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The workforce and even the nature of work itself is changing
at an incredible pace
While Australia is blessed with a relatively low unemployment rate,
it doesn't mean that finding a job is easy.
Even when the economy is performing well, getting a job can be a
challenge. In Australia's two-speed economy, some industries that
employ relatively few people are hiring regularly while others that
have traditionally generated lots of jobs are struggling. If you're
hitting a brick wall in your job search, it's worth considering the
The days of a job – or even a career – for life are long gone.
Technological change, in particular the disruptive effect the internet
is having on many industries, means the workforce and even the nature
of work itself is changing at an incredible pace. If you're having
trouble finding employment, it may be because there's no longer any
demand for your skill set and you need to develop another one.
Acquiring new skills at TAFE NSW is a good way to do that.
2. Promote yourself
At the very least, you should have a well-written
and extensive LinkedIn profile. Ideally, you should also have
your own personal website that features your résumé and, if possible,
a portfolio of your previous work. Chances are there will be a number
of applicants for any job you apply for and you want to sell yourself
more effectively than your competitors.
3. Consider giving yourself a job
One of the upsides to technological change is that it has made it a
lot easier for anyone with a phone and computer to become a freelancer
or contractor. They can then sell blocks of their time to different
clients rather than having to convince someone to employ them on a
full-time basis. This approach isn't feasible for everyone, but if
it's for you then you should seriously consider it. You may find you
enjoy working like this and, if you don't, you're at least
establishing relationships with people who can potentially offer you a
Go to industry events, offer to intern and ask friends and family if
they know anyone who'd be willing to give you a try. The more people
who know you're looking for a job, the more likely you are to get an offer.
Looking for a job can be disheartening, and potential employers can
sense despair. So no matter what setbacks you encounter, always
remember to remain positive.