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Tips n hints

Let the experts give you a few tips for finding a new job

Finding a job can sometimes be tricky. Your friendly Jobfind consultant can help you with training and finding jobs that suit you, but there are a few things you can do to get started and make the process easier.

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1. Be clear on your preferred job but also be flexible.

Make sure that the job you are seeking is a realistic goal. Find out the skills and experience required so as to consider how much you might match them. Be prepared to be flexible on the type of job or the location depending on your goals.

2. Update your resume and produce ‘calling cards’.

Aim to stand out from the crowd with your resume and always have a copy with you (you never know when a job opportunity may come up). You may also like to produce ‘calling cards’ or personal ‘business cards’ with your contact details to hand out as appropriate. Every good idea counts.

3. Time and effort will pay off.

Check newspapers or go online every day to see what’s out there. Also, pick up the phone as often as possible and target recruitment agencies specific to your industry. Decide on the minimum hours you will spend job searching each week and make sure you achieve this.

4. Go the extra mile.

Try a few different approaches to job searching and make sure you fill in ‘expressions of interest’ forms when offered by a company. Phone canvassing and door knocking are tough work but can pay off big time when you find a job.

5. Learn how to network.

Did you know that 80% of jobs are not advertised? Hence networking is a great way to find these. Tell everyone you know you are looking for a job and the type of work you are interested in. Stay in touch with the right people and gently prompt them about any jobs they know about. Your Jobfind consultant can help you learn more about networking.

6. Tailor your resume and cover letter to each job.

Make sure you answer all the selection criteria given in the advertisement and try to find a contact name to add to your cover letter. Remember to include any unpaid work experience on your resume, as all of your experience counts.

7. Improve and practice your interview skills.

Practice, practice, practice. In the end, it’s worth it. Participate in mock interviews and ask for feedback from the person ‘interviewing’ you. Learning how body language works is also important. Practice looking people in the eye and always prepare at least 2-3 questions you could ask an interviewer.

8. Be reliable.

Attend all appointments and interviews – no excuses – and respond quickly to any requests for information or forms to be filled out. Employers rate ‘reliability’ as one of the most important qualities in an employee so make sure you demonstrate this right from the start.

9. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Be punctual and appropriately dressed for interviews. Employers rate ‘appearance’ as an important quality (along with attitude, experience and reliability). Up to 90% of the selection decision is based on your tone of voice and visual appearance (e.g. how you sit or stand), especially during the first 5 minutes.

10. Keep smiling and stay positive.

Smile often and practice smiling with your eyes (make sure they light up!). Remember that on average people go to 8 interviews before being offered a job so keep going. Don’t give up. Attitude and enthusiasm are 2 of the most important qualities employers look for, so stay positive and you’re half way there!


Jobfind’s resume tips

Your resume is often an employer’s first introduction to you, so make it a good one!

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Resume writing isn’t as easy as it looks. Here are 12 tips to make your resume work for you:

  1. Include your name at the top of every page in case one comes loose.
  2. Make sure your contact details are up to date.
  3. Never handwrite your resume – use a computer to type up and print a fresh copy.
  4. Print your resume in black ink on white paper (don’t decorate it with clip art or graphics).
  5. Make sure it has no creases, folds or marks and only print on one side of the paper.
  6. Use bullet points rather than writing long paragraphs.
  7. Don’t cramp the information – make sure there is plenty of white space
  8. Format your resume consistently – consider your bullets, underlining, font type and size
  9. Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors (your computer’s spellcheck can help!).
  10. Always use A4 paper and staple any cover letters so they don’t get lost.
  11. There is no need for a title sheet stating it is a ‘Resume’.
  12. Want to see a sample resume, or find a resume template on which to base your own? The internet is full of such things. Talk to one of our consultants and they can help point you in the right direction.

