The economy is improving and experts are predicting that there will be thousands of jobs available this year. However, there are many people who will still have trouble finding employment.

make yourself more marketableThe good news is that you can find a job if you make yourself more marketable.

Below are some things that you can do to make yourself more marketable to potential employers.

  • Make Yourself More Marketable by Earning A Degree or Certification

Competition is one of the main reasons that so many people are struggling to find a job. Employers are looking for someone who stands out from the hundreds of people who are applying for the same position.

An employer will be more likely to hire a candidate with a degree. If you do not have a degree, you should consider going back to school and earning one.

School is one of the most worthwhile investments that you can make. If you do not have the time or inclination to earn a degree, you should consider earning certification in an area that will help you land a job quickly.

  • Make Yourself More Marketable by Gaining Some Experience

Education is great, but employers are also looking for someone who can apply the skills that they learn in the classroom. That is why you should get some experience in your chosen field.

For example, if you want to get a job in the nursing field, you should spend some time volunteering at a hospital. If you want to get a job as a teacher, you should volunteer as a teacher’s aide.

  • Make Yourself More Marketable by Improving Your Communication Skills

Employers are also looking for someone who can communicate universally. This is especially important if you want to get a job in a field where you want directly with people.

If communication is not your strong point, you may want to consider taking a course in public speaking or attending a seminar on improving communication skills.

  • Make Yourself More Marketable by Brushing Up On Your Interviewing Skills

The interview is often the make or break factor in the hiring process. Many qualified people have been denied the job of their dreams simply because they did not interview well. You should brush up on your interview skills by reviewing some of the questions that are commonly asked during an interview.

You may also want to consider doing a mock interview with one of your family members or friends. If you spend a lot of time practicing on a mock interview, you will be prepared when you get called in for a real one.

The job market is extremely tough and an uncertain economy does not make it any better.

You have to make yourself more marketable in order to get the job of your dreams.

You will be more likely to stand out from the thousands of people looking for a job if you have a degree or certification and experience in your chosen field. Strong communication and interview skills are also valued by employers.

Author Amanda Lee is a career counselor and content contributor for HomeTuitionAgency. a program emphasizing the importance of teaching English and Chinese to young children for increased international opportunities.