Eight steps for local jobseekers to ‘Get that Job’
Local jobseekers can follow a simple eight-step job search plan to help them on the pathway to a fulfilling career.
The aim of the eight-step job search plan is help jobseekers, particularly young jobseekers, prepare a good foundation for their future endeavours in the employment market.
Anything of value does not come easily but the rewards will follow if jobseekers put in the extra effort to build the foundations for a future career.
Step 1 - Set Goals
All successful people set goals. To get the job you want you must set specific, measurable and timely goals. For example to phone three employers within the hospitality industry every day
Step 2 - Determine Salary Expectations
Think about a long-term salary goal and then a short-term salary goal. Will you need to undertake more training and skill development to reach your preferred salary level?
Step 3 - Research Industry Sector
What is the employer looking for in an employee - the level of qualifications, experience, attitudes, image etc?
Step 4 - Self Development
Understand what you need to improve about yourself and whether you have the required level of education, experience or necessary qualities for the job.
Step 5 - Developing A Prospect List
Make a list of potential employers to target. Include the company name, address, telephone number, names / titles to be contacted, background on the company. Source this information from the Internet, the newspaper, telephone book etc.
Step 6 - Self Promotion
A good resume is like your own personal advertisement. Develop a good hard copy and electronic version of your resume, application letter and thank you letter. You'll also need to practice your interviewing skills.
Step 7 - Be a Proactive Job Searcher
Actively look for a job because the job won't look for you. Visit your local employment provider who can assist you with relevant job search advice and where to access the latest job information.
Step 8 - The Interview
The interview is a sales presentation with you as the product. Prepare yourself before the interview. List the likely questions you will be asked and how you will answer them. Understand your personal qualities and the benefits you will offer your employer. Know the company. When you first meet the interviewer, shake their hands, smile and look them in the eye. Be confident in your posture and voice. Be polite.