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Finding the right job

Finding the right job

It is important to be employed in a job that is right for you as so much time is spent earning a living. Get to know yourself and understand your values and priorities before you commence with your research. Think about your hobbies, what makes you happy, are you more comfortable indoors or outdoors, are you a team player, etc. Once you are clear about your values and expectations, your will find the job that is right for you.

Where to look for a job:

  • There are heaps of online employment sites available. Some of the larger ones are seek.com.au, careerone.com.au and mycareer.com.au. Certain employment sites are more job-specific, such as bluecollar.com.au, jobsearch.gov.au (a government-run website) or jobnet.com.au (for IT positions). Most employment websites are listed on deewr.gov.au, the website of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relation.
  • Recruitment agencies
  • Daily newspapers, especially the Saturday edition.
  • LinkedIn
  • Web pages of potential employers advertise career opportunities
  • Network events
  • Ask around, even on social media
  • Vacancy boards in the window of retail shops. Apply in person and remember to leave your name and contact details.

Tailor your resume and cover letter according to the position available:

Use your cover letter to stipulate the relevant qualifications that you hold and how your prospective employer will benefit from your experience. Look for key words in the job description and incorporate them into your resume, as resumes are often screened first through electronic scanning.

Be prepared

Interviews can be done in person, by phone or digitally. Sign up for an account with each of the most common digital options (Skype, Google Hangout, etc.) beforehand.

Social media

Update your LinkedIn profile and evaluate your social media footprint. It is very common to research potential candidates on digital media before an interview is suggested.

Volunteering

Applying for internships or volunteering positions may help you get into the job market. Some states advertise volunteering positions online, such as www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au

Obstacles that may get in your way:

  • Visa-requirements: If you are not a permanent resident or citizen, make sure that your visa allows you to work in the position you are applying for.
  • Language proficiency: If English is not your first language, brush up on your English language skills before you apply for a job.
  • Relevant occupational skills: Ensure that your prior experience and qualifications will be recognised. Sometimes you will have to upgrade your qualification or re-qualify for your career.
  • Lack of knowledge of Australian systems: Ask around to learn how job applications work where you live

Stay focused and don’t lose hope. You may not get the perfect position on your first try, but it is always a good place to start. It is often easier to find another job if you are already employed.

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