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4 Steps To Land Your Dream Job!
Whether you are currently looking for a job, planning a career switch or about to re-enter the workforce, finding a job can be achieved in 4 easy steps!
Step 1 – Choose The Right Job
Step 2 – Get Trained
Step 3 – Review Your Resume
Step 4 – Hone Your Interview Skills
Current Australian Job Market
The Australian job market is predicted to add 137,000 new jobs by August 2013. Studies by the Economic and Market Development Consultancy have shown a steady growth in the number of jobs in Australia over the past year. This is has had a particularly pronounced effect – by comparison, in 2012 only 58,000 positions were added. In a recent quarterly report from Hays, the most stable and in demand jobs for the future were predicted to be:
- 1. Health Care: Due to our aging population, professions like aged care and nursing are in particularly high demand, and are set to become some of Australia’s top industries over the coming years.
- 2. Finance: Companies are always looking to reduce costs. Couple this with the current economic state and Australia’s huge shortage in accounting and finance professionals, and it is evident there is a large demand across the nation.
- 3. Mining: While there were fears that Australia’s mining boom was over, studies show it is well and truly alive. There are still great opportunities within the resource sector, particularly for skilled individuals and within the occupational health and safety division.
Step 1 – Choose The Right Job
Firstly, it is important to choose the right job. If you know what you want – great! If not, reflecting on your personality, goals and interests can give you the insight needed to select a suitable and extremely rewarding career. Generally, people fall within one of four personality types.
Personality Type 1: Ambitious and Goal Oriented
Personality Type 2: Socialites
Personality Type 3: Helpers and Carers
Personality Type 4: Intellects and Technology Lovers
|Personality Traits:||Personality Traits:||Personality Traits:||Personality Traits:|
|Great leadership skills||Relationship-oriented||Suited to most social situations||Detail focused|
|Ambitious nature||Enjoy the company of others||Great organisation skills||Fact focused|
|Goal Oriented||Persuasive||Likes stability and routine||Strives for accuracy and perfection|
|Independent||People focused||Enjoys working with people||Task-oriented|
|Focused on the ‘big picture’||Prefer group situations||Gets on well with a variety of different personalities||Prefers a solitary working environment|
|Practical||Possess leadership skills|
|Result focused||Enjoy working with a variety of people|
|Preference for results, control and task completion|
|Career Options:||Career Options:||Career Options:||Career Options:|
|Sales||Public Relations||Education and Training||Accounting|
|Marketing||Sales||Aged Care||Information Technology|
|Marketing||Project Management||Business Management|
|Business Management||Business Administration||Business Administration|
Now you’ve categorised your personality type, now find out more about what careers are most suited to you by clicking here!
Step 2 – Get Trained
Secondly, you need to consider training. Think about whether you have the skills and experience for the position you are after.
As switching careers becomes ‘the norm’, more Australians are turning to vocational training courses to rise above the competitive job market. Training (particularly recent training) can greatly improve your skill set and will help separate you from the large majority of job seekers.
Did You Know? Studies show hiring managers spend approximately six seconds looking at a candidates resume before deciding whether they are fit for a job. Additionally, more than 80% of that time is spent looking at just your name, current and previous title, position and company and education. Hiring managers then spent the remaining 20% of that time looking for keywords that corresponded with the position available.
Evidently, a well-written resume is not only a tool to show off your best features and abilities but an express ticket to an interview!
How To Write A Resume – Do’s and Don’ts
- Do keep it to a maximum of 2 pages
- Do have loads of ‘white space’ to increase readability
- Do ensure NO spelling and grammatical errors (tip: by printing a hard copy and reading aloud you will find errors masked by the computer screen)
- Do use bullet points – makes information easy to digest
- Do list important information first!
- Don’t attach a picture
- Don’t forget to use the same ‘key words’ used in the job advertisement (i.e. if the job asks for a high attention to detail, say you have a high attention to detail >> then back this up by showing how attention to detail is used within your current job role)
- Do tailor resumes to employers (i.e. don’t send out 20 resumes to 20 different jobs!)
- Don’t include irrelevant information (i.e. religious or political topics should be avoided)
- Do update your resume with any recent achievements or awards
- Don’t get fancy (keep text font, size and paper to the standard – think Arial or Times New Roman, size 12 and on white paper)
- Don’t use the word “I” or “me”
Want more resume and job tips? Head to Inspire’s Job Search tips to find out more!
Need an example? You can read more resume tips and tricks HERE. Or grab Inspire’s Resume Template (available on-screen and in a downloadable document).
So you’ve found the perfect career for your personality, you’re appropriately trained, and your stellar resume has gotten you a job interview. Make sure you give yourself the very best opportunity
Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts to Interviewing
- Do prepare – make sure you know your strengths, weaknesses and what you can offer the company.
- Do your research – know a bit about your potential employers history.
- Don’t be late – if you need to practice arriving to the interview the day before so you’re aware of traffic and parking availabilities.
- Do be friendly to everyone – this includes the most senior and most junior members of the company.
- Do practice – prepare answers to potential interview questions and practice these with a friend or family member beforehand.
- Don’t forget to tell them your interest – ask when you will find out and what is the next step.
- Do ask questions – have between four and five questions prepared to show your interest in the company, and make you stand out from other candidates.
- Do dress appropriately – people form opinions within minutes of meeting so dress to impress!
- Don’t be nervous – stay calm, maintain eye contact and listen to the question before responding.
- Do say thank you – this reinforces your interest in the position and is good etiquette that will separate you from your peers.
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