Australians are experiencing new levels of apprehension about what the ongoing global pandemic means for the local job market. Thousands of people have found themselves unemployed or were looking for a new job before the world changed.

While job opportunities dropped significantly due to the COVID-related lockdowns, the latest survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that the jobs market is starting to recover.

But regardless of what the labour market is experiencing, It’s crucial to remember that finding a job requires the same back-to-basics approach in order to maximise your job search and the chances of finding a new role.

Here’s our updated list for how to find a job.

1. Search the internet for advertised roles

Job boards such as Seek and Indeed are great starting points as they allow you to search through hundreds of roles by industry, location, salary and job type. The job ads can come from companies hiring directly, as well as roles available via a recruitment firm (more on this below). It’s important to note that listed jobs may or may not reveal the business name so you may need to call or email in order to find out further details. Job boards also give you an indication of what roles are in demand and what roles are harder to come by. If a low number of jobs are being advertised, you may have better luck using the methods below.

2. Use a recruitment firm to find a job

A recruitment firm is in the business of finding and placing talent for open positions in the workforce. Basically, matching the right candidates with the right role. The advantage of using a recruitment firm to find a job is that they also know about roles are not yet on job boards (or won’t ever make it onto a job board) because of the relationships they have with companies. Recruitment firms can also help potential candidates with resume, CV and cover letter advice, interview tips, further context and background of the employer and feedback during each stage of the interview process. If unsuccessful for a job, recruitment consultants can also recommend you for other roles so it’s best to develop a good relationship with one and keep in touch with them.

3. Apply to companies directly for advertised roles

Job seekers can also search and apply directly to companies who advertise open positions on their websites and have an internal talent acquisition team. Depending on the popularity of the brand, a role may receive hundreds of applications, so it’s important you stand out and sell yourself in the best possible light.

4. Enquire directly for potential job opportunities

If your dream company isn’t advertising roles on their website, you may want to search the internet for the manager in charge of the department or team you’re targeting. You may have some luck in finding their direct email, otherwise you may want to introduce yourself via a LinkedIn message and connect from there. The challenges of enquiring directly is that if there are no available roles, your email or message may be ignored. Essentially, it’s a waiting game but it’s been proven fruitful for those who are willing to wait. A note of warning though, if you take the wrong approach i.e. aggressive or too forceful (remember, you’re contacting them directly), you may turn that person off from responding to you and hurt your chances from being considered altogether.

5. Search via LinkedIn, social media for potential job openings

LinkedIn also advertises jobs on its platform and is the top social site for professionals to connect. You may even find that by following companies and recruitment firms on LinkedIn, they tend to advertise brand new roles as posts so it could be a case of getting your application in first for a better chance.

Beyond LinkedIn, many businesses have corporate accounts on Facebook and Instagram, which are modern ways of attracting new talent to work for them, by way of positive branding and insights into its culture. Because of the more casual nature of these platforms, sending a direct message about your job enquiry is common and acceptable.

6. Network to uncover job opportunities

Whether in person, online or remotely, networking is still a great way to put yourself out there and get the word out that you’re looking for a job. You can get specific to your industry and find events and webinars to attend, or perhaps you prefer to cast your net out broadly. For example, even interest groups for hobbies and activities such as running, cycling or yoga have resulted in job offers and referrals to job openings.

7. Ask your personal connections for help to find a job

Enlisting the help of your family, friends, current and ex-colleagues, mentors and ex-employers means you have additional eyes keeping a lookout for you when suitable roles appear or are mentioned in passing. The additional benefit of this is that they can already sell you for your skills and experience, putting in a good word for you even before you have officially applied.

8. Consider interning or work experience that could lead to a job

If you’re in a position to, interning or finding work experience in your field or specific company for a set amount of time can give you a lot of valuable exposure to the job you are pursuing. It puts you inside the operations of the business, gets you in front of potential teams and new connections, and provides you with hands-on experience that you otherwise wouldn’t be getting if you are sitting around at home waiting for the phone to ring. And of course, the best-case scenario is if the business is impressed by your efforts and is able to make a hire, it could result in a new job for you.

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