17 Jan 2023 | Blog

5 ways to ramp up your job appeal now!

Job hunting

The COVID-19 Global Pandemic seemed to come from nowhere. Just as we thought we were chugging along quite nicely, it crept up and went, whammo!

We didn’t see that coming!

If you lost your job during the few years we’d all like to forget, the good news is that our job market recovered quickly. So fast in fact that employers have been screaming out for new employees.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s January 2020 pre-COVID unemployment rate was 5.2%.

However, by May 2022 the unemployment rate had dropped to 3.9% with a surge in job vacancies across industries like retail, administration, mining and utilities, to name just a few.

Here are 5 tips to help get your resume to the top of the candidate pile.

1. Get the basics right

Spelling and grammar really do matter. Ensure your resume and cover letter are grammatically correct and your spelling is spot on.

Don’t rely on spell checkers. They recognise real words but can’t know whether, weather or wether, your, yore or you’re meaning their, there or they’re.

Do your homework and make sure you know which is witch!

2. Play to your strengths

What are you good at? Hint: it’s usually something you enjoy doing. Look for roles that call for your stand-out skills.

Alternatively, hop onto a job-seeker website and research the skills employers are looking for. Do you have them? If not, move to point 3.

3. Skills and training

Upskilling or refreshing old skills is easier than ever before with organisations offering online training programs to get you up and job ready.

If you’re considering a career change, compare skill-sets between roles. Your current skills may well be transferable across industries.

4. Reach out

Contact organisations you think your skills will suit. Chat to your network of friends or to people already working in your desired industry and ask their advice.

Find out if there are roles available and whether you’d be a suitable candidate.

Consider engaging a career mentor or life coach, particularly helpful if you’re thinking about a career change.

5. Research

When applying for roles, research the company and find out its industry, culture and structure.

Once you have an interview lined up, research the people you’ll be meeting with. LinkedIn is a terrific resource for this!

Researching will help you to understand the organisation and people, and whether you’d be comfortable working with them.

Check out LinkedIn.com or Seek.com. for learning and job opportunities. Additionally, investigate your local TAFE or community groups for courses.

With the horror years of 2020 and 2021 in the past, now’s the time to look to a brighter future. Refresh those skills, spruce up your resume, and present your best self.

The information contained on this website has been provided as general advice only. The contents have been prepared without taking account of your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. You should, before you make any decision regarding any information, strategies or products mentioned on this website, consult your own financial adviser to consider whether that is appropriate having regard to your own objectives, financial situation and needs.

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