Applying for a job
CVs and resumes
One of the first things that employers like to see from job applicants is a CV (short for the Latin phrase curriculum vitae, which means ‘course of life’) or resume. In Australia, a CV and resume are the same – a CV or resume is a detailed document which communicates your work experience, skills, qualifications and training.
Below are some valuable links that can assist you with developing a CV for your next job application:
Most job applications require a covering letter to accompany the CV or resume when applying for a particular role. It is usually addressed to the person advertising the job role and is a chance to explain why you are the best person for the position you are applying for.
Here are some links for creating an effective covering letter:
|Cover Letter Tips|
|Cover Letter Templates|
|Tips for creating cover letters|
Attending a job interview
Most job applications require some form of interview so the employer can meet the job applicant in person and decide whether he or she is the right person for the job. Depending on the role you are going for, there may be more than one interview and the interview may be very formal or less so.
The table below provides some information to help you be at your best during a job interview:
|Job Interview Tips|
|Preparing for a job interview|
|What to wear to an interview|
As part of the job application process, you may be required to undertake some kind of employment test. This could include:
- A medical test to check that you are fit and healthy
- Psychometric testing to understand your suitability for the job based on personality traits and cognitive abilities
- Skills tests on how to use programs or software that are regularly used as part of the job.
In addition to these types of employment tests, you may also be required to provide answers to specific job questions during the interview process. Often in these situations, you are given a short amount of time (10 -15 minutes) to prepare your responses prior to the interview.
For all of these tests, it is important to:
- Follow the instructions to ensure you perform the test as required
- Remain calm
- Manage your time effectively.
In some job application situations you may be offered a work trial. In a work trial you are given the opportunity to work in the role for a short period of time to test whether you are the right person for the position. If you are offered such an opportunity, remember to:
- Turn up to work on time
- Keep your mobile phone in your bag or at home
- Be friendly
- Dress in a manner which is appropriate for the job you are doing
- Make a good impression!
Personal and industry networks are a great tool for finding work in the sector you are interested in. In many industry sectors, the majority of jobs are not advertised but are filled through personal contacts and word of mouth.
As part of expanding your job seeking capabilities, it is a good idea to develop a list of people you can go and talk to about the types of jobs you are interested in and the career you would like to pursue. These people can then act as an informal advocate for you, letting others know that you are keen to work in a chosen area or keeping an eye out for any jobs that fit your skill set and interests.
In addition to this, it is also worth looking at local networking groups that enable you to meet new people who can assist with finding employment and/or developing your career. These networking groups are an opportunity to share information and grow your understanding.
Finding a mentor
A mentor can be very beneficial for your career. Essentially, a mentor acts as an advisor helping you to manage your career, bounce ideas off, challenge you and obtain feedback from. A mentor may even be able to open doors for you, giving you access to people and opportunities that may be valuable to you throughout your career.
You may be able to find a mentor through your personal networks, such as via family or friends, local sport, a hobby, school or university. You might even find a mentor through your work or through a membership of an industry association. Once you have identified someone, approach them and ask whether they would be interested in taking this important role. Before you speak to them, think about what you want to achieve from the mentoring relationship, how often you would like to talk and through what means, such as face to face, online or by phone.
In the table below, you will find some useful links about finding and utilising a mentor for your career:
|Finding a Mentor|
|Choosing a mentor|
|How Mentors can assist with your career|