Take some advice from Ron Barassi, he's coached plenty of winners. Ultimately winning that job is up to you but we’ve prepared some helpful tips to help you along the way.
Do you need some handy tips to send you to the top of the class and help you put a first class Resume or CV together?
Always keep your Resume or CV up to date and avoid time consuming rewrites. With an up to date CV, you will be ready to go when you see your dream job advertised.
Your resume should contain;
- Personal Details at the top of the first page. There’s no need for a cover sheet and details like age, gender and marital status are considered outdated.
- Your Employment History should be succinct but give adequate information about you so write this section carefully to achieve the right balance.
- Pay attention to style and format as you want to make the document as reader friendly as possible
- When listing your Educational Background don’t forget to list any additional training you may have done be it a Workshop, Certificate Course or Employer based training
- With regard to your formal education, the most detail should accompany your most recent achievement.
- Remember to list your Key Achievements to show you are someone who is recognised for your efforts
- Referees - you can choose to list them on your Resume (two is generally best) or mention that Referees are available upon request. That way you can advise potential Referees they may be about to receive a phone call
- It is sometimes beneficial to have a couple of versions of your resume or one version that you can “tailor” depending on the job you’re applying for
- A printable version and on online version for emailing can be valuable too
A great cover letter will always make an impression with potential employers. Read our tips on how to put a winning cover letter together.
- A good cover letter can get your foot in the door of a potential employer by securing an interview so don’t underestimate this part of the process
- Styles of good cover letters vary greatly but fundamentally a cover letter should demonstrate that you clearly understand both the Role and the Selection Criteria
- Your Cover Letter should also demonstrate that you have the skills to perform the duties required by the employer
So you've scored an interview but are you ready to put your best foot forward and make a lasting impression?
When you’re registered as a Careerlink candidate we can assist you in preparation for an interview with a potential employer.
We understand job interviews can be stressful so we aim to do our best to take that stress away. If you're open to the idea of interview coaching, we recommend this prior to meeting with potential employers.
Most employers will test the skills of their potential and future employees. Our advice is to be prepared.
There are a range of tests an employer will put potential employees through. These may include but are not limited to;
- Typing speed and accuracy
- Computer literacy
- Those tests that are specific to the role
Potential employees can prepare for some of these test by taking online spelling and typing tests via Google.
Do you have the required documentation for the position you're applying for?
Required documentation often includes evidence of the right to work in Australia and employers will sometimes ask potential employees for;
- Proof of Australian Citizenship
- Proof of Australian Residency
- Working Visa for Australia
You may also be asked for documents including but not limited to;
- Driver's Licence (different classes)
- Proof of Qualifications / Training
No-one wants to work for an inappropriate rate of pay so it is worth your while to do some research.
Job boards such as Seek and CareerOne provide useful information on Salary guides.
For information on Award rates of pay as established by Fair Work Australia;
So you didn't get the job ... is there anything left for you to do?
If you were unsuccessful in the job selection process, don't dismay it happens to all of us at some stage in our careers. There are however, a few things you can still do;
- Don't burn your bridges by being negative about the employer. You never know what opportunities may arise in the future
- You can always ask the employer where you went wrong in the interview. Was there a better qualified candidate, if so, where can you improve your skills for next time?
- You can ask the employer to keep your details on file should any future opportunities arise
- Chances are the successful candidate may be subject to a probationary period and if that doesn't work out, you can ask to be reconsidered for the position
- Always be gracious and thank a potential employer for considering you even when you are unsuccessful