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Job Search and Interview Skills

Are you ready to start a new career? Are you looking for your dream job? You may be wondering where to start. The first step is to think about what type of career interests you. Make a list of all the skills you have acquired through your employment experience. If you are unsure, ask close friends or family for advice on what skills you have and may not recognise. Think about the kind of jobs you would like to do and what you are currently qualified to do.

 Did you know that over 50% or more of jobs are not advertised? This is called the ‘hidden job market’. These positions are filled by word of mouth. This highlights the importance of tapping into your networks when looking for a job. Tell everyone that you are looking for work. Have copies of your CV with you and ready to hand out and bring your job search into the conversation whenever you can. Networking is the most important tool you have at your disposal to find a job. It makes sense when you realise that you could find the perfect position without having to compete with sometimes hundreds of other applicants.

 If you have landed an interview for a job – excellent! Making a good first impression is vital. Ensure that you arrive early for your interview. Dress well, smart and conservative, with minimal jewellery and makeup. Eye contact is also very important: look your future employer in the eye and offer a firm handshake with a smile. Always bring a spare copy of your CV and certificates/sample of your previous work. At the close of the interview, smile and thank your interviewer for their time and the opportunity.