Whilst technical skills will be needed for years to come in every industry, now is a great time for job seekers to broaden the skills they need to become more marketable.
Employers are hiring and several surveys indicate companies will pick up the pace in 2017. Companies are competing for talented staff, and some wages may rise in line with a predicated average Australian salary rise of 3% this year. Concerns about retention and employee engagement have reduced cost-cutting in some organisations, and many employers are using bonuses and 6 monthly salary increases as well as training and development to reward and retain high performers.
Employment within the IT sector is also predicted to boom on the back of surging demand for digital security, counter-threat technologies and the NBN rollout.
Such hiring growth is good news for job seekers, and with some simple steps you can uncover new opportunities and position yourself well to land your dream role.
How to prepare for new job opportunities
Update your online profile
- Make sure that your CV is concise, up-to-date and professional. When you submit job applications, tailor your CV each time to show why you’d be a good fit for the role.
- Ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors and that your most important experience and qualifications stand out. See our tips for a successful resume.
- Optimise your LinkedIn profile, as well as any personal websites you use to market yourself. Learn more about managing your personal brand.
Do Your Homework
- Spend some time thinking about what you would like to do in your next role, and do some research about the opportunities that fit.
- Consider if there’s a demand in the market for the skills you can offer.
- Research which companies are hiring, either now or in the near future.
- Find out which companies have the kind of culture and working environment in which you aspire to work.
Spread the word
- Once your CV is ready and you’ve researched the market, start letting people know that you are actively looking for a new role.
- Sign up to relevant job boards, which will send updates on the latest jobs directly to you.
- Speak to people in your professional network and share that you’re open to new opportunities.
- Apply for any relevant jobs when you see them advertised and don’t let rejections get you down!
Ace your interview
- Walk in prepared: prep your answers to potential questions before you reach the interview.
- Be ready to ask some questions of your own to demonstrate your interest in the role.
- Dress neatly and appropriately – risk being overdressed rather than underdressed (depending on your expectations of the company).
- Be punctual: make sure you know the interview location, your route and leave early to ensure that you arrive on time.
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