Skills and Jobs Top Tips
Thursday, 9 April 2020
Each week our Skills and Jobs Professionals are putting together a list of tips that can help you throughout the job-seeking process.
With both COVID-19 and the recent bushfires, we understand that these may have had a negative economic impact on households, this may include yourself or a member of your family losing their jobs or a decline in income. We want to help you get back into the workforce in whatever way we can. This includes providing resources that you’re able to use or running sessions (online or in-person) that can help you find ways to showcase yourself and your skills.
This week our careers counsellor has put together the following tips to help you with your career seeking or job application process.
Ensure that your resume reflects what the employer is looking for, I.e. relevant skills, knowledge or if you’re having a career change, focus on employability skills.
Identify Your Point of Difference
What sets you apart from the rest of the crowd, e.g. how do you go about doing things, how do you problem solve, how do you work in teams?
Don’t stop and stay in tune to what’s happening in the labour market
Be flexible to consider other opportunities
If what you are doing is not working, do something different. Think broadly. Look in different industries as jobs may not be where you expect. Eg. In the Retail Industry, it is not only about sales, and depending on the size of the business, it can also include jobs such as warehousing, marketing, cleaning, security or human resources.
Whare are your 'values'? i.e. What really matters to you in the context of your next career or job move?
Think back on your last job/career and ask yourself what kept you motivated and engaged? What was really important to you in that job/career? See if you can create a list of your Top 5 values, in priority order. Need help? Give us a call!
Conduct your own SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis.
Strengths - what do you do well? Weaknesses (i.e. challenges, areas for improvement) - what could you improve on? Opportunities - How could you turn your strengths into opportunities? Threats - what is your competition doing?
Every job is unique.
To give yourself the best opportunity, ensure you tailor your resume for each job. It is so important for an employer to find the right match for their business, and you don't want to find yourself missing out by submitting a generic resume that doesn't reflect what the employer is looking for!
Is your approach to job seeking working?
If yes, great, if not consider changing what you are doing. Examples could be, change where and how you look; review your Resume; link in with your networks; consider other opportunities promoting your employability skills.
Cover Letters – Cover Letters are a great opportunity for you to tell an employer which role you are applying for and why you are interested in it. It outlines who you are and your ‘fit’ for the position. One page in length is sufficient unless otherwise stated. If you are unsure, send us in a draft and we will help you!
We hope these tips help you with your job search. Check back in next week for a few more helpful tips to get you through!
For more information or help with your job applications, you can contact the Wodonga Skills and Jobs Centre by calling 1300 698 233, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Skills and Jobs website here.