FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Looking for a job and have a whole bunch of questions that you want answered? You’ve come to the right place. Below you will find lots of commonly asked questions and great answers.

Where’s the best place to look for a job?
In Australia Seek is a great place to be looking for work. Seek is Australia’s largest job board and is easy to navigate. If you’re in New Zealand Seek and TradeMe are both excellent.

You should also contact Employers you’ve earmarked directly and don’t forget the power of networking.

Also, it’s worthwhile to be looking at job boards that specialise in specific jobs. If you type into your web browser the name of the job you want and the words Jobs Board you should be able to easily locate the correct specialist job board.

Are cover letters important?
Absolutely yes. If you writer a cover letter it signals to the recruiter that you’re serious about getting a job. WARNING: Be sure your cover letter has no spelling or grammatical errors. Poorly written cover letters are bad news!

See our Examples of Great Cover Letters.

What should I include in my cover letter?

The most important thing to do in a cover letter is to target what the employer is looking for. For example, if an employer is looking for a “bookkeeper with 10 years’ experience working with MYOB” then say: “ I have over 10 years’ experience working as a bookkeeper with MYOB”.

If you have only 8 years’ experience then say something like: “I have nearly 10 years’ experience…”

How long should a cover letter be?

No more than one page.

How long should my resume be?

The accepted norm is between 4 to 5 pages.

I’ve been in the workforce for many years. How many years should I go back in my resume?

Whilst there’s not a precise answer to this, as a rule of thumb we recommend 20 years. However, if you’ve been raising a family for the last 20 years there’s nothing wrong with referring to jobs you did before then.

How can I better prepare for an interview?

There are several very important things you can do that will almost certainly improve your performance.

1. Be sure you research the company as much as possible before the interview and try to incorporate some of what you’ve learned at the interview.

2. Anticipate the sorts of questions you might be asked and practice your answers out aloud. Practising answers aloud helps you sound more articulate at the interview.

3. Run mock interviews. Ask a trusted friend to ask you relevant interview questions (you may have to prepare the questions yourself). And don’t be afraid to seek their feedback about how good your answers are.

4. Attend as many interviews as possible. The more real interviews you go to the better you become!

What should I wear at an interview?

In the vast majority of cases you should err on the side of caution and dress conservatively. A suit and tie for a man and a smart business outfit for a woman. Of course, there are exceptions to this. Use your common sense! But if you’re not sure always dress conservatively.

If you could give me one tip (and only one tip) for my interview what would it be?

My one tip would be don’t forget to smile and be respectful. Employers, very often, are looking for the right cultural fit. They prefer to take on someone they feel they can work with even though that person may not have as many skills as someone else! So, try to show your human side at interview. A simple smile can get you a long way.