The 7 Steps To Help You Secure A New Job

RESUME PREPARATION

  • Get your Resume up to date. The purpose of your Resume is to spark interest that then leads to an interview.  Your Resume should have your education and contact details on the front page together with a summary of employment dates (including months and years) and positions held for each job. Each role should have responsibilities listed as well as achievements and a clear demonstration of relevant successes.
  • Think about how you are going to present yourself to ensure that your first impression is the right impression.

KNOW YOUR RESUME

  • It is important that you know the dates of your employment, who you reported to, the brief of the role and your key accomplishments. Be able to expand on any details provided in your Resume.
  • Ensure you can provide a summary of company details and role dimensions.

OWNING THE PROCESS

  • You need to make use of a number of strategies to secure your next role. Examples of this include, checking online job boards often, networking and using various social media avenues relevant to your market.
  • Register with appropriate agencies and limit your agency network to about three or four. Keep in regular contact with them and build strong relations with the consultant.
  • Think about contract work. Don’t be afraid to try a new working style. Working with different companies may provide good experiences that will add to your Resume. Be prepared to be flexible and open as contracts may open other doors for you.
  • Write a list of companies that you would love to work with and speak with your agency about them sending your details or approach them directly yourself.
  • Keep a regular watch on all related job sites including SEEK and agencies.

NETWORKING

  • Ensure you are “Linkedin” with agencies and as many of your past colleagues as possible. This will help you build your own professional network. Use online groups to share your details and your desire to find work in your field.
  • Speak to your referees in advance to advise them that you are job hunting and you would like them to be your referee. If they are recommending you, they know your strengths and they may have some other ideas or contacts.

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

  • Make every application count. For every role that you apply for, try and pick up the phone to talk to the appropriate contact. This will show your interest and to further allow you to probe about the role before sending your Resume. The Cover letter should be short and precise.

INTERVIEW PREPARATION

  • Be prepared. Before an interview, ensure you review the company website and all other relevant material that you can find. Practice answering behavioural based interview questions using the STAR model. Have a look at the main areas of competency required and make sure you have clear examples to demonstrate your abilities and achievements around those competencies.

FOLLOW UP

  • Follow up your interviews to gather feedback. Use this information to polish your technique and ensure success in the future. Just as importantly, always be respectful and grateful for people’s time and remember to thank them.

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