How to Take Advantage of the Skills Gap and Find a Job
Published on December 3, 2014 by Staff Writer
There’s no denying that the job market has been tough. But if you’ve been having a hard time finding a good job, take heart – there are opportunities out there. Multiple industries are facing a skills gap and employers are struggling to find employees with the skills and experience they want to fill open positions.
The skills gap may be a problem for employers, but it can be an opportunity for you to find a job or make a career move. Here’s how to take advantage of the skills gap.
Find the gap that works for you
As with most opportunities, finding the right one will take some work on your part. There are skills gaps in different industries in different regions of the country, so it will take some research to find the right opportunity for you.
You need to seek out the gaps that could benefit you.
- Check news stories for mentions of skills gaps in your region.
- Monitor job boards for local employers to see what positions are posted regularly or left open for extended periods.
- Use job search tools like Monster, CareerBuilder and Indeed to see what jobs are open in your area.
- Recruiters can also be a source of information. They work with multiple employers and may see common gaps that they can share.
- Your local career college may also work with employers in your community and know what key skills are needed.
In general, the STEM fields are seeing significant skills gaps. Science, technology, engineering and math career opportunities are expanding faster than the supply of prepared employees. Technical skills are important in these fields, but soft skills like communication and management are also areas of need.
Match your interests, skills and abilities to gaps
Once you find what areas of need exist, you can determine what opportunities appeal to you. List your skills, experience and strengths to see where they match with the skills gaps in your target area. Don’t be afraid to consider new industries and areas of growth. The employment picture is changing constantly. New jobs are being created, so be open to new opportunities.
Focus on the industries and employers that appeal to you so you can focus on what training you need to take advantage of those opportunities.
Find the skills needed
Now that you have a list of possibilities, make a list of the key skills needed for those jobs. Focus on the ones that you will need to acquire as well as those that employers are struggling to find so you can include those in your resume and cover letter when you are ready to apply. Review job descriptions and talk to those in the field to find the right skills.
When you have your list of needed skills, you can start researching how to get them most effectively. Depending on the types of skill, it may be something you can learn online, through a class or internship, or by earning certificate or degree.
Broadview University is a career college that works with employers to learn what skills and experience are needed to get jobs and build careers. Our programs are built using this input to make sure our students gain the skills and hands-on experience needed to enter a career field.
We offer certificates, diplomas, associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields like business, technology, health science, legal studies, drafting and animal science.
Build skills and experience
Employers are looking for employees to be productive from their first day. Having hands-on experience as well as the technical and people skills needed will help you bridge the skills gap.
Broadview University offers
- A hands-on education
- Instructors with real-world experience
- A curriculum developed with input from employers
- Small class sizes that allow for individualized attention
- Applied learning opportunities that provide career experience before graduation
Put your plan in place and gain the skills and experience you need. Set a timetable to complete your goals and start your job search.
Now that you have completed your training, update your resume and social media profiles to reflect your new skills and highlight the experience you have gained. Make sure to include the key skills you found doing your research as employers are looking for those. Start applying for new positions and make the skills gap work for you.