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Job Seeking

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Job Seeking

While jobs have become easier to find and apply for through online means, the increased numbers of job applications for recruiters and employers to sort and read through mean it's important to know how you can stand out amongst the crowd.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Confucius


Here are some tips 


Searching online for jobs

Try more than one place when looking online for jobs. One online job site might have some jobs that aren't listed by other major job search sites. Take time to also look at the websites of organisations and businesses that you would like to work for. They may have vacancies listed that are not otherwise advertised.

Examples of online platforms include:


Seek - https://www.seek.com.au/


Indeed  - https://au.indeed.com/


Using these platforms you can filter the job you are looking for, save those that you want to consider and create a profile for people searching for your skill set.


Linkedin is also a great place, whilst building your network, to display that you are currently seeking a job. You can update this in your profile intro. This means that when people view you on linkedin they know that you are currently job seeking.


Understand the role and the opportunity

Read the advertisement carefully. If you are only at an "entry level", it's best not to waste your time applying for inappropriately high level jobs. Some job search websites allow you to search for jobs in particular salary ranges, helping you distinguish jobs above the level you're currently aiming at.


Feel free to call the contact person listed in the advertisement to both introduce yourself and find out some more about the job. By demonstrating clear and competent oral communication skills and a friendly manner (which are hard for a recruiter to discern from just a résumé), you can help your chances. Ask them to tell you some more about the characteristics they require for the role and listen carefully - you may pick up some relevant information about areas to make sure you address in your cover letter or résumé.


Sending electronic information

Always spell check your résumé and cover letter! Aside from demonstrating that you are careful and are able to make good written presentations, the presence of spelling errors may be a quick way for some people to cull your résumé, no matter the content.

While it may be printed later, your résumé is likely to be read initially on a computer screen - as such, make sure any formatting in your soft copy does not distract from the message you want to convey in print.

If you are modifying a saved document to use in applying for a role similar to another role you have applied for previously, make sure you change your application appropriately. A cover letter addressed to Mr Johnson of ABC Company probably won't be well regarded if you're in fact this time applying to Mrs Smith of XYZ Company. Check to ensure correct Mr / Mrs / Sir / Madam references as well as the correct spelling of the contact person's name - the last thing you want is for a person to stop reading your résumé at the second word!

Avoid scanning résumés, saving in unusual file types or changing page margins dramatically. These can end up as excessively large files, unprintable, or even unreadable on the employer's computer. Saving in .doc format is usually a good idea. If your résumé utilises graphics, the pdf file type is recommended to reduce the file size.


Email

Use an appropriate email address and ensure your software program has an appropriate name where the author is listed. An email from "unreliableguy" or a document authored by "i_hate_everyone" might not give a favourable impression of you!


Cover Letters / Emails

Change your cover letter / email for each role you apply for and make the cover letter relevant to the role.


Proof read your cover letter - make sure it makes sense. Alternatively ask a friend to proof read or make suggestions. If it doesn't read well to you, it isn't going to read any better to someone trying to reduce a pool of 100 résumés down to 1!


Use the key words that you find in the advertisement for the job. These might include words like "computer literacy", "autonomous", "team player", "initiative" etc. Some organisations use automated programs to scan for these key words, automatically rejecting résumés that do not contain any of the key terms.


Supporting Your Resume

Make sure your contact numbers are contactable and don't have inappropriate voice mail messages on them. Be mindful of providing a daytime contact number, or ensure that a potential employer can at least leave a message for you during daylight hours.

Remember that a message like "Hi this is Robbo and I'm probably off my face drunk or skipping class right now" might not set a great impression. Avoid music in your voice messages or caller tones as well.


Handy Checklist

Resume checklist for online job seeking

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