Job Seeking Tips During Covid-19 Virus

During the Covid-19 virus pandemic, we all need to find new ways to adapt until we are all through the other end. The employment space is quickly changing and evolving across the globe. With all these changes brings uncertainty and worry. Especially for those seeking a new opportunity. The Recruitment Alternative would like to offer some job seeking tips for during this period.

Look For The Demand

There are some industries that are experiencing a great deal of growth at the moment. Keeping up with where the demands are will put you one step ahead of the competition. According to a recent study by Victoria University, the following top 4 industries are in demand:

  • Heath Care – aged care workers, nurses, dentists, social workers/mental health workers, etc.
  • Professional, Scientific & Technical Industries – legal services, accounting services, IT, computer system design, veterinary services, call centre, retail worker, cleaners, etc.
  • Trades & Construction – engineering, labourers, delivery drivers, truck drivers, etc.
  • Education & Training – primary and high school teachers, early educators, Tafe/RTO trainer/assessors, etc.

Online Short Course

Keep your skills sharp and up to date by completing free or paid online short courses. Many businesses are offering free short courses so why not take advantage of this. Not only will it maintain your currency but will look excellent on your resume. Your new skillset will only stand out and contribute to a future employer.

Technology

With many job interviews (and businesses) now being conducted online, you should take some time to familiarise yourself with a variety of online chat platforms. Such as Zoom, Skype, ZenDesk, Google Hangout, GoToMeeting, Cisco WebEx, BlueJeans, and more! Being familiar with multiple platforms will help avoid potential technical issues, user errors, etc. during interactions such as a job interview.

Social Media

During times like these, being active on social media is vital. Stay apart of the conversation that are happening out there. Share insightful though and comment on articles of interest. Especially if they are connected with potential future employers. Join discussion groups, job-seeking groups and community groups to keep in touch with what’s going on around you. It’s a great way to connect with others, network and communicate. You could even start posting your own ideas on platforms such as LinkedIn. You could find yourself being approached if someone reads and likes what you have to say.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we have experience across the board! Head to our ‘jobs board’ to find your next career opportunity. While you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center’ a visit for some more advice and tips. We also connect to job seekers and clients via our ‘Facebook page’, give us a like to keep in touch with the most current job opportunities available.

The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide, including Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Wellington, etc. We can offer you affordable recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.

Return to work tips for mums

Are you a mum thinking about returning to work after years as a full time mum? You may be feeling anxious, overwhelmed and confused about where to start. You may be thinking; how am I going to find a job? Will I need to go and complete further training? Will I find a job that offers flexibility around family?

Here are some tips from The Recruitment Alternative to help you navigate this transition:

Leverage off your network

Speak to family, friends, former colleagues and employers and let them know you are looking for work. You just never know what might present itself and they can also keep an eye out for any opportunities for you. Also speak with other mothers you know who have returned to work and ask for their advice.

Update your CV

Ensure your CV is up to date and any gaps in employment are addressed, including the years you spent as a full time mum. You may want to consider an introduction paragraph to your CV titled Career Profile or Employment Profile. This is where you highlight your key strengths, skills and experiences. If you are applying for jobs across a number of different industries, you might want to consider having more than one CV and tailor your career profile to suit the industry.

Transferable skills

Take some time to think about all of the skills that motherhood has afforded you. Be sure to highlight these in your CV and you can also mention them during a job interview. Skills such as self-discipline, multitasking, sound decisions making and communication skills. Think about how these skills can add value to an employer and how they are relevant to the role you are applying for.

Seek support

There are a number of free resources available online to assist you in writing a CV and cover letter as well as help you prepare for a job interview. The Recruitment Alternative have a dedicated Job Seeker Resource Centre on our website which if full of valuable information. You can access it via this link: https://www.therecruitmentalternative.com.au/job-seekers/

Whether you are thinking of going back to work full time, part time, or even one day a week, do your research, be prepared and connect with people and organisations both online and in person. Speak to Recruitment Consultants and start to build relationships with them. If you are on Facebook, you can connect with us there via this link:

https://www.facebook.com/therecruitmentalternative.com.au/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Here we share the latest job offerings, industry tips and articles.

Good Luck!

Interview Skills That Win The Job

Aimed at helping anyone answer tricky interview questions, our Managing Director Michael Spiropoulos, has put together a collection of simple techniques and helpful tips in a book to help you win the job!

Providing you with first hand industry insight, ‘Interview Skills That Win The Job’ should be your go to reference point when preparing for an interview. Michael covers helpful tips on body language, what to wear, how to conquer nerves as well as:

  • Interview mythsInterview Tips
  • How to convince your interviewer you’re right for the job
  • Applying skills from one job to another
  • What employers like to see
  • Example questions with suggested answers
  • How to build a good rapport and trust
  • And so much more!

With interviews deciding whether you win or lose the job, being as prepared as possible is vital. Let’s be honest, we all get nervous before and during interviews. Interview Skills That Win The Job will help boost your confidence levels, so that you can impress during your next interview.

“Whether you’re a recent school leaver or a seasoned professional, this book with show you how to prepare highly effective answers and how to deliver them in a confident manner whilst establishing that all important rapport with interviewers.” – Michael Spiropoulos

With over ten years of HR and Recruitment experience, along with advising hundreds of people on issues relating to interview skills, Michael’s advice is sure to help you land your dream job. To purchase your copy today, click here.

The Recruitment Alternative are currently recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Roles at all levels in Accounting, Digital Marketing, Administration, Sales, Engineering and IT – just to name a few! To view all job vacancies please click here. While you’re there, why not view our ‘job seeker help center’ for some more helpful tips.