Looking for a job but don’t know where to start? In this blog we’ll share three quick tips to help tailor your job search and improve your chances of landing the job that best fits your profile.
1. Understand your offer
Before you even start searching for jobs, you’ll need to understand what you can offer. A good place to start is to think about the job aspects you enjoy the most based on your tertiary studies. Now, this is not to say you can only take on roles in your area of expertise (as many employers take on people with diverse education backgrounds). But, by focusing on your qualifications you can emphasise the skills you’ve acquired and their transferability across industries. For example, if you've studied Finance, your offering could actually range from being a broker or analyst, to being in marketing and HR (as the underlying skills are similar - i.e. relationship skills, analysis and critical thought processes).
2. Create a compelling story
Now that you have an offering, you need to focus on why prospective employers should take notice of your profile. A good way to go about this is to understand what makes your profile (and you as an individual) unique. This can be as simple as your personality traits or a meaningful experience you’ve had that shaped your career plan. The key is to be genuine in your profile and not afraid to tell prospective employers about your true self. They’re interested in who you are and want to know if you’ll fit with their organisation. You have no reason to be afraid of sharing your motivations or outlining the type of employer you’re looking for. This process is incredibly important as it helps both employers and job seekers assess the cultural fit of each other.
3. Stay ‘plugged’ in
Once you’ve created an attractive offering, it’s all about hooking in the right job opportunities. A good place to start is by attending career fairs or industry events. These events are great for networking with people from the industry and understanding more about their experiences (and how you can tailor your profile to match). You can also make an impression on potential recruiters and help put a face to your name. Another way to stay plugged in is by staying on top of what’s going on in your field. You should read relevant trade journals, join professional social media groups and follow social media pages. This research can give you the latest hiring information, companies on the rise, and companies going through rough patches. It can also be incredibly useful context for when you go through to an interview stage.
Welcome to the very first Job Seeker Tips and Tricks Blog. In the series we'll cover different situations you may be faced with while looking for work and how you can best prepare yourself to succeed.
In this blog we'll discuss the fundamentals of creating your very own Filtr profile. By following our simple four step process you'll be able to easily describe your motivations, skillset and work preferences to prospective employers.
1. Prioritise your motivations
A good starting point is thinking about what you hope to achieve both personally and professionally (yes I know this can sound quite daunting). This is important because if you're looking for job opportunities that don't align with your motivations you will likely burn out or become disengaged after a short period of time. The key to being happy at work is understanding what makes you happy. Take time out to plan how you can balance both and make this clear in your profile to prospective employers.
2. Understand your key strengths
Sounds pretty basic, but another important part of making your profile stand out is by showing you have a solid understanding of your key strengths. This is essential because employers are constantly looking for people with the skills required to perform in a job. You can start by thinking about what you're good at and how this could translate into a job. For example, if you have good communication and interpersonal skills, you would probably best fit a role that plays to those strengths (i.e. customer focused or stakeholder management). By playing to your strengths and making them explicit (i.e. as core competencies), you're more likely to match with a role that you're not only good at but also passionate about.
3. Target industries that will interest you
Focus your profile on industries that you're genuinely interested in. You'll likely become disengaged if you're considering industries only because they're 'easy' or 'safe'. You can start by focusing on the industries you think would best complement your key strengths and training/education. Once you have a list of complementary industries, start looking at leading companies within these industries and what they're looking for from their staff. Take time to research the companies, including their key goals and values, and see how these fit with your passions and interests. This is a good way to quickly work out which industries are the best fit for you.
4. Take your time and review
The fourth and final point is the importance of taking your time while making your profile. Make sure to review your profile for spelling and grammar mistakes. You don't want these errors to distract prospective employers and potentially impact your chances of matching with them. On Filtr, you can manage this by keeping your profile in 'draft mode' until you want to share it with employers. This way you can make sure employers are focused on your profile and not anything else.