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Know what employers want

Finding a job can be difficult in the current environment, especially with limited experience. But, there are certain attributes that employers look for in a would-be apprentice or trainee. And, the more of these qualities you possess, the better your chances are of landing the job.

1. Reliability

An employer wants to know that they can rely on you. They're employing you to do a specific job and need to know that they can count on you to do that job to the best of your ability. Being reliable makes you an asset. Being unreliable makes you a liability.

2. Punctuality

An employer wants to know that you'll arrive at work on time. If they hire you to work specific hours and you're not there, they need to find someone to cover for you. And, this puts strain on your boss and co-workers.

3. Ambition

What you lack in skills and experience, you can make up for in ambition. Young people are often perceived as lazy or just doing enough to get by. Employers really appreciate people on the payroll who are ambitious and driven to succeed.

4. A positive 'can-do' attitude

Employers see this as a major asset. They are always happy to train people who are eager to learn and ready to tackle any task with enthusiasm.

5. A willingness to learn

An employer wants to know that you're able and willing to learn new things. They're also impressed by people who go the extra mile without being asked.

6. Self-motivation

Nobody wants an employee who constantly has to be told what to do and when to do it. Being able to work independently and get things done without prodding or instruction is golden.

7. A passion for the industry

An employer can train a person to do a job. But, they can't instil a passion for the job. Show your enthusiasm by learning everything you can about the industry, the company and what they do best.

8. Good grooming

Employers hire people who are well groomed and dress appropriately for the job. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And, an employer starts forming an opinion of you based on what they see.

9. Good manners

This is important to employers, because employees represent their business. They want someone who will be courteous to customers and co-workers alike, because it's also important that you can work well as part of a team.

10. Good communication

Brush up on your writing skills and general speech. If you want a paying job, you need to demonstrate that you have the basic education to do it. Try to drop the 'ums' and 'like'.

Just keep practicing.