If you’re in the job hunting game but have been taking a laissez-faire approach and delaying the inevitable, it might be time to re-group and take a more structured approach to your search. Here’s five tips to get you back on track.
Know yourself – understand your skills, strengths and achievements that can be applied to your next job. Having a good self-awareness can assist you to make better career choices and market yourself well.
Know what you want – reflect on the type of workplace where you’d feel motivated – this can include size or location of the organisation, it’s vision and values and the physicality of the work. Write down jobs you can do and want to do.
Know where to find the work – write a list of organisations you would like to work for and match your criteria in terms of your skills and a motivating workplace.
Who do you know? – compile a list of people who are linked to the places you want to work at and spark up a discussion with them. Send them a message and invite them for a coffee.
Check your resume – for spelling, grammar and layout. Make sure it highlights your skills and experience for the job you want.
Put yourself out there by tapping into your networks and checking the online job search sites, local papers and company websites. Before too long you’ll soon uncover awesome job opportunities. Get in touch with Gen for a confidential career discussion today!
One of my goals this year is to build more local relationships and connections through networking. Networking can come to some people naturally, but for others it can be daunting. I would rate myself in the middle whereby I like to be social, yet it takes some self-talk and planning to get me out to market my business.
I plan my networking activity by listing who I’d like to connect with and how will I go about it. Whether I’m cold calling on recruitment firms, attending a community event, or inviting people on LinkedIn for a coffee meeting, at some point a face to face discussion will need to take place. Here’s where more planning needs to be done – preparing what to say.
Australian Government job vacancies require applicants to submit responses to Key Selection Criteria (KSC) as part of their application process. State and local government, community organisations and not for profits also ask for KSC responses. Selection criteria can include skills, experience, qualifications, knowledge and attributes, and the hiring decision maker assesses your written responses to gauge level of competence or ability to perform in the role.
So how do you make sure you are on the mark when addressing Key Selection Criteria so you stand out above other applicants? Take aim with these 5 tips: Continue reading →