Searching for a new job can be a challenging, and time-consuming, task but once you've landed yourself that dream position it makes all the hard work worthwhile. To get you to your end goal quicker, we've got the top job search do's and don'ts.
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Do: Be prepared. This means: having your resume updated and ready to send; knowing how to write cover letters; and what to do once you score an interview.
Have a basic resume ready that can be altered to fit the job you are applying for. Begin contacting possible referees so you have names and contact details ready to go. And start to think about what you would wear if you are called up for an interview as you don’t want to be running around looking for a new tie or skirt the day before.
Don't: Presume a one-size fits all résumé and cover letter will work. You need to spend time tailoring both your résumé and cover letter to the job you're applying for. Pay particular attention to key words and phrases used in the job advertisement and try to tie these in with your own experience and replicate where possible.
Do: Let the jobs come to you. Signing up for job e-mail alerts with employment websites can save you hours of searching time. Sign up for SEEK's job mail now, and have jobs matching your skills and experience delivered straight to your inbox (on a daily basis).
Don’t: Neglect online job sites. These days, employment websites are the best places to do conduct your job search. Not only can you search via location, you can narrow down searches via industry, occupations and type of work i.e. full time, part-time or casual. Start searching online now!
Do: dedicate time to your job search on a regular basis. Allocate a certain amount of hours each day, or every couple of days, to the task. This way you will keep on top of things and will be ready to apply for jobs as soon as an opportunity arises.
Don't: discount networking your way to a new job. A lot of jobs available in the marketplace are in what's called "the hidden job market" that is, candidates are recruited internally or via word of mouth and the position is never advertised publically. Even when you're in your new position, don't forget to keep up your networking skills for future opportunities down the track. See our guide on how to network.
Do: think about undertaking a short course if your skills need a quick boost it might just give you the edge you need to get a step ahead of the other candidates. Search for courses here.
Don't: Just apply for any old position. Be sure to read the selection criteria carefully and only apply for those positions with which your skills and work experience match. Otherwise you're wasting your's and the recruiter's time.
Do: Have a contactable phone number and email address that can be reached at all times. And don't go providing zany email addresses like: email@example.com keep these for friends only.
Don’t: Make your resume and cover letter the size of a phone book. One page for a cover letter and two-to-three pages for a résumé is considered adequate.
Do: Keep a positive outlook at all time and the right position will come your way before you know it.
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