Are you trying to find another job or maybe even your first? Just finished school or your university studies? Maybe you need a job right now, just to pay the bills?
These seven steps will secure the position you need, now and in the future.
1. Understand exactly what’s motivating you: Are you searching for your preferred position or is it all just $ signs and sacrificing total happiness for the quick win? Which stage of your life are you in? What is the best role to suit you?
2. What work type do you want? Full-time, casual, part-time, seasonal or self-employed looking to contract? Think about your other responsibilities in life and work out what you can comfortably commit to. Commitment and loyalty are two major attributes that an employer will look for in any new staff and you can guarantee it will be high on their keyword searches if they run your resume through a computer program or “resume reader”.
3. How far from home are you prepared to commute? Would you relocate for the right role? Is the time perfect for a sea-change or tree-change? Start with drawing a preferred distance circle on a map from your home. Think about transport options and how long you are prepared to spend commuting.
4. List the exact job titles and any other specific selection criteria you are looking for: This will help keep you on track and streamline your search filters
5. Do you have the right training, accreditation, tickets or experience for the roles you are searching for? If not, what steps are you going to take to secure the right qualifications? Start the ball rolling on this so that you can be on your way to your chosen career
6. Where to search for the job advertisements?
- Start with researching in your preferred location circle for the biggest employers within your area. Look for companies who have active and frequently updated recruitment sections on their website. Do any of the big employers have roles suited to your needs or skills?
- Use modern employment websites. Employers are turning to free alternatives for advertising their available roles. LinkedIn, Facebook and Gumtree are currently attractive options for job seekers to search for jobs and for employers to find potential employees. At the time this article was published Gumtree had 52,019 live job listings within Australia alone.
- Internet job boards like nowhiring.com.au are just as convenient and have large listings available to browse through. They have options for tailored searches to match all the requirements you have listed in the previous steps.
- The age old saying is it’s not what you know, it’s who you know: Ask your family and friends if they know of any one hiring or looking to fill roles. Use social media and tap into your 1500 Facebook friends. If you’ve just left university? Even better! Although you can’t remember where you met half of them, I bet they all know someone hiring or looking for staff.
- The local free weekly newspaper in your area: Is a relevant, localised source for job and business opportunities with its own complete employment classifieds section. This is a tried and tested way of being alerted to job opportunities in your local area.
7. Are you actually prepared to apply for new jobs?
You need to make sure your professional resume is up-to-date and tailored to different roles you are applying for. Make sure you look into what else you need for the application and any online modes of application are handy to use to get everything moving along.
- Can you write an acceptable cover letter or do you need to seek assistance? This is important because your cover letter is the first (and often the last) self-marketing tool that a prospective employer sees. This is your chance to make an impression and your cover note should be easily adjusted to cater to a variety of jobs or industries.
- How should I dress and present myself for the interview? You should always dress comfortably and a little bit sharply too. When you’re looking smart, there’s a certain spring in the step and confidence is very alluring. Put in some research on the company you’re applying for, and you should be able to make an educated guess as to the acceptable dress code. Try to dress to a similar to make sure you have a good knowledge of the workplace you are interviewing for.
- Put effort into interview practice: Research the company and interview questions specific to the industry or even your particular occupation. You may not realise it, but employers always notice when your effort level at the interview stage is running full steam ahead.
If you are in a current employment role, make sure you think carefully before you leave your job. Visualise it – will the grass actually be greener on the other side? Maybe. Maybe not. A whole lot of soul searching and some research will help you make the right decision. Luckily, there’s a forum for everything these days!
Any questions you have about specific businesses or particular recruiters can easily be found online. Try multiple trend searches in employment sectors and chat to recruiters in person or live-time who live and breathe Human Resources 24/7 for advice and information.
The biggest challenge is making and sustaining the effort needed to continually apply for jobs. The more preparation you complete the better. If you tackle job hunting and put in the time and effort as though it was a full-time job in itself, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how quickly and easily a job will come your way. It’s a numbers game! The more applications, the more interviews, the more potential jobs.
We wish you luck in the pursuit of your ideal job and would love to hear about some of your success – or epic fail – stories. Make sure you send in any of your own tips, hints or proven methods to our learning community.