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!
When was the last time you dusted off your resume? I’m guessing when you last applied for a job. It’s true for me too. I coach people in developing a marketable resume and when I last looked at mine I was a bit embarrassed!
The approach I take when helping people strengthen their resume is to focus on layout and then the content. In this post I’m going to list ways to improve the readability of your resume through some formatting suggestions: Continue reading →
Many of my clients are people who are mid-way through their career and looking at a change in direction, but from time to time I help people just starting out in the world of work. I have provided coaching and resume support to high school students who are making decisions about their future and on the hunt for a part time job.
If you’re a teenage job seeker, here’s some things to help put your best foot forward when finding work. Continue reading →
My last blog post focused on Footers and Page Numbers. Now I’m going to show you how to format your resume with Right Hand Tabs (or plainly Right Tabs). Before we start, I recommend turning on the Paragraph Symbol which can show the paragraph marks and other hidden symbols (such as tab arrows and space bar dots) more clearly. Continue reading →
One of the first things I look at when reviewing someone’s resume is the formatting. How does it present? Is it eye catching? Learning a few technical tips in Microsoft Word can save you time plus help the reader navigate their way through the information more readily. This post will show you how to add a Footer, plus how to add a Page Number within the Footer. My screen shots are taken from Microsoft Word 2007 but they follow the same method in later versions. Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
When you are applying for a particular role in your chosen field, does your resume show roles that are significantly different to your career path? Does your resume have the hiring manager scratching their head and wondering “is this person a librarian, admin assistant or barista?” Continue reading →