CRICOS No. 00213J
Job Search Skills - Enhance your
competitive edge in the job market
http://www.slideshare.net/yourfuture...
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Welcome to Job Search Skills
Career Counsellor
Widening Participation
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Career Planning
You don’t have to know what career you
want - You do n...
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Self Awareness
Interests: What do you enjoy doing?
Personality: What ar...
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What Do Employers Want?
Fit
(the culture and values
of the organisation...
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Core Skills for Work
Navigate the world of work
a. Manage career and wo...
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It’s all about YOU
SELF AWARENESS
Employability Skills: Employability ...
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Self Assessment
Myfuture Interests Activity
Careerone Personality Test
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BUT! Consider other Influences
• Health
• Physical attributes
• Abilit...
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Career Options and Pathways
Myfuture
Occupations List – details of eac...
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Exploring the Hidden Job Market!
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What is the Hidden Job Market?
• Some Job Opportunities Are Never
Adver...
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Explore The Hidden Job Market
4 most effective ways to find a job are:...
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Using business directories -
focusing on your field
www.yellow.com.au
W...
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Presenting yourself to
organisations of interest
“Informational Interv...
CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world
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Professional Networking
• Local associations
• Groups and clubs, or soc...
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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Personal Networking –
with family and friends:
• Family
• Your employe...
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Making Applications
• Resume Writing
• Cover Letter Writing
• Creating...
CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world
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Your Questions?
Your resume and Key
Selection Criteria
questions?
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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Your Aim
To prepare Resumes, Cover Letters and Key
Selection Criteria ...
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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The good, the bad and the
ugly…
CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world
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The good…
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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The bad…
CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world
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The ugly …
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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What are the employers
looking for?
Academic achievement
• Grades/
Per...
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Why is it important to start your
resume now?
• Writing a resume is abo...
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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Presentation of the resume:
• 10 second rule – resume information
can ...
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Before you apply to any
company...
Obtain as much information as you c...
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Using business directories -
focusing on your field
www.yellow.com.au
...
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Your all-purpose
Resume
• Contact Details Only (check your email!)
• Ca...
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Where to start?
Brainstorm all of your experiences!
• Employment Histo...
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Prepare examples of your skills!
Transferable Skills
USE THE S.T.A.R PR...
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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Presentation of the Resume:
Make the resume easy to read
• DO NOT use ...
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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Writing covering letters
A covering letter is to ensure that the reade...
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Cover Letter Structure
• Use The Person’s Name
• Tell Them Why You’re ...
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Covering Letters
• This is your first contact - highlight the
informati...
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Writing Selection Criteria
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What is Selection Criteria about?
Selection criteria may include:
• Ski...
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How do you address selection
criteria?
• Understand the selection crit...
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Understand the selection criteria
• As an example, take the capability ...
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Brainstorm ideas for each criterion
• For each selection criterion, br...
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Prepare examples of your
experience, abilities for the skills
needed i...
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Criteria Assessment by Employers
• Short-listed based on evidence of es...
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Hints and tips 1
• Individually address each criterion under
separate h...
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Hints and tips 2
• Use as many concrete examples as possible to
suppor...
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Hints and tips 3
• Do not refer to your resume. Copy
from your resume i...
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Templates & Guides
• Microsoft Office
• Job Guide Resume Builder
• Care...
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Further information
• For ‘Occupations’ information on job duties and ...
CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world
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The Job Interview
Your Questions?
CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world
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Purpose of the interview
• Are you the right person for the job and
org...
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Interview Practice
In two’s or threes …
• One Interviewer
• One Intervi...
CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world
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Sample interview questions
• Tell us about yourself….
• Why do you want...
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Where is the evidence?
• Academic results/ Certificates
• Examples of W...
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Questions for you to ask
• What is the level and depth of training?
• ...
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Your interview preparation
• Review job description
• Reflect on exper...
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Sins! These won’t get you the job
• Criticising previous employers
(Wha...
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a university for the real world
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CRICOS No. 00213J
Job Search Skills - Enhance your
competitive edge in the job market
http://www.slideshare.net/yourfuture...
