With unemployment rates on the rise, it is clear to anyone searching for a new career, or even their first job, that competition is fierce, whatever your field. Having multiple skills, or even the ability to transfer your current skills to a different type of job can make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers. It is, therefore, worthwhile considering what other skills you can bring to the table rather than relying on a predictable skill-set to get you a job.
Almost any hobby can be translated into an essential skill for the workplace: whether you enjoy the thrill of playing online casino games in your spare time, or thrive on the satisfaction gained from completing the Times crossword, read on to discover how you can use the activities you love to secure your dream job. As industries and companies with an online presence continue to diversify themselves, it could prove essential to diversify your skillset as well.
1. Keep Your Hobbies Relevant
Highlighting hobbies on your CV was once thought to be a pointless task, but according to the BBC, employers actually do take note of your interests outside work. Why? Because your preference for certain activities reveals an aptitude for specific skills. For example, you may think that your penchant for Sudoku makes you seem like a bit of a lonely geek, but it actually shows a natural ability for thinking strategically, a skill many employers admire. Being a closet poet or wannabe author shows you possess a creative side which will be appreciated by employers for Communications and Arts roles.
But, it is essential that you keep your hobbies relevant to the job for which you are applying so that it is clear what talents and skills you can bring to the role. So if you have an aptitude for social media and blog-writing you might find it surprising that even online casino companies like Lucky Nugget, though their main focus remains slots and poker, might just need your talent having expanded their business profile to include a blog.
2. Give Yourself a Sporting Chance
One place, which may not strike you as the most obvious resource for employability inspiration, is the world of celebrity. No matter how talented an individual they may be, a celebrity’s time in the spotlight may well have an expiration date, and this is especially true for those who have made a name for themselves in sports. Numerous athletes choose to diversify when it comes to their careers, planning for the future when they will no longer be physically fit enough to compete at a high level.
A prime example of such diversification is world-renowned tennis star and poker player, Vince Van Patten, who, not satisfied with also being a successful actor, is now adding screenwriter to his ever-expanding resume. Discussing his plans to write the best poker film yet, Patten is quoted on the Lucky Nugget Casino site, as saying, “I think they’ve missed the mark, for the most part, I’ll hit it.” Patten’s new venture is a prime example of how one can apply current skills to a new occupation, with his knowledge and experience of professional poker adding authenticity to his proposed script.
3. Retrain for More Prospects
It may be that you have yet to discover your skills and enrolling on a course, or two could be just what you need to reveal your hidden talents. If you are unemployed, you could be eligible for free courses that lead to recognised qualifications, and if you already have a job, but want to take your career in a different direction, there are many night time courses out there to fit around your working schedule.
Gaining relevant training does not necessarily mean enrolling on a course, and if you are prepared to work for free to get the training you need, you can gain essential experience and references. Once you have your sights set on a specific career, research relevant companies in your area and write to them requesting work experience.
If you are finding it difficult to get an interview, never mind a job, you need to remember that you have more to give than you may realise, and thinking beyond the norm really can enhance your career opportunities.
Have you used any of the tips mentioned above to get a job or change careers? Let us know in the comments.