Twelve job search tools to find your next job


The start of the year is a time of reflection as we resolve to get fit, declutter our homes, spend more time with family or focus on our careers. In fact, many of us decide to make the move to a new job at the start of the year. The new year also means many companies evaluate their budgets and organisation structures, which could create opportunities that may not have existed before. But before you throw your hat in the ring, have a look at these twelve job search tools. Whether you’re looking for your first job, progressing to a higher level, or changing industries, they’ll help you put your best foot forward and get noticed.

  1. Gumtree – find a new job for roles from industries including government, mining, IT, healthcare and more on Gumtree.
  2. Social media – use social media sites such as LinkedIn to connect to other professionals within your industry. Spend some time to get your profile and picture just right so you present yourself exactly as you want to be seen.
  3. Online tool kit – most of us email or upload our resumes to an employer’s website. However, there are times when you might have to upload or fax certain documents. An online resource such as eFax could come in very handy.
  4. Build your brand – use an online resume builder or attend a seminar to help you with the perfect resume. Start a personal blog that reflects your professional interests. Volunteer for an interest you care about; it’ll show that you’re hard working and might even help you make some new contacts.
  5. Network! – cold call recruiters and build relationships so you’re top of mind when a job comes up. Attend industry events to meet other like-minded people. Catch up with an old colleague or two; you might learn about an opportunity you weren’t aware of.
  6. Find a mentor – an old boss, a former teacher, or someone you’ve met at a networking event can be a great source of advice. Be specific with your questions and cultivate the relationship by exchanging interesting articles and updates.
  7. Upskill – while there are many things you can learn on the job, there are times when a more formal approach is beneficial. Take a course at your local TAFE or university, or attend a one-day seminar to add those skills that you might be missing. Don’t know what you’re missing? Scour job posts to see what employers are looking for.
  8. Know what you’re worth – manage your salary expectations but at the same time, don’t undervalue yourself. Many recruitment companies produce industry-specific salary reports that will help you work out what you’re worth. And check the government jobs data to see where the jobs are.
  9. Get automated – sign up with recruiters, career sites, even specific companies for job alerts to your phone or email. Set up your favourite job searches and let targeted jobs come to you as soon as they’re posted.
  10. Visit your local library – your local library is a fantastic tool if you’re looking for a job. Many of them have access to PC’s, printers and photocopiers as well as resource books for everything from how to write a resume to interviewing skills.
  11. Get organised – before you even apply for a job, get organised. Finalise and proof your resume and make sure to bring an extra copy or two with you to the interview. Write a cover letter specific to the job you’re applying for. Have education certificates and any samples of your work on hand. Check with your referees to make sure they’re available and willing to take a reference call. Finally, make sure you know where you’re going for the interview and arrive on time.
  12. Look the part – put your best foot forward – literally. Shine the shoes, trim the hair and dress to suit the job you’re applying for. A touch of personality with a favourite accessory or stylish shirt will guarantee you stand out, but save the skull earrings for after you’ve got the job.

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