Preparation is the second leg of the three legged stool.
It’s much easier to get a job if you know yourself, know exactly where your career is headed, and know what organisation/s you want to work for.
Once you have assessed your personal situation, financial situation, career path goals and skills, make list of ‘to do’ items.
Update your resume.
Give your basic resume a makeover. Make sure that you do not show any inconsistencies in dates and employers you have worked with.
Prepare an elevator speech.
What is your personal brand and how would you sell this to a recruiter or employer? Prepare a 30 second speech that will sell you ahead of your competitors.
Register with recruiters.
You know what you want and your Resume is ready. It’s now time to show the recruiters that you’re a serious candidate. Register with those you’ve used in the past and research others who recruit in your field.
Update social media profiles.
Take a hard look at your social media to convey your branding message.
Connect, Connect, Connect.
Getting a good job is as much about whom you know as what you know. If there are industry events happening in the upcoming months, get on board and register to attend. If not, use your spare time to track down social media networks in your field, join them and start participating in conversations.
Use your time wisely to see what jobs are out there. Set up SEEK JobMail alerts so that you’re the first to know when new jobs in your industry are posted.
Apply for the job.
There’s no time like now to write a cover letter and send out your resume. To show your enthusiasm, follow up every application with a phone call or email requesting a job interview.
Update your brand.
If you want to step up to the next level you need to look and sound the part by updating your image. What could you do to come across as more professional?
Prepare for the interview.
You can clinch that job providing you prepare. Find out more about the role/company/industry than anyone else and make a checklist of all the reasons you’d be great for this position.
Ask a friend or colleague to do a mock interview. Get them to ask you tough and even tougher questions. Keep repeating your answers until you know them off by heart. That way you’ll be able to smile and rattle off great answers on interview day.
Like boy scouts and girl guides everywhere be prepared on the day. Get up early, bring everything you need with you, plan your route to the interview and arrive relaxed with plenty of time to spare.