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Finding a job

Your chances of finding your ideal job will be significantly increased if you have a plan of action, a strategy, to direct your search for employment. Another critical success factor in finding employment is to be clear about your employment options and the type of employment you are seeking so that you can adopt a targeted approach to job search.

Organise yourself when looking for a job

You can better balance your job search activities and effort so that you are accessing as many job opportunities as possible both advertised and unadvertised. Being organised will help you to remain proactive and in control of your level of job search activity, rather than having to wait and react to circumstances. You will be able to focus your energy, attention and momentum so that you are likely to find work more quickly.

Writing targeted applications

A targeted approach means that you have identified one or more options that are of interest to you including possible job role/s. Ideally you will also have identified the types of organisations that you would like to investigate regarding availability of these types of jobs.

Finding employment is all about marketing yourself, your capabilities and the contribution you can potentially make to an organisation. This means that your marketing material – especially your resume, must contain information about you that is relevant (or targeted) to the job role you are seeking.

Advertised positions

There are a lot of positions advertised in print media, or on the internet either through dedicated recruitment organisations such as seek.comglassdoor and, or on individual company web sites.

Dealing with Recruitment Agencies

Recruitment Agencies are organisations which match job candidates to vacant jobs. They often have a shop front. There are agencies for specific professions, such as computing, engineering, construction and nursing.

You do not have to pay to use their services as the agencies receive money from the employers.

You will need to register your details with the agency. It is advisable to register with 3 or 4 agencies. Registration can take up to an hour. The agency will ask you questions about your previous employment. They will also ask for a copy of your CV. You will be contacted when suitable positions arise. It is beneficial to phone the agency every fortnight to remind them that you are looking for work.

Keep good records

When you begin to seriously look for employment it is possible that you will prepare numerous, and different versions of cover letters, your resume and other documentation associated with your application.

Should you be invited to attend an interview, or an employer contacts you by telephone (with or without notice) to conduct a screening interview, it will be imperative that you are able to quickly locate and refer to the information you have given that employer.

A good filing system will assist you to do this. Keep a separate file for each job application. Include in this file:

  • The job advertisement.
  • Job or person specifications.
  • Any notes or worksheets associated with the position
  • A copy of the cover letter, resume and any other documentation you send to the employer.