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  1. 1. CRICOS No. 00213J Job Search Skills - Enhance your competitive edge in the job market http://www.slideshare.net/yourfuturequt • Career planning • Exploring the Hidden Job Market • Writing effective resumes • Interview skills
  2. 2. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Welcome to Job Search Skills Career Counsellor Widening Participation QUT Your Future Careers Team www.bridgetostudy.com.au
  3. 3. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Career Planning You don’t have to know what career you want - You do need to: • Have a high level of self awareness • Have an awareness of career options and pathways This makes it easier to make career decisions and choose career directions
  4. 4. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Self Awareness Interests: What do you enjoy doing? Personality: What are your personal qualities? Values: What is meaningful to you? Motivation: What makes you want to do your best? Skills: What are you going to offer an employer?
  5. 5. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R What Do Employers Want? Fit (the culture and values of the organisation) Will do (the personality, passion interests, ambitions, motivation) Can do (the knowledge and skills)
  6. 6. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Core Skills for Work Navigate the world of work a. Manage career and work life b. Work with roles, rights and protocols Interact with others a. Communicate for work b. Connect and work with others c. Recognise and utilise diverse perspectives Get the work done a. Plan and organise b. Make decisions c. Identify and solve problems d. Create and innovate e. Work in a digital world
  7. 7. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R It’s all about YOU SELF AWARENESS Employability Skills: Employability Skills Audit Interests: What do you enjoy doing? Try the ‘What type of work would suit you?' activity (then use the Job Guide ‘Jobs Chart’ to check out possible occupations)
  8. 8. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Self Assessment Myfuture Interests Activity Careerone Personality Test Job Outlook Career Quiz HumanMetrics Career Assessment Holland's Career Interest Party Game Test your Motivation Clarifying your Life Values
  9. 9. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R BUT! Consider other Influences • Health • Physical attributes • Ability • Gender • Family • Political decisions • Historical trends • Employment market (local) • Geographical location
  10. 10. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Career Options and Pathways Myfuture Occupations List – details of each occupation Graduate Careers Australia Career Profiles – career booklets for each industry Graduate Opportunities – use these links to jobsearch - Careers Search
  11. 11. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R
  12. 12. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Exploring the Hidden Job Market!
  13. 13. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R What is the Hidden Job Market? • Some Job Opportunities Are Never Advertised • 55% + positions vacant filled through an informal network • “Hidden job market" jobs only accessed through networking or warm calling
  14. 14. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Explore The Hidden Job Market 4 most effective ways to find a job are: • Using business directories, focusing on your field • Presenting yourself to organisations of interest • Being in job networking, association, support groups • Networking with family, friends and associates
  15. 15. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Using business directories - focusing on your field www.yellow.com.au Websites, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, catalogues, staff and…Research…. their services? product lines ? competitors? growth prospects ? organisational structure? overseas trends and developments ?
  16. 16. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Presenting yourself to organisations of interest “Informational Interviewing” • Ask questions • Express interest • Gain information from potential employers about the job, requirements, expectations and possible vacancies • Develop interview skills, knowledge about your industry • Create networks!
  17. 17. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Professional Networking • Local associations • Groups and clubs, or societies • Education staff • Students, former colleagues, classmates • Social networking!… Facebook? Linked In? Twitter? • Professional associations
  18. 18. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Personal Networking – with family and friends: • Family • Your employed (and unemployed) friends • Store owners (dry cleaner, barber, hairdresser) • P/T work - customers, clients • Doctors, lawyers, accountants, bankers, in surance agents • Tradespeople (plumbers, carpenters, painters)
  19. 19. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Making Applications • Resume Writing • Cover Letter Writing • Creating/responding to Selection Criteria • Interview Preparation
  20. 20. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Your Questions? Your resume and Key Selection Criteria questions?
