Step 2 – Take time to do your research

Starting your Job Search

To help you find a job that you’re going to feel happy about and want to get out of bed for even in a few months time, it’s important to spend time on your research and look carefully at all of the position requirements for all of the different types of roles that interest you.

When you’re searching for jobs, make sure that you’re selecting the correct work options and position categories. Sometimes position titles do not clearly or accurately describe what the position involves so it’s a good idea to explore other categories and learn more about the different position titles that may be used to describe the type of work you’re interested in doing.

Here are some quick tips to help you:

  • If you just want to find work as quickly as possible, it can be a good idea to look for casual/contract positions as a way to get your foot in the door. You can select this as a work option on many of the job seeker websites. Once you get started in a casual/contract role, do a good job and meet the people within the company, they’ll soon realise how much you have to offer and then, if there are permanent or longer term opportunities they may consider you. Most employers are keen to offer opportunities to people they already know and trust to do a good job!  
  • You may find that the job you’re seeking is advertised using different position titles so, make sure to look carefully at all the different types of roles within the job category (& others) and notice the different position titles that are used. By broadening your job search criteria you may find that it helps you to find positions that more accurately match your specific skills, qualifications and experience. 
  • Read the position descriptions carefully for the roles that interest you. In the Duties or Responsibilities section, you should identify the language that’s used to describe any tasks you’ve done in your previous jobs. You can use similar language in your own CV or Cover Letter. 
  • If you notice that there’s a skill/requirement that you’re missing for any of the jobs you want to apply for, research how you can develop or learn this and how much time and/or money it will take. It may not be as hard as you think and if you can add it to your CV/Cover Letter then it will increase your chances of getting an interview. Sometimes you can enrol in a FREE online course!

Increase your chances of getting an interview

Remember that when you’re researching positions to apply for, you should focus on identifying roles where your skills, qualifications and experience broadly match the required criteria. If you apply for roles where you don’t have most of what’s required you’ll more than likely receive no response or a rejection and this will make you feel bad. This can lead to a negative spiral where you begin to think that you’ll never get a job etc.

If you’re not sure if you should apply or not, contact the recruiter either by email or phone and introduce yourself. Learn how to feel more confident calling a recruiter. Use this as an opportunity to build your network and let recruiters know that you’re available.  Then, you can tell them that you’re interested in applying for the role but want to ask a few questions. Learn how recruiters work and how to get their attention.