We understand that job hunting can be fun at times, however, for many it can also be a stressful activity filled with uncertainty. It is often difficult to know where to start and what to do. We want to help! Based on the number of applications 11 process per annum, 75 000 to be precise, we want to share with you tips and suggestions that we believe will help in your job search.
First, you need to do some ground work.
Know what you want
Whilst you may have a number of transferable skills and preferred industries that you would like to work in, it is important to narrow your search to the roles you know are most relevant to you. Make a list of the skills you have, the types of positions you believe you would be suited to and the types of companies and/or industries you want to work for. This is called your “wish list”. Part of your wish list also needs to include what you do not want, such as; hours, location, industries and private or publicly listed companies. Your wish list will act as a reference point when applying for roles to ensure that you are not wasting your time with jobs you know will not be right for you.
Going into the job hunt knowing exactly what you want and what you will bring to the job, is key to your success!
Allow the right amount of time
It takes time to find “the one”. Give yourself time to research and source your ideal position. You owe it to yourself to put in the effort and commitment to find a role that will provide you with the job satisfaction you are seeking. It is important to gain as much information as possible about the jobs you are interested in, the companies you are aiming to work for and the current employment market (understanding the employment market will help you set realistic expectations).
When preparing and sending your application it is important not to flick a generic CV to every business that is advertising. Take time to create your resume. Employers appreciate and value a job seeker who has invested in their resume. Your resume needs to highlight your skills, strengths and points of difference in reference to the position. Remember, your resume is often the first and only opportunity you have to make an impression. Make it a lasting one!
Handling the feedback
Always keep a record of the positions you have applied for - who they were with, when you applied and what feedback you have received to date. Knowing the status of each application is important. This information will allow you to take control of the application process.
If you are successful in moving forward to interview stage make sure you prepare yourself well for the interview. For interview guidelines and ideas we suggest you have a look at our interview tips .
If you are unsuccessful in securing an interview or job offer, always make sure you remain courteous and polite. You never know what opportunity may lie around the corner. Asking for feedback as to why you were unsuccessful is always a good idea, knowing what you could do differently will assist in securing a role in the future.
Below are a number of other techniques you may find useful throughout the job hunt process;