Included you’ll find 25 job searching tips and tricks from an expert Career Coach on how to find a job in the current market in Australia. This advice is perfect for anyone new to the market or that has been “out of the game” recently. In under 2 minutes you can become an expert on how to navigate the market and land your ideal role, fast!
- Network – work your personal and professional networks. Let it be known your looking for a new role and exactly what you’re looking for. You can even do this online - an original LinkedIn status post or email to your connections can be very effective.
- Protect your online brand – ensure you lock down your security settings on Facebook so no personal, and possibly unprofessional, photos can be viewed by your potential employer.
- Connect with well-respected Recruiters – ask around in your industry and get referrals to good Recruiters that will really look after you.
- Include a photo on your LinkedIn Profile – your CV is 6 times more likely to be viewed.
- Include key words in your LinkedIn Profile – including specific terms that detail your technical skills, experience and education will ensure you’re found online for work.
- Engage with your potential employer by writing a LinkedIn Summary that demonstrates your personality – think about how you’d speak to someone at a networking event and write in this same colloquial and professional tone.
- Include key quantifiable achievements in your CV – numbers, percentages and stats are ideal to clearly demonstrate your success.
- Have your CV finished by a Graphic Designer -use fiverr.com or www.upwork.com and this will only cost you around $15.
- Inject personality into your cover letter – ensure it is sharp, charismatic and punchy with 3 concise paragraphs. Outline firstly, the job you applied for, secondly, why you’re right for the role and thirdly, show your genuine interest in the company.
- Apply direct – research the companies that you’d like to work for and apply direct via the careers site with your CV and an engaging cover letter. Australia’s best places to work is a great starting point for your research.
- Fill in all the fields – when applying via a careers site ensure you fill in all the fields. These are search criteria in the backend of the site and if you haven’t completed your application in full you may not come up in candidate database searches
- Create a quirky application – don’t be afraid to think outside the box, you can apply to your dream company or employer with a video you produced or a poster you made or through many other imaginative ways.
- Get referred – if you know someone that has links to your ideal employer, reach out and ask for an email or LinkedIn introduction.
- Do your research – before writing any application or attending any interview ensure you read the company website and do a good Google and LinkedIn search.
- Dress for the job you want – step it up most of the time, people will remember you if you make an impression, a good one.
- Be upfront with your salary expectations – educate yourself on salary benchmarks and be upfront with employers and recruiters regarding your expectations early on in the process. Google “salary surveys in (your sector)” or talk to Recruiters to get an understanding of your worth in the market.
- Listen actively and smile – people may not remember what you say but they’ll remember how you made them feel. When you really listen and smile warmly you make people feel special.
- Follow up on your application – don’t be afraid to put in a brief call to ensure your application arrived and/or iterate your interest in a particular role/company.
- Do Power Poses before an interview – by standing in an expansive stance with your hands behind your head or posing like Wonder Woman (hands on your hips, legs apart), you’ll naturally feel calmer and more confident. Check out Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on the topic.
- Learn the STAR technique – be prepared for competency based interview questions and respond to the questions by talking through the Situation, Task, Action & Result.
- Be early but not too early – if you arrive too early you could inconvenience the Interviewer, they may feel obliged to meet you earlier and it may not work with their schedule. Ideally arrive 5 minutes early, not 25.
- Be aware of your body language – have your shoulders back, stand tall, have a firm (not too firm) handshake and maintain eye contact at least 60% of the time to ensure you come across as confident and in control.
- Laugh & be yourself – at interview don’t be afraid to laugh if you slip up on a word or the interviewer says something humorous. If you don’t smile and laugh, people are unlikely to warm to you. Remember, people want to hire someone they like.
- Follow up after an interview – definitely send a follow up email thanking the interviewers for their time and reiterating your interest.
- Negotiate – do your homework and know what a fair salary is for your role. If the offer is lower than you expected then speak up. If the salary can ‘t be increased you may be able to include additional benefits, flexibility or annual leave into your package.
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