Job Search Tips
Be prepared before you start actively seeking employment. We can help you devise a plan of action which details your target industries, occupations, salary expectations and your skills and experience which would best fit the needs of your prospective employers.
Target your resume
Make sure your resume is targeted to the position you are applying for and always ensure that your skills and experience best reflect your ability to perform the role being advertised
An amazing 70-80% of jobs are never advertised as employers are able to fill positions before they need to advertise. Try networking with your family, friends, community to find out if they know of any opportunities and ask them to recommend you for these positions.
Be assertive and proactive
Don’t wait around for opportunity to come knocking on your door. While cold calling on potential employers can be intimidating, it remains a powerful strategy. It’s important to get through the door first, before your competition.
The internet is a friend
Using online job search engines will provide you with opportunities for employment and a strong understanding of the skills, experience and training employers are seeking in the areas of employment you are seeking.
Prior to applying for a role, research the company and the market they operate in, core customers and any new developments within the company and their competitors. This can be done via the companies website, newspapers or trade journals.
Follow up and record keeping
It’s important to maintain a careful record of all interviews, referrals made and follow-up actions. Not maintaining this information often leads to the loss of valuable contacts as well as credibility with prospective employers.
Check your references
Ensure they are current and be aware that they may be contacted to provide you with a reference. If your references are made aware in advance they will be more likely provide you with a stronger recommendation for employment.
Seek out professional assistance
Recruitment agencies are an excellent resource for job leads. Some specialise in specific occupational areas, and many often have exclusive arrangements with companies. Contact us for a list of agencies that may be able to assist you.
Be temporarily flexible
Temporary or contract jobs are a great way to learn skills, gain experience, and earn money while looking for a permanent position. They are also a way to prove your worth and be first in line when a full-time position does open up.
How to create a winning resume
Creating a winning resume can sometimes be more difficult than it seems. At MBC we are here to help create you a unique resume which puts forward to employers your experience, skills and attributes which will best place you to secure an interview.
We understand how having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing that dream job. First impressions count, which is why it’s so important to convey an accurate and professional understanding of you and your capabilities to all potential employers. It’s easy to overlook things when you’re worried about your job search, our tips can take some of the stress off.
- Always type your resume. Use a computer and print a fresh copy.
- Review your resume for spelling or grammatical errors.
- Ensure you include your name and contact details on the resume.
- Order information reverse chronologically i.e most recent employment first.
- Format your resume consistently, using bullet points instead of paragraphs.
- Review your resume often to ensure all information is up to date.
- Ensure your Resume uses legible font and is easy to read.
- Make sure it has no creases, folds or marks, printed single side.
- Review the internet for samples or ask an MBC Consultant for further tips.