How to structure your resume

There are many ways to structure your resume and your Jobfind consultant can help you find the format that’s right for you. The following is a basic resume structure or resume template as some call it (with some more helpful hints along the way):

Contact details

  • Include your name, address, phone number and email address.
  • If you don’t have a phone ask a friend or relative if you can use their number as your ‘contact number’.
  • It’s not necessary to incorporate details relating to your age, nationality, race, religion, gender or marital status. So don’t include these.

Education and training

 

Include a list of the schools, colleges or TAFEs you have attended or any other training you have done applicable to the job. For example: 2003 – Bundaberg TAFE Certificate II in Hospitality Operations

Hobbies and interests

 

Mary Jones – General Manager, Hammer & Nails Hardware (02) 9999 1234 Joe Smith – Owner/Manager, Hungry’s Takeaway (02) 9999 1235

 

Jobfind’s cover letter tips

Don’t underestimate the importance of the Cover Letter.

The Cover Letter is the first thing an employer will see when they pick up your resume. Its main purpose is to introduce your resume and highlight why you’re the best candidate for the job. It can demonstrate your communication skills, level of professionalism, give insights into your personality and tell someone how much attention you pay to detail (e.g. spelling and grammar).

So make sure your Cover Letter is really working to your advantage.

How? Well, here are a few tips.

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Setting it up:

  1. Use a standard ‘business’ format for your letter. That means the date and addressee details at the top left of the page and your contact details at top right. List your name, address, phone number and email address (even if it’s on your resume as well).
  2. Be original! Use cover letter examples as a guide only and avoid common or clichéd expressions. Remember…you want to stand out from the rest.

Content:

  1. Your ultimate goal is to convince the reader you should be considered for the position by outlining your current skills and career goals. You can do this by writing a paragraph or simply by writing bullet points.
  2. State who you are, why you are writing and how you heard about the company/vacancy.
  3. Write about the requirements of the job directly and include some of the language used in the advertisement.
  4. Mention something positive about the company and why you would like to work there.
  5. Don’t say anything negative about your current employment situation or personal life. Keep your letter positive and enthusiastic.
  6. Clearly state what documents are attached. Never send original certificates or references, send copies only.
  7. Finish your letter by highlighting your enthusiasm and stating that you look forward to hearing from them.
  8. If you are sending it by post, sign your letter in blue or black ink. If you are sending it via email, your full name printed as the sign-off is appropriate.

Before you send:

  1. Make sure the letter includes the correct company name and contact details.
  2. Double-check for spelling or grammatical errors. Ask someone else to check it and make suggestions (a fresh pair of eyes always helps!).
  3. Ensure your letter is evenly-spaced and that there’s plenty of ‘white space’.
  4. If sending by post, print your cover letter on clean, crease-free paper.

Once you have sent it:

  1. Keep a copy of all your letters to refer to when you are contacted.
  2. If you haven’t received a reply within a few days of the closing date, contact the employer to politely follow up on the progress of your application.

What can we offer you?

  • Friendly and experienced consultants and mentors who are focused on working with you to build your pathway to meaningful employment.
  • Help preparing a resume and easy-to-follow coaching to build up your confidence and improve your interview skills.
  • Access to programs identifying your strengths and the jobs that suit you.
  • Use of the facilities in our centre including phone, fax, computer, internet, email and newspapers.
  • Access to a wide range of training programs including online, face to face skills training and accredited courses that are developed by companies who are the best in the business.
  • The opportunity to take part in Work Experience with local businesses to help you gain on-the-job skills.
  • Employment services consultants who will market you to prospective employers.
  • Regular contact and support once you get that dream job.

 

Education and training

At Jobfind we have a saying: Anything is Possible. Actually, it’s more than a saying, it’s something we live by. With the range of quality training and education courses that we offer you, anything really is possible when it comes to finding that great job.

We are a proud leader in the development of easy-to-use computer-based training for our participants Australia-wide.

Why are we proud of this? Simply because it allows those looking for a job to gain the additional skills needed to find, get and keep that job. In many cases, the training is delivered in a “blended learning” environment with qualified trainers and mentors working side-by-side with you to make the journey more personal, fun, satisfying and successful. Also, these courses are developed by award-winning specialists who are widely known as the best in the business.

