If you have recently graduated, or are looking for a new job then you must be all too familiar with how stressful and on occasion frustrating the process can be. What do you apply for, do you do cold calls with your CV, how long do you wait for a response? Here are some tips to help you through the process…
Ask for help
There is no shame in asking for some help with the process… While you may not be too keen on tapping into connections or calling in some favours, the truth is that you should not simply brush such opportunities aside. It’s called networking for a reason, and you may find that even asking someone for advice could come in handy. For instance, many colleges and recent graduates get career coaching Sydney and while this might be expensive or not something you have access to there is no harm or shame in asking for help.
Get your own career coaching from a friend or mentor in a field that you would like to work in. They could help you with applying, telling you what sectors might be hiring and even help you get an interview! Do not pass up on such opportunities.
The next thing to do is to make sure that your resume is up to date and is ready to send out to potential work places. Your resume is the first and best indication at least at the early stage of who you are and what you want. Ideally, your resume should not be longer than two pages only include the most important information on it and make sure that it is clearly presented and easy to read. Depending on the nature of your work, you may want to adjust your resume to reflect that. For instance if you are a graphic designer or artist, then you may want to have your resume reflect your abilities. Also check on what criteria the job application requires your resume to fill. On occasion some companies ask that you mail in a video of yourself instead of a resume, in which case you need to have that ready.
Apply for every job that you think you are qualified for. Even if the job seems a little beyond your reach or something you may not have considered or even if it is an area you always wanted to work in but didn’t feel you had the qualifications to. In the end your personality and work ethic will also count and you may be pleasantly surprised to find that not everything is out of your reach.