Top Job Hunting Strategies
Business leaders in Australia and around the globe continue in their war for talent, vying to recruit skilled employees. At a time when many in the baby boomer generation are approaching retirement, it is very important that businesses build and preserve a cache of talented candidates so they can effectively compete in, and fuel the global economy.
Employment readiness is defined as being capable, with slight or no external assistance, to locate, obtain and keep a suitable occupation as well as being able to change over to new professions. Being employment-ready includes ensuring you can effectively sustain the following three goals:
- Self –sufficiency in four employability dimensions:
- Job search
- Skills and qualifications
- Career decision making
- Understanding pressures and challenges in the job acquisition and retention.
- Managing job tasks and stresses efficiently.
Six simple steps to find your dream job
- Find a career path; outline a career path to support career and job objectives.
- Evaluate your interests and understand your personality, values and ethics e.g.what type of personality is needed to reach your job goal.
- Investigate potential jobs and businesses
Decide if the job potential, salary and work conditions are suitable for you. Narrow it down to 2 job opportunities.
- Set a career goal
Research what education and skills you need to reach to break into the specific job and plan a career process map.
- Select training or educational facility
Find an educational facility that will help you prepare for the profession and job you are seeking.
- Attend classes
Up skill and practice by taking part time jobs while you are studying.
Begin the Job Hunt!
Plan your CV. Make sure you follow the guidlines for layout, and no spelling or grammar mistakes can be found by the potential employer. You can find highly valuable CV writing tips for potential jobs online, but also professional career advice for potential jobs in your field should be considered.
- Identify which search approaches e.g. online, employment agencies, networking. Or all of them?
- Market yourself! Sell yourself verbally and in writing (see cover letters)
- Work on your interview skills, role play and practice.
Tip: Before you start your application, google yourself to see what first introduction the HR manager has when he considers your application. Your web presence should be professional and clear.
“Unemployment is high and competition is tough. Find the five areas to focus on as a career entrepreneur.” by Jackson Merrey, Business Services Team Leader at ISA Group.
The full article was published in SMP magazine issue 1.
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