Job Tips

With almost 50 years of experience behind us, we know what employers are looking for in a candidate and we’re more than happy to help that candidate be you.

Here’s a collection of tips to help you in your job search.

If you're new to the interview process...

Resume and cover letter

  • Highlight specific skills relevant to the job you’re applying for
  • Ensure you’re writing in a consistent tone and tense, and above all, the information is correct
  • Make sure that there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors
  • Create your resume as a Word document, as this is the most widely accepted format
  • Clearly list your contact information and ensure your email address sounds professional
  • Use bullet points and avoid long paragraphs 
  • Make sure the language you use is clear, interesting, and easy to understand
  • Update your resume on a regular basis
  • List your name first on your resume. It should be a larger font than the rest of the text and in bold
  • Use headings like ‘Education’ and ‘Career History’ to highlight the different sections
  • Standard length for resumes is 2-3 pages
  • There is no need to write any more than a single page for a covering letter
  • Your cover letter should end with the formal salutation "Sincerely"

Interview

  • Be on time. Allow extra travel time in case of traffic or public transport delays
  • Ask questions. Prepare your questions in advance and ask for relevant information such as what hours will be required and what work day/s are preferable for the employer
  • Speak the right body language. Dress appropriately, make eye contact, give a firm handshake, maintain good posture and speak clearly
  • Be prepared. Check out the employer’s website and search the web for information
  • Show enthusiasm for your potential new position
  • Always take a copy of your resume and any relevant certificates. ie. a copy of your apprenticeship paper
  • STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. Use this as a strategy to map out your answers and avoid rambling.

Acting the part

  • Dress appropriately for the company culture. Research the company online or ask your recruitment contact if there is a dress-code for the interview. 
  • Make sure your interview attire is neat and tidy
  • Switch off your mobile before you enter the building and don’t touch it again until you leave the building
  • Position yourself in a positive, approachable way

For experienced candidates preparing to take the next step

Resume and cover letter

  • Make your resume clear and professional
  • When writing a resume it's important to use a basic font that is easy to read, both for hiring managers and for applicant management systems
  • It is important to have a strong collection of current, relevant referees on hand to support you in your job search
  • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
  • The tone of your cover letter should be professional, friendly and upbeat

Interview

  • Highlight your achievements in previous jobs, not just your duties or responsibilities
  • Find out everything you can about your prospective employers 
  • Give context to your answers by showing your interviewers how your previous experience will benefit them
  • Make sure you allow plenty of time to travel to your interview and arrive early
  • Know yourself - your strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments. Prepare as much as you would for a presentation to the Board of Directors at your company
  • Ensure you understand the role you are applying for and how it is suited to your skills and qualifications
  • Be enthusiastic about your previous experience and what you have achieved, but avoid unnecessary detail
  • Listen actively - there is always something more to learn about the organisation and you may have an opportunity to capitalise on the information later
  • Always use positive language to describe your career history and never criticise former employers, bosses or colleagues
  • At the end of an interview you may be asked if you have any questions for the interviewer. Use this as an opportunity to find out more about how the role might benefit you and show some of your personality

Acting the part

  • Dress appropriately. When in doubt, always err on the side of formal business attire
  • Take the time to say ‘thank you’ after an interview
  • Use examples of your abilities rather than simply saying you’re good at things. It will help the interview panel put your abilities in context and demonstrate your focus
  • Build your network. It is one of the most effective ways to find a new job

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