March has been a crazy month for me, juggling a busy workload (which is great), plus volunteering for our local community event, Harcourt Applefest. This means any blogging or social media marketing for my business has fallen by the wayside. So, for my March post I thought I’d share some extra helpful job search tips.
I spend a fair bit of time volunteering in my community. I coordinate the advertising for our local newspaper and help organise local events, so I’m a big advocate for doing volunteer work. I recently helped a job seeker with the decision to pursue unpaid work as she “just needed to get out of the house”. She is now happily volunteering for a community health organisation.
I’ve written more about the value of volunteering in building up your skills, keeping you active, providing networks and referees plus the possibility of paid employment. I recently found this quote via volunteeringaustralia.org – Just a few hours of volunteering work makes a difference in happiness and mood – another great reason to volunteer!
Resume Profile & Achievements
When putting your resume forward you need to tell the reader how you are most suited for the role. This is best done by giving evidence of your good work. When you say you have good communication skills, how are they good? All listed achievements should link to hard evidence and this article via The Guardian talks about this further when writing your resume profile.
Networking – it’s who you know!
It’s amazing how often the people I work with come back to me and say they’ve landed a job through word of mouth. Here’s my post on how networking has opened doors for my business and it talks about how job seekers can tap into the hidden job market. There’s some more gems of wisdom in this article from Time Magazine:
Settling Your Nerves at Interview
Long gone are the days where you can ‘wing it’ at interview. I’m sure people still do it, but there’s a risk of things not turning out so well. By preparing responses to possible questions, making sure your outfit is ready, knowing the name(s) of the interviewer and address of the company are just some of the things to set you on track for putting your best foot forward. The hardest part with interviews can be overcoming nervousness, so here’s an article by bestselling business author Bernard Marr to help you present with confidence.
Next month I’ll be giving technical tips for formatting your resume. In the meantime, have a happy Easter and eat lots of chocolate! Cheers, Gen