Having been a career contractor for 20 years, with many assignments in diverse technical areas of PC deployment, networks – communications support, and 5 years in project teams; I have come to learn a few effective things about being successful in job search, how to correctly apply for, and secure the job. Let me impart this experience to you, and the knowledge that I have amassed. Yes, you can do it, and become what you want to in life! You just have to be prepared to work hard at it, be disciplined in applying these principles, follow a strategy, and never give up hope. Success is just around the corner!
The effective ways I find work opportunities are:
- The internet job boards like: LinkedIn jobs, Seek, Smart Jobs, CareerOne, Indeed, Jobnet, OneShift, recruit.net.au, JobsWireGurus.com.au and Gumtree.
- Through recruitment agencies such as Hays, Hudson, Candle, 4Path, Smart work, Square Leg, Lime Recruitment, R&D, Michael Page, Eden Ritchie, Robert Half, Robert Walters, Chandler MacLeod, Davidson Recruitment, Exclaim IT, Greythorn, Hallis, IPA Recruitment, M&T Resources, MTR, One Talent, Paxus, Randstad, Talent 2, Talent international, Talent Path, U&U, e&e, Viiew, People Bank, Data #3, and so many others
- Through networking with my LinkedIn Connections
- Through networking with other contractors in the industry
- Through being headhunted from LinkedIn for specific roles that the employer prefers not to advertise
- Through networking in associations like the Project Management Institute at high level (C-Level and Senior Professionals)
- Through signing up to the large enterprise career portals like Telstra, Optus, iiNet, TPG, Origin, Santos, Worley Parsons, to name a few
To obtain an interview, you have to get your CV, Job application, and cover letter ready and attractive. The best way to do this is to get a professional resume assessor and writer to advise you on the best current strategies and style. Please do not try to do this all by yourself. The best one I have used to date is Karena King and her company is Honest Resumes (www.facebook.com/HonestResumes). Karena can also be contacted via LinkedIn. The reason I praise her as one of the best, is that I have secured more interviews out of using the CV she has helped me create, as well as through modifying job application letter and Suitability statement. She is the best I have used to help with my resume as she has helped me secure more interviews that I previously could, especially in a period when people say there are very few jobs advertised, and practically no one is hiring; I now get so many interviews in a dry month like this December. I have gotten so many more interviews this month than in any other month this year.
Do your research on the companies you want to work for, and make connections on LinkedIn with the hiring managers (especially the ones who can make a decision on hiring matters), and network effectively with them. By effectively, I mean you should engage with them and establish quality conversation to build trustworthy relationships.
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and you have recommendations from previous managers and people who were senior than you in those organisations. Make your profile on LinkedIn as detailed as possible, with everything you have done, as it will then get picked up by the recruiters and hiring companies search engines, so that companies will approach you straight off LinkedIn, for roles they have but might not want to advertise. Make it sure to place a comment, hit Like, and share relevant posts that relate to the type of role you are aiming for; as an example: I am after project management work, so posts that are about leadershipmanagementproject managementworkplace diversityemotional intelligence and so on; these will facilitate your profile being looked at by many relevant people, including companies who are hiring for the types of roles you want to get.
Keep in contact with your friends and former colleagues in the industry, as they may see or know of jobs and hidden opportunities that might suit you, and also should send the links to these jobs through to you, or point to the right people responsible for those jobs.
Find yourself a Career coach in the industry who can guide you on current advice and techniques, and direct you on your leveraged search for work. They must be reputable professionals who know the industry well, and someone you trust and look up to, so you can run your questions and thoughts by them when you need to.
If you are not good at interviews, find yourself an interview coach like Sally-Anne Blanshard (www.facebook.com/nourishcoaching), who can give you great ideas on how to approach your preparation for job interviews and run you through some interview scenarios if you need it.
Professional development – it is most important to be continually doing professional development and updates in the field you want to get the job in. Do technical diplomas and/or an MBA. Two organisations that I found really good for these courses are: Careers Australia and the Australian Institute of Management (AIM). They have helped me so much to professionally grow in this past year, to a climax point where I have concluded a Diploma of Project Management, and a Diploma in Leadership and Management. If you can’t afford to do these level of training courses, obtain discount vouchers which are frequently advertised for online courses, for a fraction of the normal price.
Try to stay positive, as positivity attracts good things to you, and network with pleasant attitude with others that are also out of work, with those who are looking for the same sort of work as you are, so you have people you can count on when things get tough, ones who will encourage you and build you up, and who you should do the same for in return.
Treat the job search like a full-time job because you don’t want to stay on Centrelink type of welfare support for too long.
Last but not least, never ever give up hope. The jobs are out there, and you are more than worthy of them! Like Obama says: “Yes, You Can!”
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