Job searching cannot be carried out efficiently if you don’t have the right strategies. While a resume, cover letters, and communication are essential in the job search process, effective job search strategies can be equally important.
The following job-search strategies can help you get the most out of your time and efforts during your search.
RESEARCH YOUR MARKET.
Certain skills and roles are in high demand in Australia and others less so. The more you read, the more likely you will figure out where you fit into the labor market. If you’ve highly sought after skills such as abilities in e-commerce and digital skills, it can be relatively easy, or if you’re ready to work somewhere remotely, you may have less competition.
LEARN ABOUT THE CULTURE AND SPEAK THE LINGO
As a student, it’s important to learn the basics of the Australian vernacular. This will help you to get ahead and also enhance your chances of getting a job.
REFINE YOUR JOB BOARD TACTICS
The Internet remains a fabulous place to find jobs. But seldom it seems like there is screen after screen display results for each search term you plug in. Instead of spending your time and straining your eyes, filter out results and set up email alerts to make your job hunt more productive.
APPLY FOR JOBS THAT INTEREST YOU
Instead of the scattergun approach, you should be targeting specific jobs – those you can do effortlessly. Apply for a position that doesn’t interest you may work out for you, but more often than not your lack of enthusiasm will be seen doing the interview. Furthermore, your intuition may tell you to turn the job down even when the job is offered to you. This is a waste of time for you. Going after a job just to have one, in the long run, could just set you back to square one and back to the search sooner than you’d like.
TAILOR YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER.
Connect your experience with the benefits that a company can get. Do not assume that local employers have heard of your previous employer. Add a paragraph in your resume explaining the business and its functions.
GET TO KNOW YOUR TECHNOLOGY.
In recent times, it’s common for job interviews to be conducted via phone, Skype or other digital platforms. In most cases, recruiters and employers use technology that doesn’t suit you. It’s important to create an account on all the leading communications platforms you’re familiar with, such as Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.
BE READY TO TAKE A STEP BACK.
Most of the time, your first job in Australia is unlikely to be a career move. Accept that you might have to take a step back to get the required experience. You may even have to volunteer with some organizations to get the prerequisite skills, experiences, and contacts that most recruiters and employers want.