Finally, we thought we should mention the cost to you of most of this training and education. NOTHING! That’s right, our state-of-the-art online courses are at no cost for eligible job seekers. That’s just one more thing Jobfind is doing to make sure you get the job.

You don’t have to do this on your own

One of our main focuses is making sure you’re ready to work. And to do that we offer you all kinds of training and support along the way. We have a range of programs available to help you increase your skills and find the job that’s right for you. Our friendly and highly experienced consultants work with you one-on-one and in groups to give you the best chance of finding a long lasting job.

Some of the training programs we offer:

Ready4Work program

In our Ready4Work Program a dedicated facilitator will work with you to give you the confidence and motivation you need to become ‘Ready4Work’. Ready4Work runs at all Jobfind Centres and is tailored to the local area and the people who live there.

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Ready4Work

Ready4Work is Jobfind’s own employment preparation program delivered to our locations around the country. The program can be individually tailored to the needs of those using it, meaning you’ll receive the skills and assistance you need to become, you guessed it, ‘Ready4Work.’

How it works

Ready4Work is run in fun and dynamic group sessions by an experienced facilitator. This same facilitator will also meet with you one-on-one to work on a plan that ensures you get the help and assistance needed to become ‘job ready’. Ready4Work activities focus on increasing motivation, routine, participation and confidence. Ready4Work is very flexible and is never the same in 2 different sessions or areas. Remember, this isn’t school, it’s a method of ensuring you’re ready to secure that great job.


Ready2Go

Ready2Go is an offshoot of Ready4Work which helps you identify issues in your current circumstances and then find the solutions and support available to you. These courses provide practical advice to help you overcome any barriers and get on with life and work.

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Ready2Go

 

Helping in any way we can

We understand that there may be things going on in your life that have nothing to do with work. Certain issues that may stop you in your tracks, on the way to getting a great job. Ready2Go is a program developed to help job seekers identify and address ‘roadblocks’ to employment. Ready2Go courses focus on building or improving life skills to bring you closer to looking for, getting and keeping a job.

How it works

There are a few different courses that you can complete at your local Jobfind Centre with an experienced facilitator. Our skilled facilitators will help you work through and complete the courses, which are chosen with your circumstances and goals in mind.   Some of the areas you can focus on include:

  • Accessing Community Services: choosing and accessing suitable community services.
  • Accommodation: understanding, accessing and maintaining accommodation.
  • Positive Parenting: promoting parental confidence and helping develop skills to deal with challenging behaviour.
  • Personal Awareness and Self Discovery: building self-esteem and learning to value individual qualities.

Dealing with Stress: developing awareness and strategies to manage personal stress, anger and frustration.


 

JobsNOW

JobsNOW is a ‘skills profiler’ which creates a snapshot of your strengths and can suggest the jobs and industries that may suit you. By recording your current skills, qualifications and licences, your Jobfind consultant will be able to match you to current vacancies available. You will also receive a report highlighting any training gaps which Jobfind can then help you fill to give you the best chance of gaining the right job.

Group activities

Each week we run a series of group activities tailored to the needs of job seekers and opportunities in the local community. You will get hands-on practice at resume writing, interview techniques and much more.

External training

To help you increase your skills and find the job that’s right for you, Jobfind can help you arrange and enrol in external education courses or accredited training. We have a great relationship with TAFE, local community colleges and Registered Training Organisations where you can gain further education.

Your Jobfind consultant will discuss with you the best training options for you to achieve your employment goals.

LearnNow

LearnNow is Jobfind’s training platform providing prevocational, vocational and online and distance training to support learning needs. You can use LearnNow to increase your skills at a time and place that is convenient to you. How’s that possible? Well, courses are accessible from any internet-connected computer, meaning you can complete them at a Jobfind Centre, at home, a local library, a community centre or an internet café.

LearnNow courses are at no cost to eligible job seekers registered with Jobfind and are available for up to 6 months after you find a job.

With Jobfind, online education has never been so easy.

