How to Get Back into the Job Market
Getting back on track career-wise can be a challenge, especially if you’ve taken some time off from job-searching.
No matter if you were without work for some time, are transitioning from self-employment or are back from a year-long scuba-diving adventure, the fact of the matter is: it will be harder for you to get back into the business mindset.
Luckily for you, the Australia job market has strengthened in recent months, particularly in western Australia, so this just might be the perfect time for you to get back into the mix. Here are some tips on how to get hired faster.
Make your Resume Shine
You can get help from some of the available resume writing services or choose the DIY route, but you should update your resume to reflect where you are as a person now.
Be careful of the wording you use and try to let your results speak for themselves. Hiring managers like past tenses, so try saying “accomplished,” “achieved” or “improved,” instead of “team player” or “perfectionist.” Let them draw their conclusions from the results.
If you’re new to the job market or haven’t had much luck and success in your previous jobs, don’t hesitate to include any not for profit jobs you did.
No matter if you were volunteering or a part of a civil organization, it’s a very good way to demonstrate your values and work ethic to your future employer.
A Cover Letter is a Must
Nowadays it’s almost impossible to send an application without the added covering letters for job applications.
The market is extremely competitive so that a cover letter can make or break you. Don’t be lazy and send the same cover letter to multiple companies.
The point of the letter is to customize it, show the employer you care enough about the job to do the company research and demonstrate how exactly you will fit in.
This is the perfect place to go more in-depth about your values and skills, and specifically suggest how they will affect the company you’re applying for.
Why should they hire you? What is the added value you bring to the table? Be sure to answer these questions, and you’ll do just fine.
The Dreaded Job Interview
Once you pass the resume and cover letter screening, you will be contacted by the company and called in for an interview.
That’s where some new questions pop up: What to wear to a job interview; how to prepare?
Don’t panic. That’s rule number one. Dress smart. Business casual is your friend. A suit would be too much, but a nice shirt or professional looking top will not be too out of place.
Do research on the company and be prepared to answer questions on your strengths, weaknesses and possible contributions to the company.
Remember that the recruiters’ first impression will be based on what you chose to wear and how you conduct yourself. Be yourself and show them you care and you’ll do just fine.