How to Optimise Your Job Search – Part Two
Last time we looked at how thinking of yourself as a brand, a value proposition could help you focus your strengths and skills during this unprecedented pandemic. We also looked at how important it is to have a live and active LinkedIn account to maximise your job prospects. In this blog, we are looking at other ways to optimise your job search strategies and ensure you are doing all you can to maintain your employment during COVID-19.
Many job seekers, especially in these uncertain times, are in a slight state of panic where to turn to ensure continuity of employment. Some will rely on word-of-mouth or recommendations; some are able to rely on other secondary skills if their primary strengths are temporarily not in demand. But some people will turn to job-seeking sites to give themselves the best chance of reaching as wide a range of suitable active employers as possible.
On balance, the Internet is your best resource for job seeking and career development. Today in Australia, you can look for jobs across a wide range of industries on many different job boards and apply for them with relative ease online. Some of these job aggregation sites even go the extra mile and provide information on how to write a resume, so well in an interview, or develop your career.
Australian JobSearch is a first-class site for government jobs. From contract positions to full and part-time jobs, the site also offers assistance on traineeships, apprenticeships and more. Full of tips and industry information, this is a great resource.
A great general job site updated constantly and loaded with job seeking tips, career advice and support services.
One of the largest aggregate sites around – rumoured to have the most candidates than any other site, its reputation for successfully matching job seekers with employers is highly regarded.
Another aggregate site, but a well-stocked one that has highly versatile search facilities meaning you can filter down searches to find jobs that suit your needs perfectly. What is more, Adzuna offers an exclusive CV evaluator — ValueMyCV — a service that estimates the worth of your CV to see if you are due for a pay rise.
Deliberately aimed at a younger clientele, Found has been described as the Tinder of Australian job-seeking sites. Rather like LinkedIn, instead of submitting a resume and cover letter, users create a profile and are awarded stars for filling in different sections. Employers chat with job seekers in real-time and search for candidates by previous roles held, certifications, location and previous employers.
A great concept, Ethical Jobs brings together individuals and organisations committed to sustainability and ethical work practices, and who provide a platform for jobs that align with these principles. They list community, environmental, not-for-profit and social enterprise roles that allow the jobseeker to contribute to society, either through the job or the organisation they work for.
Without any doubt, Seek is the number one website in Australia by numbers. It is far ahead of the competition and only seems to be strengthening its position. Seek is the most visited job site in Australia that regularly tips 20m visits per month. Seek is listed among the top 50 companies on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). It has also been listed among the Top 20 Most Innovative Companies Globally by Forbes, and Number One in Australia. Another staggering statistic is that Seek displays approximately 70% of all online job adverts in Australia.
Even though we are living a more isolated existence at the moment, do not neglect the value of networking to optimise your job search. As businesses adapt to the new reality of remote work brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, so too will we adapt the social behaviours that enable us to stay in touch and forge new relationships with co-workers, partners, customers, and potential clients.
First of all, get comfortable with the technology. It does not matter what platform you use—Zoom, Google Hangouts or Skype – the important thing is to show up. One good tip to remember, look directly into the camera when you are speaking online is good practice!
Ironically, virtual networking can sometimes foster strong ties even more quickly than face-to-face interactions – think virtual happy hours, for example. The inability to be with friends and loved ones who are not under the same roof during a stressful and scary time has pushed individuals to be creative with technology that is more often used for business meetings.
In these moments of social decompression, humour often replaces boardroom etiquette as wine glasses clink and virtual “cheers” cut through the daily anxieties and uncertainty. As we have said in our blog about adapting to working from home, companies are adding virtual morning coffee breaks, lunchtime trivia sessions, and other events that enable employees to socialise and rekindle relationships.
There really is no reason to give up networking, especially when so many are looking for work. How it operates has changed, but the human aspect remains the same and showing a genuine interest in others will be appreciated. After COVID-19 has been eradicated, we will probably continue to do some networking online, though it will never replace real-life interaction.