Applying for jobs can be a very time consuming, stressful, and repetitive task. It doesn’t have to be this way however. There are some useful tips and strategies that you can apply to your search for a new role that can drastically improve your application process.
Establish the purpose and/or requirements of the position
Firstly, establish the purpose and requirements of the position you are hoping to obtain. There are literally thousands of positions posted on job boards every day so you need to narrow it down to your specific requirements. You do this by asking yourself questions such as:
- How many hours do I want to work?
- How much money do I intend to earn?
- What future benefits/impact will it have on my career?
- What type of industries and/or roles do I ideally want to work in?
- Do I want full time or part time work?
- Do I want permanent, casual, or contract work?
Once you answer these questions you would have identified the types of positions that you want to apply for, and the specific requirements.
Research available positions
It’s now time to research! Access job boards such as Seek and CareerOne as your first point of call to get a feel for the type and amount of jobs available. Generally speaking the less positions available the more difficult it is to obtain employment.
Whilst job boards cover off a high percentage of the market it is always a good idea to research directly on company websites (think about looking up companies that operate in the industries you identified in the previous step). Depending on your requirements it could also be a good idea to research suitable recruitment agency websites for further insight.
Shortlist suitable positions
Once you have a good understanding of available positions you can compile a shortlist of positions. Making a suitable shortlist of relevant jobs will save you a lot of time in your job search. You can compile such a shortlist by asking yourself questions such as:
- Does my experience/ skill set meet the requirements of the vacancy?
- Does my expected/ desired pay fall in the stated range?
- Does the position suit my requirements in terms of hours available or hours required?
- Am I physically able to get to the job? Think about access to public transport, and driving capabilities
- What will be my weekly travel time and cost?
- What impact can this job have on my career?
Submit your application
At this point in time you will have shortlisted a suitable amount of relevant positions and it’s time to apply! When submitting your application ensure you have read the job ad carefully to ensure you submit ALL the required documents. The majority of jobs will require a resume at a bare minimum. Our advice is that you should tailor your resume for each position you are apply to. You can read more about this here.
If the position requires a cover letter make sure you include one in your application. Depending on the company/ position you may be required to populate your application with other information ranging from notice period to skill verification questions.