  21. 21. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Your Aim To prepare Resumes, Cover Letters and Key Selection Criteria statements - to be used as a self-promoting and marketing tool, appropriate to potential employer expectations
  22. 22. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R The good, the bad and the ugly…
  23. 23. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R The good…
  24. 24. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R The bad…
  25. 25. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R The ugly …
  26. 26. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R What are the employers looking for? Academic achievement • Grades/ Performance • Subjects studied • Knowledge acquired Non academic achievement • Work experience • Previous work history • Work skills acquired Extra- curricular activities • Clues to achievement and motivation • Leadership qualities • Teamwork skills • Attitude Personal qualities • Motivation • Values • Communication • Commitment • Teamwork ability
  27. 27. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Why is it important to start your resume now? • Writing a resume is about as much fun as pulling out teeth! • Writing one now means that you won’t have only half a day to write your resume when you do apply for positions • This will allow you to add new experiences and knowledge over time rather then having to remember it all at the last minute
  28. 28. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Presentation of the resume: • 10 second rule – resume information can be scanned at a glance • Highlight your achievements, skills, and/or qualifications • Never use one generic resume • Research the organisation and the work...
  29. 29. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Before you apply to any company... Obtain as much information as you can about:  Relevant contacts  The company – what do they do?  The position – tasks and duties  The position skill and ability requirements http://www.myfuture.edu.au/occupations
  30. 30. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Using business directories - focusing on your field www.yellow.com.au • Websites, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, cata logues, staff and…Research…. their services? product lines ? competitors? growth prospects ? organisational structure? overseas trends and developments ?
  31. 31. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Your all-purpose Resume • Contact Details Only (check your email!) • Career Objective (optional) • Key Skills or Strengths (for the job) • Employment History/Work Experience • Education • Licences/Certificates • Interests & Hobbies/Achievements • Referees
  32. 32. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Where to start? Brainstorm all of your experiences! • Employment History (work experience, part time jobs or casual work roles) • Volunteer Experiences (holiday work, community work) • School Life (Projects at school, Student Group involvement) • Licences / Training /Certificates • Your Achievements/Awards • Extra Curricular Activities (Sport, Associations, Societies) • Leisure (Interests and Hobbies, member of a team) • Referees?
  33. 33. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Prepare examples of your skills! Transferable Skills USE THE S.T.A.R PRINCIPLE • The Situation/Task • The Action you took • The Result achieved
  34. 34. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Presentation of the Resume: Make the resume easy to read • DO NOT use fancy fonts, coloured or textured paper etc and DO NOT put your resume into a folder or binder – just a clip in the left corner is sufficient OR send by email • Be very careful with spelling and grammar – have it checked by someone else…
  35. 35. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Writing covering letters A covering letter is to ensure that the reader will be interested enough to read your resume
  36. 36. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Cover Letter Structure • Use The Person’s Name • Tell Them Why You’re Writing • Tell Them Why You’re Interested in them • Tell Them Why You’re Suited – your skills
  37. 37. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Covering Letters • This is your first contact - highlight the information in your resume that is relevant to the position you are applying for. • Undertake some background research into the job and organisation. • Tailor each letter – do not use generic letters. • Where possible, try to keep covering letters to one A4 page in length.
  38. 38. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Writing Selection Criteria
  39. 39. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R What is Selection Criteria about? Selection criteria may include: • Skills • Qualifications • Aptitudes • Abilities • Experience • Personal attributes All are necessary to perform the job you are applying for Short-listing is based on how well your Application addresses selection criteria
  40. 40. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R How do you address selection criteria? • Understand the selection criteria • Brainstorm ideas for each criterion • Expand on your brainstorming ideas and provide the evidence • Check your work
  41. 41. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Understand the selection criteria • As an example, take the capability written communication skills. The associated selection criterion could be – – ‘Well developed written communication skills. This includes the ability to: • structure written communications such as reports to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience; • express opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly and concisely; and to • write convincingly in an engaging and expressive manner’. • It is important that you clearly understand what is meant by each selection criterion before putting pen to paper.
  42. 42. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Brainstorm ideas for each criterion • For each selection criterion, brainstorm ideas from your recent work life. • Positive examples of ‘well developed written communication skills’: – Project Officer at ... – needed to write report on project planning methodologies – when Research Support Officer at Moreton Bay Regional Council – designed and compiled a monthly newsletter – research project when at TAFE – needed to collate diverse sets of data, organise the information into topic areas, and synthesise into a paper for senior management. • Generate as many useful examples as possible.
