on paper. It’s a portrait of who you are, both as an individual and an employee. Highlight your greatest assets, achievements and experiences. Customise your CV to each job you apply for, using keywords associated with the job title.

In honour of International Workers’ Day, let’s not forget about the workers who fought hard for the rights we have today. At JobisJob, we’re celebrating all the hard workers out there, both those who have a job and those in search of one. 

Jeannine for JobisJob

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