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  string(4029) "There comes a time in most of our lives where we find ourselves looking for work. Sometimes it happens by choice, and sometimes by surprise. Either way, it helps to put a process in place and know where to go with your search for your next role.

Here are some steps I have put together that helped me while job seeking:

Step 1

Do not panic. When faced with an employment gap, the natural reaction is to panic. There are bills that need to be paid, long gaps on your resume are not going to look good and there is only so much daytime TV one can watch without going insane. Your ideal role is not going to appear overnight and the recruitment process does not take minutes to complete either. So breathe, make a plan, and set a realistic timeline.

Step 2

Think. This is your opportunity to sit down and see where you are in your career and where you want to go to. Are you happy in the industry you worked in previously? Do you want to explore something new? Now is the time to decide and the best way to maximise this is to make a wish list.

Step 3

Prepare. You need to update your resume and make sure it is selling yourself at your best. There are many sites and blogs that can assist if you find it difficult, but the main points to focus on are your work history and longevity in each role. Highlight your responsibilities and achievements. Won an award for punctuality? Make sure to mention it. Your resume is the first thing a future employer is going to look at so you need to impress, showcase your skills and catch their attention here.

Step 4

Plan. Now you have your wish list and know what you want to pursue, what is the best way to go about it? The most common action here is to go on seek and start searching, but is that the best solution? Not always.

Do some research. If your role is specialised, are there recruitment agencies that can assist? Find a consultant that you can develop a rapport with, one that understands what you are looking for and that you both like and trust.

Look at your wish list; do these companies have a careers page on their website?

Check out social media. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are fast becoming the places to go when seeking a new opportunity. Create a profile based on what you are looking for and make sure it is up-to-date.

Step 5

Apply. Is the role suitable to your capabilities? Does the job description match your experience and qualifications? Then apply. Do not get application-happy and start sending your resume to every organisation that is hiring. One terrible mistake is to miss something from the job description; specific software that is required, a tertiary qualification, even down to the location being suitable. You will save yourself time and effort by only applying to roles you are realistically capable of doing.

Speak to your recruitment consultant about the role. Ask for some advice, discuss the roles you are most interested in, especially those on your wish list and see if they can help out with your search.

Step 6

Follow up. Once you have applied for a role, take a proactive approach and follow up with a phone call or email a day or two later. It shows you are interested and keen to progress. If you are registered with an agency, check in weekly either with a phone call or email and keep yourself in the front of their minds.

With all of the above in mind, make sure you maximise your next job search. Get yourself out there with social media and take the time to create an irresistible resume that is sure to impress. It does not have to be the horrific waiting game it can be. Stay active, do research and follow-up with your applications. Positive mental attitude is key for the entire process. The ideal role is out there for you, you just have to find it and prove that you’re perfect for it.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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There comes a time in most of our lives where we find ourselves looking for work. Sometimes it happens by choice, and sometimes by surprise. Either way, it helps to put a process in place and know where to go with your search for your next role.

Here are some steps I have put together that helped me while job seeking:

Step 1

Do not panic. When faced with an employment gap, the natural reaction is to panic. There are bills that need to be paid, long gaps on your resume are not going to look good and there is only so much daytime TV one can watch without going insane. Your ideal role is not going to appear overnight and the recruitment process does not take minutes to complete either. So breathe, make a plan, and set a realistic timeline.

Step 2

Think. This is your opportunity to sit down and see where you are in your career and where you want to go to. Are you happy in the industry you worked in previously? Do you want to explore something new? Now is the time to decide and the best way to maximise this is to make a wish list.

Step 3

Prepare. You need to update your resume and make sure it is selling yourself at your best. There are many sites and blogs that can assist if you find it difficult, but the main points to focus on are your work history and longevity in each role. Highlight your responsibilities and achievements. Won an award for punctuality? Make sure to mention it. Your resume is the first thing a future employer is going to look at so you need to impress, showcase your skills and catch their attention here.

Step 4

Plan. Now you have your wish list and know what you want to pursue, what is the best way to go about it? The most common action here is to go on seek and start searching, but is that the best solution? Not always.

Do some research. If your role is specialised, are there recruitment agencies that can assist? Find a consultant that you can develop a rapport with, one that understands what you are looking for and that you both like and trust.

Look at your wish list; do these companies have a careers page on their website?

Check out social media. Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are fast becoming the places to go when seeking a new opportunity. Create a profile based on what you are looking for and make sure it is up-to-date.

Step 5

Apply. Is the role suitable to your capabilities? Does the job description match your experience and qualifications? Then apply. Do not get application-happy and start sending your resume to every organisation that is hiring. One terrible mistake is to miss something from the job description; specific software that is required, a tertiary qualification, even down to the location being suitable. You will save yourself time and effort by only applying to roles you are realistically capable of doing.

Speak to your recruitment consultant about the role. Ask for some advice, discuss the roles you are most interested in, especially those on your wish list and see if they can help out with your search.

Step 6

Follow up. Once you have applied for a role, take a proactive approach and follow up with a phone call or email a day or two later. It shows you are interested and keen to progress. If you are registered with an agency, check in weekly either with a phone call or email and keep yourself in the front of their minds.

With all of the above in mind, make sure you maximise your next job search. Get yourself out there with social media and take the time to create an irresistible resume that is sure to impress. It does not have to be the horrific waiting game it can be. Stay active, do research and follow-up with your applications. Positive mental attitude is key for the entire process. The ideal role is out there for you, you just have to find it and prove that you’re perfect for it.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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