1. Start seeing other people
SEEK might be the number 1 job search site for many, but there are other sites out there eager to help you get that next dream position, jam packed with fantastic job opportunities perfect for you.
Kick start your job search by updating your resume and cover letter and adding sites like Career One, Adzuna and Indeed.com to your hit list. Ten minutes is all it takes to jump into these fantastic sites and register. Let them know your dream role and the salary you're expecting and then sit back and wait for the tidal wave of hand-picked, perfect-for-you jobs to start rolling in to your Inbox. Easy!
Registering with these great sites means that all the hard work in trawling for a role is done for you. As soon as a job comes up that's suited to you you'll receive an email straight to your Inbox, ensuring you're always one of the first to apply and never risk missing out on an opportunity.
Checking out SEEK once a week will give you a handful of potential positions, getting out there and registering with three other top players will have you spoiled for choice!
2. Filter out the noise
Filter out the noise and get straight to your next job with websites dedicated to you and your industry. A quick 10 minute search can reveal websites focused solely on your area of expertise. As well as filtering out the clutter of unrelated roles that appear on other sites, these often overlooked job boards increase your chances of finding that dream role while the competition is looking the other way.
These sites often feature job ads that don't appear anywhere else and, as well as giving you a keen advantage over other jobseekers, it can hugely reducing your competition in getting to that next crucial interview stage.
While over 2.4 million people are flocking to Seek every month to view the jobs advertised there you could be one of a much more select group viewing the latest hot jobs on Teachers.com, Countingjobs.com.au (for those in the financial sector) or Healthcarejobs.com.au
Check out some of the 400+ teaching jobs currently on Teachers.com, some of the 370+ financial positions featured on efinancialcareers.com.au or one of the over 230 creative roles being offered via theloop.com.au.
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See a full list of industry specific tailored job sites made just for you here.
3. Link in and luck out
LinkedIn is fast becoming your BFF in job hunting. Long underestimated as a tool for bridging the gap between you and your dream job, LinkedIn is the place you can shine among your future colleagues, impress potential employers and create a personal brand that will get you hired.
More than just an online run-down of your work history, this powerful site creates a platform for you to connect to 'movers and shakers' in your industry. It's a place you can share articles that showcase you as topically current and switched-on to your peers, and allows you to post your own articles that position you as a thought leader in your industry. Currently with over 33,000 jobs posted on the site, they also have regular promotions of new job roles and alert you when one is suited to you.
On top of all this 93% of hiring managers search LinkedIn for recruits. So taking ten minutes in a day to update your profile and interact with your industry through LinkedIn will set you ahead of the pack.
What's the best way to get the most out of LinkedIn during your job search, in 10 short minutes? It's simple!
- Jump in and post an article you've read that engaged or inspired you.
- Search for companies or industry leaders that you would love to work for and click the 'Follow' button to instantly build your connections
- Stay active by commenting on blog posts others have published (making sure your comments are professional, relevant and add value to the conversation)
- Update your profile and working history to help you to shine. A great way to improve your profile is to check out other profiles by people in a similar role to see what the benchmark is. Viewing these will allow you to compare the amount and quality of profile info people are presenting and make sure yours is good enough to shine when seen by that all important recruiter or employer looking to fill a role.
4. Contract is the new full time
I spent 12 years working in all facets of my industry in permanent roles before I explored contract work, and I've never looked back. Despite the benefits it's something that many of us never even consider.
Working through a recruitment or contract agency lets you have flexible hours, lets you choose the projects you take on and how long you do them for. They often pays more than a locked-in permanent role and means you are never bored, never stale and always exploring. While this may not be suited to everyone, the benefits of operating as a contractor are immense and could open up a whole new supply of work for you – all on your terms.
There are a host of agencies out there, many of them specialised just to your industry, hungry for candidates to put forward for positions that often never even get advertised. The time of the 'full time permanent role with a trial period at the start' is coming to an end. These days, many companies are using three week or three month contract roles as the the 'getting to know you' time before hiring. The relationship you build in your dynamic contract role could well be the start of something permanent three weeks down the track – a foot in the door you may never have had if not for your foray into the freelance world.
Take ten minutes to do a quick search in your town for agencies dealing in short term or contract positions in your area, you'll be surprised how quick and easy it is to connect with contract recruiters and open the door to a whole new pool of job opportunities and employers eager for your skills and expertise.