  43. 43. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Prepare examples of your experience, abilities for the skills needed in the job Help the employer by giving examples of your skills and abilities: USE THE S.T.A.R PRINCIPLE • The Situation/Task • The Action you took • The Result achieved
  44. 44. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Criteria Assessment by Employers • Short-listed based on evidence of essential and desirable capabilities required • Must meet all of the ‘essential’ criteria in order to be seriously considered for a role • ‘Desirable’ criteria - your chances of progressing will be greater if you meet all the selection criteria, as you may be competing against many applicants • Applicants are rated against the criteria in order to select the best right applicant…
  45. 45. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R
  46. 46. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Hints and tips 1 • Individually address each criterion under separate headings • Carefully read each selection criterion. Break down each criterion into parts and address each aspect thoroughly • Always consult the position description so that you know the purpose of the selection criteria and for terms, language, jargon etc
  47. 47. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Hints and tips 2 • Use as many concrete examples as possible to support your claim to meet each criterion - education, employment, social, committee participation, voluntary work, hobbies etc • If an example applies to a number of selection criteria, include it under each relevant criterion • Where possible substantiate your examples with indicators of how well you did them. This might include results, comments, extended contracts, happy customers etc
  48. 48. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Hints and tips 3 • Do not refer to your resume. Copy from your resume into your selection criteria statement • Use good English. Ensure that your application is written clearly and concisely, that it is grammatically correct, and free of spelling errors • Get someone to read it through before you send it to make sure it makes sense!
  49. 49. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Templates & Guides • Microsoft Office • Job Guide Resume Builder • Career One • Youth Central (VIC) • Education Queensland • Resume Guide – Myfuture
  50. 50. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Further information • For ‘Occupations’ information on job duties and skills – go to http://www.myfuture.edu.au/Occupations • For careers and labour market research information got to Job Outlook - a site to help you decide on your future career http://joboutlook.gov.au/pages/alpha.aspx • Job Guide – for details of jobs http://www.jobguide.thegoodguides.com.au/occupation/search
  51. 51. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R The Job Interview Your Questions?
  52. 52. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Purpose of the interview • Are you the right person for the job and organisation? • Do you have the skills, interests, experiences to contribute job and organisation? • Will you fit into the organisation community? • Are you professionally competent?
  53. 53. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Interview Practice In two’s or threes … • One Interviewer • One Interviewee/Observer 1. Take it in turns to ask the ‘Sample Interview Questions’ 2. Observers please note responses and provide feedback to Interviewee
  54. 54. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Sample interview questions • Tell us about yourself…. • Why do you want to work for our company? • What do you know about our company/organisation? • What key skills do you have for this job? • How have you shown leadership in your life? Provide a specific example…. • How have you shown effective teamwork in your life? Provide a specific example…. • What is your biggest weakness? • How do you handle disruptive situations or people? Can you refer to a specific example?... • What long term career interests do you have?
  55. 55. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Where is the evidence? • Academic results/ Certificates • Examples of Work Experience • Resume and response to Selection Criteria • Response to interview questions • Personal experiences – work history, extra curricular activities, interests • Presentation at interview • References
  56. 56. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Questions for you to ask • What is the level and depth of training? • What are the key priorities for the role right now? • How will I be managed and supported? • What qualities do your most successful workers possess? • How (often) do you measure an employee’s success? • How often do you conduct performance reviews?
  57. 57. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R Your interview preparation • Review job description • Reflect on experiences • Brainstorm responses to questions • Practice responses out loud • Organise portfolio/ folder to take to interview • Consider your appearance • Timing- how long will you need to get there, park car, find room? …. Let’s practice!...
  58. 58. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Sins! These won’t get you the job • Criticising previous employers (What will you say about them…?) • Talking about personal, domestic, political, religious issues unless asked (What’s that got to do with the job…?) • Reading from your resume (If you don’t know about yourself…)
  59. 59. CRICOS No. 00213J a university for the real world R
  60. 60. CRICOS No. 00213J Job Search Skills - Enhance your competitive edge in the job market http://www.slideshare.net/yourfuturequt • Career planning • Exploring the Hidden Job Market • Writing effective resumes • Interview skills
  61. 61. CRICOS No. 00213Ja university for the real world R Contact Us Your Future Careers Team QUT Caboolture Building J Tel: 07 5316 7400 Email: yourfuture@qut.edu.au www.bridgetostudy.com.au
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