Job Search Strategies


Job Search Options

When job searching we automatically go straight to the job ads first; but there are a few other avenues that are just as important and well worth your consideration.  Let’s run through each, starting with Job Advertisements.

Job Advertisements

Job Advertisements are mainly found on online job sites, employers’ websites, in newspapers, government bulletins, and newsletters.  Wherever you find the advertisement you need to read it carefully several times to ascertain what the firm requires.  In other words - do you meet their criteria?

Online and newspaper ads will be placed by either the employer themselves, or by a recruitment agency on behalf of an employer.  If the ad is placed by an agency the agency name will be displayed but the employer for whom they are acting, will not necessarily be advertised.  The reason for this may be varied and include the employer not wanting to be involved in the time consuming selection process, they may not have been successful in finding a suitable person themselves, or they may not want the marketplace to know that they are recruiting.   Don’t be put off by this, if the role is suitable – apply.  You will find out in due course who the employer is.

Advertisements for jobs in the private sector are relatively straight forward and what you see in the job ad is usually all you need to respond to.  However, public sector job ads will more than likely ask you to download a Role Description, which is attached in a separate document.   In this attachment you will also find the Key Selection Criteria or a similar heading underneath the Role Description.  You will need to respond to the criteria in this section.  For further information on applying for jobs download the workbook or summary on Effective Job Applications.

You can also find job ads by going directly to the employer’s website and navigating your way to the jobs section of the site.  Some large employers only advertise jobs this way rather than going through job ad sites, it’s worthwhile checking these.

Recruitment Agencies and Labour Hire Firms

Sometimes organisations seeking employees will go through Recruitment Agencies and Labour Hire Firms rather than go through the hiring process themselves.  As mentioned the reason for this could be varied.  For example, the employer may not have been successful in finding a suitable person through advertising themselves, so they have contacted the recruitment agency who has a large database of potential candidates for the job.

Let’s start with Labour Hire Firms.  These provide temporary or contract labour only.  If you are interested in this type of work the firm hires you and then contracts you out to their clients.  Consequently, you would be employed by the labour hire firm and paid hourly.

Recruitment or Employment Agencies place people in permanent jobs.  However, some also provide temporary or contract work.  There are agencies that specialise in the industry, such as mining or hospitality; or in the job level, such as the trades or in management positions.  There are also agencies that are contracted to the government to place minority groups.

Select the right recruitment firm/s for your needs and contact them.  Where it is appropriate, call into their offices to meet a consultant face to face, so they can immediately assess you for their clients.  If you are unable to do this, contact them by phone and make an appointment.  Some will just say to email your resume and you will be contacted in the future, which may mean they have nothing to offer you presently.

TIP – Agency Interview

When you visit the Recruitment Agency or Labour Hire Firm you will need to treat this as an interview and be well prepared, well presented and have several copies of your resume.  Develop a good working relationship with your interviewer and keep in touch with them on a regular basis.

By law the agency cannot charge you a fee for recruitment services.  As a job seeker it is a free service.  The recruitment firm is required to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics under the Private Employment Agencies Act (2005), and to keep registers of job seekers, jobs and job placements.

It’s important to know that all of these firms are hired and paid by their clients, the employers.  Consequently, they are looking for people that suit their client’s needs, not your needs.  If they think that you don’t fit the bill for any of their clients, you will not be contacted.

Targeting Employers

Unlike job advertisement and recruitment agencies, targeting businesses that might offer employment is a hidden job market; and it does not necessarily mean there is work available.  However, the advantage is that you can be more selective about whom you would like to work for, and it may be a foot in the door before they advertise.

The first step is to find out who in the organisation will be the appropriate contact and the position title of that contact, so that your resume reaches the right person.  The next step is putting together the cover letter to go with your resume.

This will be a little more difficult than usual because there will be no job advertisement and criteria to address.

TIP – Research the Business

One way to find out about your ideal job in your target business is to research the firm.  Ask yourself – What would the firm want?  From this create your own selection criteria or key points to address in your cover letter.

Job Search Strategies Workbook

Continue with Job Search Strategies by purchasing the full workbook on this topic.  Learn how to create a marketing letter for your targeted businesses, learn how effective networking is, and how to face to face network, as well as to social network using the internet for your job search. The workbook is packed with lots of tips, activities, templates, and samples to help you look at all options with your job search. Sharpen your job search skills further by engaging your own private Coach.  Contact us!  In its original state the workbook can be used by facilitators for short workshop presentations.

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