Top tips to bag a new job

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Young workers are tipped to have nine jobs in a lifetime and work longer as the age of retirement is raised.

It is also becoming more common for middle-aged workers to undertake a complete career change, leaving the industry in which they had been employed most of their adult lives. 

It is a difficult time to find work, much less a job that is satisfying, well paid and fulfilling.

Here are some tips to help job seekers starting out or those seeking a career change:

CHOOSE WISELY

Making the best career choices involves knowing yourself; what you like, what you are good at and what is important to you.

It’s common for employers to advertise prospective jobs online, so use the internet to access job listings online and any other websites that may prove useful in your search for work.

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WRITING A RESUME

Once you have decided on your career and found a position that you believe may be the right fit, you need to write a resume to your prospective employer.

It should show you have the right qualifications and appropriate experience to meet the requirements of the job and the employer’s expectations.

You can be as creative as you like, however, ensure the document provides:

  • Contact details
  • Opening statement
  • List of key skills
  • Personal attributes
  • Career overview
  • Education
  • Employment history
  • References/referees

INTERVIEW TIPS

Practice your communication skills before the interview, develop a compelling story about yourself and tailor the story to the job.

It’s often said employers make up their minds about a prospective employee within three seconds of their meeting. So it’s important to allay any nerves and feel confident about yourself.