How do I get a job interview? Do I need a cover letter? How important is a resume? Our employment consultants have compiled 10 tips for getting a job interview and improving your overall job search
- Know what kind of job you want
- Create a cover letter and resume that stand out
- Get job seeking advice
- Use your networks for your job search
- Target companies you would like to work for
- Enhance your LinkedIn profile
- Attend local jobs fairs and expos
- Be confident that you’re an ideal candidate
- Explore all avenues
- Talk to employment experts
1. Know what kind of job you want
Being a job seeker can be tedious, so it’s best to head into your job hunt with clear vision and direction. Make a list of what jobs align with your skills and experience and consider positions or industries where you may be an ideal candidate.
Before applying for jobs, it is important to work out where you see your future so that you can take the necessary steps to reach your end goal.
Write everything down so your vision is clear, focussed and documented.
2. Create a cover letter and resume that stand out
Your cover letter should be applicable and relevant to the role you are applying for. It should be tailored for each employer and job. The letter should address the skills, experience and responsibilities that are outlined in the advertisement and how your skills and experience meet those requirements. Be sure to research the company and its values before writing this.
Your resume should be short and sharp. One page covering off all your major responsibilities in previous roles is essential. Your resume should also include any education, training, skills and interests you have. A good resume stands out in a saturated job market.
Be sure to have at least two references on hand from previous jobs. These can be listed on your resume or upon request if you are successful with your interview.
If you have to complete a job application, ensure your spelling and grammar are correct, this will show your attention to detail.
3. Get job seeking advice
It can be an overwhelming process and a job in its own right, to find suitable and meaningful work.
You may need more training or qualifications to get you where you need to be, or you may need help with writing your cover letter or resume. If you feel unsure about anything along the way, it is important to reach out for help and professional advice.
Seek out employment consultants who often offer free job search advice and support. Our employment specialists have many years of experience and are on hand to offer you support and practical help with all aspects of the job-hunting process.
4. Use your networks for your job search
Talk to people. One of the best ways to find out what is going on is to network. Letting people know you are on the hunt for a job will increase your chances of being successful. You never know who at your local sports club or in your community group could be hiring.
Use your social media contacts to tap into potential employers. Most people are willing to help if you ask, so reach out and don’t be afraid to let people know that you are looking for meaningful work.
5. Target companies you would like to work for
If you know who you want to work for, create your own job ‘hit list’. Review their websites and learn as much as you can about the company and their values. You can then use this information to tailor your cover letter and resume.
If they have a regular newsletter or job vacancy newsletter, then sign up to receive it. This may give you the winning edge to secure that coveted job.
6. Enhance your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is a great networking platform that allows you to connect with potential employers and may be what gives you an advantage over other candidates.
Unlike other social platforms, LinkedIn is a professional networking site. Be friendly, but remain professional. Remember to only connect with those that you know personally.
It is also a good opportunity to check your other social media accounts and ensure anything public is of an acceptable standard to potential employers.
7. Attend local jobs fairs and expos
Be sure to check what events are happening in your local area. Jobs fairs are a great way to meet employment providers and potential employers. Speaking with industry professionals is a great way to practice your interview skills while see what local job offers are available.
Take your resume with you on a USB stick or have a few copies on hand. It is important to get out there and talk to people about what you are looking for and any challenges you are experiencing with your job hunt.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is a good place to start with your search.
8. Be confident that you’re an ideal candidate
Know what you have to offer an employer and be confident in your own skills and abilities. Even if you don’t have the particular experience, your attitude and willingness to learn and apply yourself to the job vacancy are often more important.
One of the biggest setbacks people have is not having the confidence in themselves to achieve what they want to. Remain focussed on what you have already accomplished and set yourself realistic goals.
Think of all the things you are good at and go in with a nothing-to-lose attitude. Celebrate any win you have, whether that be landing a job interview or connecting with a potential employer.
9. Explore all avenues
Remain open-minded and explore all the options you have available. Do not limit your search to just one job listing website. Be creative and use every resource available to open up your opportunities.
It’s all about putting yourself out there and going in with an optimistic, flexible and broad approach.
There are localised job listings in newspapers and on job boards. Getting involved in the community or seeking out an industry specialist such as CVGT Australia will greatly enhance your chances of finding a position.
10. Talk to us – your employment experts
We’ve been helping people to find a job for almost 40 years with our job search advice and support. Helping you to find a job is what we do best, and not just any job, but a position that is suitable and meaningful to you.
If you’re looking to kick start your career, get back into the workforce or transition to a new job, we are here to help. We have people available now to assist you throughout your job-hunting journey and connect you to meaningful work.
If you are looking for a traineeship or apprenticeship, head to our job listings page or phone us on 132 848.