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Job search creativity is paramount because of the sheer number of applicants who apply for the same jobs. A recent study revealed that more than 100 people apply for the same job, no matter what job it is. With over 100 people lobbying for the same work position that you desire, you're going to have to do something to make yourself more marketable. Here are some helpful tips.


1. List Your Computer ProficiencyPhoto: kut.org

Computer and software proficiency is in the top 10 list of skills that employers desire and have desired for years. Therefore, don't be too shy to list your computer software experiences on your resume even if you don't think it's significant. Your knowledge and experience in that one program could be the very reason that a prospective employer calls you.


2. Cross Educate Yourself

Cross education is a new tool that people are using to position themselves higher in the job search market. For example, let's say that your goal is to land an accounting job at a pharmaceutical company, and your major course of study is accounting. You may want to obtain pharmaceutical sales training as well as accounting training. That way, you could get a job in pharmaceutical sales even if you aren't the company's first pick for the accounting job. This can work with any line of employment, and it's well worth investing in the training.


3. Offer Open Availability

You can make yourself more marketable immediately by offering open availability. Open availability means that you are willing to come in for an employer at any time on any day and even if it means that you have to drop everything. You may have the opportunity to express your open availability at some point during the application process. Make sure you put it in there for them to see it, but only do it if you're sincere about it. The goal is not just to land a job but to keep it for the duration. Thus you can only say you're open if you're actually open. Open availability is quite desirable, and not a lot of applicants have it. It will definitely give you an edge.


4. Highlight Your Sales and Customer Service Experience

Sales and customer service are a part of every job, and experience in the positions may catapult your placement on the list of applicants. Employers look for people who can cater to their customers, and they appreciate employees who can push their products and services in a way that works, too. Do spotlight your sales and customer service experience even if the position that you're applying for isn't one of those. You could give yourself an additional edge if you can add any statistics regarding your sales efforts.


5. State Management Experience

Another way that you can make yourself more marketable is to stress your management experience. You don't have to be an ex-store manager or the CEO of a company to get a prospective employer's attention. You can get the same attention even if you were in a lead position or training in management in the past. What they're looking for is your problem solving skills and your ability to work with others to achieve a common goal and succeed. It's also a good thing if you have amazing operational skills. Don't skip over the experience on your resume even if you don't think it will make an impact. Again, it may be an element that separates you from many of the other applicants. You'll want to give yourself as much of an advantage as possible because many people will be competing with you.

The tips mentioned above should help you to take some steps that could boost your eligibility for a hire. Try some of them before you go for your next job and then watch your growth from applicant to new employee.

Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.

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