Job seeking isn’t just about sending out resumes.  It’s about asking for help, so that you improve your chances to get the job you want.  

We had a candidate who was originally unsuccessful on her application. Originally from overseas, she came and asked us for guidance on how to improve her resume and therefore, chances of getting a job in Australia. Her resume was poorly written and didn’t accurately reflect her abilities or experience; however she was excellent at showcasing her talent when we talked with her. After taking our advice and updating her resume, she was finally successful in gaining the position she originally applied for, and even better than that, and has now advanced within the company to become one of the management team.

Resilience

Be resilient, in today’s tough job market, there’s a chance that you may not be successful with your very first job application. Do not allow a setback or hump in the road deter you, instead accept constructive criticism and adapt to improve your chances next time round.  Learn from your experiences and mistakes and follow your career goals.  Stay optimistic as sometimes something that seems the worst thing to happen can often open doors offering new opportunities.

Confident, not cocky

Don’t be egotistical, it won’t come across well.  It is possible to be confident and humble at the same time.  Listen to people rather than be overconfident and talk it up, as others with confidence can actually spot this a mile away as an insecurity when it is not sincere.  And remember that if you are embellishing your capabilities, the job market is small and the chances are you will be found out.

Be Proactive

Be proactive, pick up the phone and ask questions.  A quick phone call is all it takes, even before you send off your resume, then include a note in your application that you will follow up with a phone call. Make sure that you do in fact follow-up!  Don’t pester and call every day, but putting yourself in front of them shows initiative and eagerness to be a part of their team.

Ask for guidance

Never be afraid to ask for guidance; by asking up front you are seeking feedback.  Always be thankful and ask politely for any improvements they could offer in how you may have better met their requirements as well as what they thought you excelled in. Don’t be afraid to ask them if they have any further suggestions that could be beneficial for you next time around.

It’s not what you say

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it that matters just as much. Your tone can be helpful or it can be hurtful – think about things before you speak and say them with honesty.  This is pertinent for both interviews and written applications. Make sure your grammar and spelling is correct and that the tone is professional.  Have someone else, such as your recruitment agent, review your application if need be. The first 7 seconds of your interview is critical, so make them count! Remember to maintain eye contact  and offer a firm handshake to get the interview off to a great start.  and the correct tone in your voice – if it’s on paper – read it over make sure the grammar is correct – avoid text messages as they can be misunderstood and completely lack emotion.

Accept rejection gracefully, it is a valuable skill to have.  It’s natural to be disappointed when you’re not chosen for the job, but  take it as a prime opportunity for self-improvement.  Keep smiling and remember that you’re not accepting defeat, but you may need to do a little tweaking to truly showcase your skills and capabilities so that employers are falling over themselves to have you on their team.

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