Finding Employment?

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Finding a job can be time-consuming and frustrating. You may have submitted hundreds of job applications and still not received a single interview. Is it all bad luck? 

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We come across so many hopeful job-seekers who lose momentum after receiving more than a few rejections. Don’t let this be the case. Finding employment should be an ongoing activity and it should be done systematically. Consider it an obstacle that you must overcome, the rewards are there for those who persist!

Based first-hand experience and the numerous personal stories we hear from candidates, here are some of our best tips for job seekers:

1. Decide carefully what job you would like

It sounds like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many people apply for jobs they don’t actually want. Ridiculous when you think about it….How long can you stick at something you really don’t want to do? Think about the type of work that you enjoy doing, what comes naturally to you and where your talents and skills actually lie. On the other hand, if you are unemployed and are applying for a non-entry-level job with zero related-experience, you may want to think twice. Having a positive expectation is one thing, but be realistic! Maybe you can find something in a related field that will lead you to a better position in due course.

2. Prepare your ‘weapons’

How recently did you update your resume? Does it contain necessary information? Does it have unnecessary information? Recruiters are busy. Provide key information in point form….no one really wants to know about your rock collection (unless you are applying for a position as a geologist!)

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Simply put, your resume is your first impression. Make it professional looking with appropriate headings and relevant information specific to the job to which you are applying.

3. Are you sending in your applications properly?

Sounds like a silly question, but we see so many job applications that have silly mistakes on them. It is easy for recruiters to spot a cover letter that is simply a ‘copy and paste’ effort. If you’re serious about getting a job then put in some serious effort! Set aside an hour every morning to apply for jobs and do it with dedication. It will pay off in the end. While we are at it, clean up your image….think about what you post to social media. It’s the first place recruiters look even before they check your character references.

4. Search for ‘cracks’ when you browse the Internet

Companies who are looking for new staff do not necessarily advertise all of their positions on job boards. Often times, they sit tight (limp along short staffed) and fill the position when someone comes along. Could that be you?

When you know what type of work you want to do, do a Google search for companies in the region. Take note of their career page (if they have one) and make contact with the HR manager/Director through their email address. At best, they’ll have a job ready and waiting with your name on it. At worst they’ll admire your enthusiasm, so send in your resume anyay and carry on to the next one!

It is a nifty trick that has proven to be our most successful tip!

5. Commit to it

Unless you are incredibly lucky or in demand, the average person takes at least 4 weeks to find work in Australia; often times it’s longer depending on the economic cycle, market conditions or the industry that you’re in. For most people, consistency is the proven key. Do not give up, persevere and believe that you can do it!


About the Author:

Jan Macalister is the Director of Labour Market and has been working in the HR field for over 20 years. She holds an MBA and Bachelor of Education.
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