Heading to Australia? – How to land that job interview

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A scatter-gun approach, desk bound attitude, poor social media presence or jobseeker burnout could all explain why your job search hasn’t yet produced any interviews, according to Diane Boyce, Senior Manager for Globalink at recruiting experts Hays.

“Job searching can be tiresome, especially when it feels as though you are spending all your time firing off applications with no results. Even the most determined job seekers can find themselves in this situation and often it’s because of a mistake they aren’t even aware of.”

A scatter-gun approach: If you are applying here, there and everywhere for any role which relates in some small way to your expertise and experience, without stopping to consider what you really want, checking that the position is right for you, and tailoring your application to show why you are right for the job, then you are unlikely to receive an interview. Hiring managers can spot a generic CV, your search should be about quality over quantity, take your time to read each job description and only apply for roles that are suited to you. Before you send each application, adapt your CV by removing information that isn’t relevant to the role and elaborating more upon the skills, experience and successes that do deem you suitable.

Your social media presence is letting you down: It’s not enough to have a LinkedIn profile that you update whenever you remember to. Savvy jobseekers use social media to its full potential when looking for a new job. This includes following the pages of the companies you would like to work for and keeping an eye out for vacancies, consistently engaging with your network by posting, liking, sharing and commenting on relevant content, connect with a recruiter (once you have updated your privacy settings) and starting a conversation.

You are hiding behind a keyboard: Remember the importance of face-to-face interaction when job searching. Start with your immediate network, then expand outwards. Sign up to free networking and industry events and meet with a recruiter. Hays Globalink have a team based in London focused on registering UK nationals and returning Australians for their job search in down under: During a face-to-face meeting, people get a better idea of who you are, what you are looking for, and the type of workplace that would suit you.

You have jobseeker burnout: Job searching can be tiring, especially when your efforts have been fruitless so far. This may spur you on to apply for even more roles, which will only serve to make you feel more drained. Adopt a more organised and balanced approach. Set aside time slots on days where you feel more alert, such as on the weekend or at the beginning of the week. Have breaks, see your friends, indulge in your hobby or go to the gym – the activity doesn’t matter as much as finding something that helps you unwind so you can resume your job search feeling rested and focused.

Once you have your VISA and plan in place for arrival into Australia, please contact the team at Hays Globalink for more advice on tel. 0203 465 0158.

By Diane Boyce, Senior Business Manager at Hays Globalink