Job Seeking Tips During Covid-19 Virus

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we all need to find new ways to adapt until we are all through the other end. The employment space is quickly changing and evolving across the globe. With all these changes brings uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some job seeking tips for during this period.

Look For The Demand

There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent study by Victoria University, the following top 4 industries are in demand:

  • Heath Care – aged care workers, nurses, dentists, social workers/mental health workers, etc.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Industries – legal services, accounting services, IT, computer system design, veterinary services, call centre, retail worker, cleaners, etc.
  • Trades & Construction – engineering, labourers, delivery drivers, truck drivers, etc.
  • Education & Training – primary and high school teachers, early educators, Tafe/RTO trainer/assessors, etc.

Online Short Course

Keep your skills sharp and up to date by completing free or paid online short courses. Many businesses are offering free short courses so why not take advantage of this. Not only will it maintain your currency but will look excellent on your resume. Your new skillset will only stand out and contribute to a future employer.

Technology

With many job interviews (and businesses) now being conducted online, you should take some time to familiarise yourself with a variety of online chat platforms. Such as Zoom, Skype, ZenDesk, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, BlueJeans, and more! Being familiar with multiple platforms will help avoid potential technical issues, user errors, etc. during interactions such as a job interview.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay apart of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center’ a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page’, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates Australia and New Zealand wide. Across Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.

How To Write A Great Resume

Resumes are critically important documents. It doesn’t matter how good you are, if you cannot produce a good resume, chances are you won’t even get to an interview, let alone win a good job. Here are some tips on how to write a good resume:

1. Make it easy to read

Dot points are very good in this regard. Difficult to read resumes can often find themselves in the waste bin, especially if the reader has lots of other applications.

2. Keep formatting neat and consistent

Try to make every page as consistent as possible. Avoid obvious poor layouts like starting a new heading at the bottom of a page.

3. Change your resume to suit the job you’re applying for

Lots of people have many years of experience under their belts and cannot include all of it on a single resume. Leave out the irrelevant bits and include all the things you’ve done that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

4. Get your spelling right!

Many employers will not interview people who cannot be bothered to check their spelling and show poor attention to detail.

5. Do not exaggerate

You’ll just be wasting your time and others’. Remember people do reference checks. Our resume template below has been designed to provide you with a structure which will allow you to include all your employment details in a logical and easy to follow format. All you have to do is fill in the blanks.

Be sure to check out The Recruitment Alternative’s job board for new employment opportunities. Also, take a look at our job seeker help center for more tips and suggestions to assist you on your job seeking journey. 

LinkedIn Profile Tips

LinkedIn is a very popular professional networking platform, where job seekers and employers can connect. As a job seeker, it can be tough to find a job on your own. Creating a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage, especially against candidates who do not have an account.

What can you do to improve your profile?

Some employers look up their potential employees online, so why not have a professional profile for them to view? LinkedIn is basically an online extension of your resume. You can build your profile to be a positive reflection of your skills and experience you can offer a new organisation. Especially if you are applying for Marketing, Social Media or other such positions that would utilize online tools such as LinkedIn. Here are some tips on how to fine tune your LinkedIn profile:

  • Professional Profile Picture – Don’t have a party shot or a blurry selfie, ensure you display a clear, current and well-presented image of just you.
  • Updated Information – If you’re going to have a LinkedIn profile be sure to keep in current. If an employer is comparing your resume to your profile and notices discrepancies it’s not a good look as a future employee.
  • Positive Endorsements – On LinkedIn other professionals can ‘endorse’ your skills and leave feedback on their experiences with you. Having this positive feedback helps back up what you have listed on your resume.
  • Network – Take some time to build your professional network, endorse others, leave feedback and they could return the favor. This helps support your profile and increases your exposure to potential opportunities.
  • Proof Read – On a professional plat form correct grammar and formatting is highly important. Always proof read and even triple check yourself!
  • Follow Positive Influencers – Following relevant influencers on LinkedIn helps to put a range of interesting content in your feed, which you can then share with others when you think it adds value. It also helps to give context to your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating your passion for what you do.

Always be mindful of what you post online and use social media platforms to your advantage, not your disadvantage. If you are looking for a new position The Recruitment Alternative is current recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Click here to access our jobs board and while you’re there pay our job seeker help center’ a visit for some more tips and hints.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 1300 548 546.