COVID-19 Series: Where are the job opportunities?

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While many businesses have stood down staff due to coronavirus, other employers are in urgent need of workers.

Below are four steps to linking with these opportunities:

Step 1: Find the vacancies

Jobs Hub

Visit the Jobs Hub to access current vacancies. The Jobs Hub is a central portal for job seekers looking to link with employers who are seeking workers. The Jobs Hub includes links to:

  • Employers who are currently hiring 
    • This section provides links to organisations who are currently recruiting. You can filter the list by your region and click on individual employers to link directly with their jobs.
    • This list is updated daily to capture new opportunities. It is compiled by the Australian Government.
  • Australian Government jobs
    • This section provides a list of jobs boards for both state and federal government vacancies.

Jobs boards

You can also use jobs boards to link you with available vacancies.

This Jobs Board list provides links to national jobs boards, industry specific vacancies, and state and territory government recruitment sites.

Step 2: Research employers

Some of the jobs currently available might be very different from roles you have held in the past. The good news is that many of the same skills and attributes that you have used in past jobs are directly applicable to other jobs.

By researching the employers you want to work for you can understand how your skills can meet their needs.

How to research employers

To find out about employers, you can visit their website, their social media channels or talk to people you know who already work there.

Things to look for include:

  • What personal qualities they value in workers. Are they looking for people with great communication skills? People who are calm under pressure or who uphold the values of the organisation? For example, in the care sector, employers value workers with good communication skills who enjoy helping others.
  • Their minimum requirements in regards to skills and experience. For example, do you need a forklift license? Experience working in sales? A driver’s licence? First aid certificate?
  • The businesses’ values and priorities. What do they pride themselves on? Is it providing great customer service? Having strong community links?

For more information check out these resources:

Step 3: Tailor your application

Tailoring your application doesn’t just mean using your knowledge of the employer to personalise your résumé and cover letter (although that is important).

You also need to understand how and where specific employers recruit. That way you don’t waste time trying to connect with them via the wrong channels. For example, some employers only recruit through word of mouth, others through their website and others advertise vacancies on LinkedIn or through their social media channels. Knowing how and where they recruit can help you connect with their jobs.

You can explore the Jobs Hub website and use your research from Step 2 to help you with this.

Below is some more information to help you tailor your application:

Tips to applying online

  • Always follow the employer’s instructions on how they want you to apply. For example, if they ask you to submit a cover letter with a 1 page PDF résumé through their website, don't email them a six page word document.
  • You need to make sure you use the employer’s keywords so that your application isn’t rejected by their screening software. This software screens all applications and automatically rejects the ones that don’t meet the employer’s minimum requirements.
  • For more information see our article Tips for applying for jobs online.

Step 4: Preparing for interview

It’s important to do some preparation before you attend an interview (whether it is via Skype, phone or in person).

Being prepared for an interview means:

  • Re-reading your application so you know exactly what you have said to the employer.
  • Being ready to talk about your past jobs and how your experience is relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Think of examples of times you did well at work and achieved a good outcome for your employer and how these experiences could apply to this new role.
  • Think about your answers to common interview questions. Build your confidence by practising out loud with friends or family. Have some questions ready to ask at the end of the interview.
  • Presenting well. Smile, be polite and confident. Dress appropriately for the job (even for video interviews). Maintain appropriate eye contact and don’t fidget.
  • Following up after the interview and seeking feedback from the employer if you were unsuccessful.

For more tips on interviews:

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