I’ve been looking for a new job for over 2 months, and stepped it up a notch at the start of September. Here are some things I am learning whilst in the midst of all the craziness.
#1 Books on resume and cover letter writing are brilliant. (Everything I learned about job hunting in high school got me absolutely nowhere) The books I’ve found to be most useful are…
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume by Susan Ireland
No-Nonsense Cover Letters by Arnold & Enelow Boldt.
I looked at a bunch of others, but these were where I got most of my inspiration.
WRITE THE BEST RESUME AND COVER LETTER POSSIBLE!
Oh, and remember to edit them both to suit every application.
#2 Websites like seek.com.au and careerone.com.au are a wonderful starting point to look for jobs. Remember you can also Google the companies you see yourself working for and add careers into the search bar to see if they’re hiring or have an expression of interest button. Sometimes the positions may not show up on either of the aforementioned websites and it’s up to you to use some initiative.
#3 Sew your seeds. If we spend all our time thinking about the one job application we made this month, it can send us bonkers… especially if we don’t get the job, or worse, don’t hear anything at all. *Rude much?*
Apply for as many jobs per day as you can. Even contract positions, or casual work will still give you experience. Expressions of interest count as applications as well, and you never know who will pick you from the hundreds of applications.
#4 It pays to personalise your cover letter, call the place you’re applying to and ask who to address the cover letter to, rather than having the universal opener of ‘to whom this may concern.’ Remember to be your most professional self on the phone.
#5 Go the extra mile, literally. You can drop your resume off in person as well as completing the online application. Use nice paper, and add a recent photo if you like. This step matters even more if the online application is experiencing a glitch. Show how much you want the job by handing it in, in person.
Read the rest of Bel’s job hunting tips next week!