Hoping to get onto the next rung of the career ladder with a big promotion, or are you looking to change careers? If so, you’ll need to spruce up your resume and fine tune your interview skills to impress employers and stand out from the crowd. We all know that the right education, experience and things like voluntary work are important, but what else do employers look for? Here are three things you might not have realised they wanted!

A driving license with access to a vehicle

Even if you the job you’re applying for has nothing to do with driving, having a license with access to your own vehicle is always going to be a good thing for employers. This is especially true if you live a little further out, or if you’re required to work very early or late- even on some days. There are occasions when public transport won’t be running or will be delayed, and being able to drive generally means you’re more reliable when it comes to getting to work. If the job you’re applying for requires you to drive with your own car (for example, courier work or community care work) then without this you’ll be completely ruled out. If you have a driving license but only currently use a motorcycle, you could look to get the best price for your motorbike and purchase a car instead.

Interesting hobbies

It might seem a little curious as to why employers are interested in your hobbies. After all, most of us are very different in our regular lives outside work- so why do they need to know? Well actually, hobbies can give a massive insight as to who you are as a person, the kinds of skills you’re likely to have and even how well you work with others. If the job is very team focused for example, then having a team sport on your resume is going to help you stand out. But be wary, as sometimes hobbies could put employers off. For example, if the job you want requires you to be very level headed and make rational decisions, having a white knuckle sport on your resume might suggest you’re a bit of a risk taker. While you won’t want to lie, it’s important to tailor your resume to what employers are looking for. Decode the job ad, try and work out the kinds of skills and personality they want for the role and then present yourself as this person.

Your expression and body language

The things we say only portray a small message. The rest comes across in our body language, expression and more. When interviewing, most employers will be looking for candidates who are confident, open and comfortable and so be sure to stand (and sit) up straight. Avoid crossing your arms, frowning or looking bored. It’s important to keep a pleasant expression but avoid over smiling which can come across forced and fake. Control your nerves and go in with a relaxed peace of mind, and your expression and body language should convey this.

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