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.