Four months to go and we’re about to say goodbye to 2021, and you haven’t yet found your dream job?
Easier said than done, of course especially in this time of crisis, but there are a few things you can implement right now which can give you a good chance of making this important goal a reality.
Here’s a checklist of some actions you can take to give yourself every chance.
- Firstly, dust off your CV. Have you updated it, do you need to edit it? Can it be better presented? The truth is that you can probably improve your CV by up to 25 percent just by spending a couple of hours on it.
- Customise your cover letter. Don’t send generic cover letters to hundreds of people. Try to tailor fit your letter by addressing it to the general manager or at least the hiring manager. Read the job description and briefly discuss how you are a good fit for the role.
- Renovate your personal “brand” and give yourself a makeover at every level. Come up with a couple of killer ideas you can pitch in a job application to make yourself stand out.
- If you aren’t on Linkedin, get onto it and reach out to people. Put in a good photograph of yourself and talk yourself up. Join groups of like-minded professionals on Linkedin. Think about taking their premium service for your LinkedIn profile just so you can contact people outside of your network. You should also join other social media platforms and make sure that your posts are not embarrassing.
- Job boards and online job postings are all well and good but the truth is that some of the jobs are bogus and many have been taken anyway. Think about finding a recruitment agency which specializes in your profession and introduce yourself to them. If they take you on, they will also have a vested interest in finding you a job.
- Skill up. Are there some computer skills which you can acquire which can help you land that dream job? Any accreditations you don’t have which could be handy? Think about a short course you can do, while working, which can add to your employability.
- Look at your work wardrobe. It’s just possible that you have been sabotaging yourself by dressing too casually, or like a dag. If you are going to get serious about work, you need to look the part.
- Think about changing cities. If your dream job is interstate, or the industry you want to be in is centred elsewhere, you will need to be there too.
- Target a particular company you have always wanted to work for. If there is a “hero” company in your industry, which will give you the job you want and also tick the box on the resume, focus closely on them. Contact their HR Department, inquire about the hiring process and monitor any job ads they put out in the market.
- Rehearse your spiel. You don’t want to sound over-rehearsed in an interview, but get your story straight and make sure you know exactly what you want to say. Too many people leave job interviews regretting they had forgotten to make key points. Don’t be one of these people, and give yourself every opportunity.
- Get some good referees, relevant to the jobs you want. Reach as high as you can for referees, they can be invaluable. And when these people know you are looking for work, they might refer you on to others
Find a New Job Fast : Hottest Jobs in Australia Amidst COVID19
Based on a recent report published by Job Outlook, these are the top industries that are looking for people as the country is still battling the effects of the pandemic:
- Education and Training
- Technical services
The Australian government has funded major building and infrastructure projects, which has a positive impact on people who are in the construction industry.
Education is also an attractive sector as the number of school-aged children is rising, and there’s also a huge demand for trainers who can help working Australians upskil. Teachers and support workers will be needed.
Another promising sector is the technical services, especially IT where people can work from home. Because of the present situation, there’s a rising demand for IT professionals who can deliver services even through a remote setup.
And of course, there’s always a demand for the healthcare sector. Jobs for nurses, hospital staff, caregivers, are already growing because of the pandemic.
Workers are also needed to support the National DIsability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Level Up Your Game
While there are available jobs in many sectors in Australia, you should remember that a lot of people were left jobless due to the pandemic.
Therefore, the job market is now filled with more job seekers, and you should upgrade your skills to make sure that you land a new job quickly before 2021 ends.