Hints to help you get your dream job

Jobseekers – Take control of your job search!

You are selling yourself and need to treat your job search using techniques that top sales people use to sell their products!

You cannot afford to be passive – jobs will not just come to you!

  • Define what it is that you can offer an employer – what can you do better than most that will bring value to an employer. Create a 15 - 20 word statement that describes who you are andwhat you can do.
  • Utilise a range of job search tools including on line job boards, newspapers employment agencies and social networks such as Linked In and Facebook.
  • Network to gain information – employers will respond better when asked for advice in the first instance.
  • Use informational interviews with companies to find out what their requirements are to be employed with them.
  • Target, research and send resumes to organisations that you want to work for, find out who the decision makers are and specifically direct your approach to these people.
  • Follow up every contact you make with an email or phone call regardless if you obtained an interview.
  • Review your job searching methods on a regular basis – if you are not getting results you may need to review your resume, cover letters and your job search processes.

11 tips for better resumes & cover letters

  • The resume will only get you an interview – it will not get you the job
  • Recruiters often spend as little as 30 seconds reviewing your resume
  • Expect your resume to be read on a computer screen. This means that you have to format your documents in a way that makes them easy to read.
  • Focus your resume and cover letter to what value you can bring to the employer and/or the position
  • Research the key words in the position advertisement and job description and utilise these in your resume and cover letter
  • Customise each resume and cover letter. It is better to send off a few targeted applications than it is to spray and pray!
  • Employers want to know what you can do for them so get into the mind of the employer when preparing your resume
  • You need to convey your key messages of the skills and abilities that you will bring to the position in the first page of your resume
  • Do not waste space with a load of personal details, employment history and education and training - this should come later to confirm where your skills were developed.
  • Employers may use a Google search to validate your details – we all have an online profile and we need to be in control of it
  • Market all your applicable skills developed through your life experiences, regardless of where or why they were performed. They can be validated under employment or education.

Be your best in an interview

An employer is generally seeking three broad qualities when hiring and your ability to match yourself to these will determine your success.

The three standout qualities vary depending on the job, position description and the interviewer but generally relate to your abilities;

  1. The No 1 must have quality is communication, written already demonstrated by error free resumes and cover letters
  2. How your capabilities will benefit the company and the position
  3. Thinking, that is, your positive mind set and ability to demonstrate to an employer your resilience, persistence and drive using examples where appropriate

Which jobseeker secures the job can often come down to minor differences between candidates.

  • Showing knowledge about the company
  • Positive eye contact and body language – sitting up straight in the chair, leaning in a little to appear interested and engaged
  • 6 steps to make a good impression in a new job
  • The first day in a new job can be daunting. You need to make the right impression quickly! 
  • Do a personal stock take – review habits and personal attributes and highlight your positives
    Memorize names – helps build rapport
  • Focus on the important – review your job description and reflect on what you are learning
    Question – take responsibility for learning the job and ask questions
  • Listen – in the first few weeks listen more than you talk
  • Observe quickly and judge slowly – observe workplace culture and steer clear of politics and gossip

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