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It's worth making use of traditional job-search methods as
well as thinking outside the box
People find jobs in all sorts of different ways, so it's a smart move
to explore as many avenues as possible.
To maximise your chances of finding the kind of work you're after in
the shortest amount of time, it's worth making use of traditional
job-search methods as well as thinking outside the box.
Many people looking for a job don't do much more than log on to SEEK.
Undoubtedly, many are lucky enough to get a job that way, but if
you're not one of them then it's time to look further afield. There
are other generalist online job boards such as CareerOne and MyCareer
as well a host of sites devoted to particular industries, such
EthicalJobs, which advertises not-for-profit and charity positions.
LinkedIn has now reached a tipping point with most people in
professional occupations having signed up. Employers look set to make
even greater use of this site to advertise positions and find possible
candidates, so it's imperative you create a profile on it. View tips for
developing your online persona.
If you have a skill set that's in demand, you will find recruitment
agents eager to work with you. If you don't, you'll likely discover
they're not very interested in assisting you. Nonetheless, it's always
worth ringing around and seeing if any agencies will put you on their books.
If there is a business you'd like to work for, you can ring them and
ask if there are any openings. Do some research first into who's the
best person to contact. In a medium to large company it will probably
be the HR department, while with a smaller business it may be the
owner or manager. Ring up, ask if they are free to talk then briefly
outline your background and explain why you're keen to work there. If
they show any interest (or even if they don't), follow up with an
email containing your résumé and thank them for their time.
You want the world to know you're in the market for a job. Ask former
or current employers, friends, family or, if studying at university or
TAFE, you can even ask your lecturers if they can be of any assistance
in matching you up with potential employers.
If you do everything possible to find employment, your efforts are
bound to pay off sooner rather than later.