Finding work

While there are many ways to look for work, there are some strategies that increase your chances of getting an offer sooner, rather than later.


Newspapers Advertisements

Check the local and regional news papers on a Wednesday and Saturday for the positions that are being advertised.  Look at the positions that reflect your interest and relative experience, if the position asks for a person with 2 years experience and you are a new graduate apply for the position. Employers are seeking the ideal candidate, they rarely exist in reality and therefore employers will be willing to look at suitably qualified but less experienced individuals who have the potential and personal qualities to develop in the role.

The advertisement will often give you valuable information about the skills and qualities and working conditions that are relevant to the position in question. This information can assist you in tailoring your CV to the role. If there is insufficient information provided phone the organisation and ask for a job description to be posted to you. If one is not available have a list of questions ready to gather the information you need prior to submitting your application. Remember also get the name of the person to whom you will be submitting your application.


Researching the Organisation

It is important to research the organisation as thoroughly as you can prior to submitting your application. Find out from your networks of friends, family,
neighbours, sport association or church community members who have current knowledge about the organisation you are interested in. Also establish whether the organisation has a website, this will give you valuable information about the organisation. Employers are impressed with individuals who show initiative and who have an understanding about their organisation and current issues facing the organisation or sector generally.


On-line Recruitment

More organisations are using the internet to identify and select candidates as potential employees. Applications can take various formats including requesting applications forms on line and returning by email to completing a template provided on line. It is important to be aware that some applications once submitted can not be amended. It is also important to submit your application in advance of the closing date and time to avoid being electronically declined because it falls outside the timeframe.

Preparation is the key, ensure that you have all relevant information to compile your online application.

Having a good understanding of your skills, knowledge and interests and how to align those with the particular job is critical, along with the personal competencies required to undertake the role.


Look in the Hidden Job Market

Most job seekers tend to spend most of their time looking at advertised jobs in the newspapers or on the Internet. In doing so they are overlooking where a high proportion of the jobs actually are. A significant number of jobs over a wide range of industries are never advertised. There are various reasons, including a desire to hire someone who the organisation already knows through prior contact.

In the advertised job market you are competing with many other job applicants, and the chances of even getting a meeting can be quite low.  In the hidden job market, however, your chances of getting some time in front of a potential employer are much higher. Research suggests that one in nine companies are usually looking for staff at any given time, you also increase the chance that you will present yourself during a “window of opportunity” when employers need staff but have not yet got around to advertising (Careers Services, 2002).

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