Budda-Jitja

Budda-Jitja is the first pre-employment training program designed by Indigenous people for Indigenous people. It’s made up of 14 modules focusing on the real, practical skills you need for entering the workforce.

For more information >> CLICK HERE

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life gives you the opportunity to ‘sample’ different jobs in different industries, to get an idea of what’s involved in a regular working day. Each module gives you insight into different industries including common terminology, standard work environments and the tasks that make up the job.

For more information >> CLICK HERE

 

Not ready to work just yet

Whatever the reason, we are here to help

At Jobfind we understand that there may be things going on in your life that might be preventing you from finding or keeping a job. We can help you deal with problems such as:

  • Anxiety, depression or stress
  • Financial issues
  • Poor communication or language skills
  • Gambling, alcohol, drug and other substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health issues
  • Homelessness
  • Ex-offender issues

With us, you’ll have regular contact with an experienced employment consultant who will work with you to develop a plan for a better future.

 

Apprenticeships & traineeships

Earn while you learn

Apprenticeships & traineeships are one of the best ways to combine training and employment, while gaining a nationally recognised qualification or certification. Apprenticeships & traineeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. So you could be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or simply wishing to change careers. There are over 500 apprenticeships & traineeships available in a variety of certificate levels across Australia, and Jobfind can help you can choose a career that fits your goals. Apprenticeships & traineeships can offer you:

  • A great way to get a head start in a chosen career.
  • Earn while you learn – you undertake paid work and structured training that can be on-the-job, off-the-job or a combination of both.
  • Competency based’ training – which means you can complete your training faster if you reach the required skills level.
  • Recognition for existing skills and prior experience.
  • The convenience of full-time or part-time options (apprenticeships also may be available part-time in many schools).
  • Nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life.
  • A pathway from school to work.

Traineeships are usually 12 months in duration, while apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete. Jobfind can help you find the right path and can streamline the process of registering and starting your program. We can also help you with additional support along the way to ensure that everything is running as smoothly as possible. For more information, speak to a consultant at your local Jobfind Centre.

 


Work experience

Work experience works

At Jobfind we do all we can to make sure you’re ready to work in a job that’s right for you. We assist you in as many ways as we can and another one of those ways is through work experience. We’ll get you hands-on experience where you can put your skills to use and ready yourself for fulltime employment.

Why should you participate in work experience?

The simple answer is that experience instils confidence and will help you land that job you’re applying for. Our work experience activities are available in 2 areas – skills training and genuine work-like experiences, and both of these will enhance your chances of getting a job. All activity types offer you the opportunity to be part of a team and experience all the different facets of office life. This includes the chance to be mentored, have an understanding of workplace expectations, take direction from supervisors, work independently and develop workplace communication skills. There are a wide variety of available work experience activities and locations so that each placement can be individually tailored to your employment goals and career pathway.

Types of work experience

There are many different types of work experience activities available through Jobfind. These include

  • Participation in Government Programs and/or Services
  • Voluntary work (e.g. at a community organisation or shop)
  • Unpaid Work Experience (e.g. a short-term arrangement with a local employer)
  • Work for the Dole (e.g. building, tourism, aged care or other activities which benefit the community)

Contact your local Jobfind Centre and ask to speak with one of our consultants to find out how undertaking work experience can help you on your pathway to finding a job.

 

 

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Wollongong Jobseeker of the Week – Aaron Jacobs

June 23rd, 2017

By Team Jobfind Centre
Aaron Jacobs is our rock star jobseeker. He has been actively searching for work and accepting all the support we can offer. He is determined to reach his goal of obtaining and maintaining long term employment. Aaron is reliable, respectful and trustworthy with great time management skills and would make a great asset to any team. Aaron has a background of delivery and property maintenance. He is no stranger to hard work and being a team player.

Aarons ultimate employment interests are within the IT and Library industries. He is also open to all options of study and entry level positions or both. Aaron is full of energy and is ready to put in 110% effort and initiative to any employer that will give him a chance to prove it.

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