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Where to find job vacancies
There are many different methods of job searching that can be adopted.
Positions that are advertised can be found in:
- Electronic Media – Internet, Touch Screen
- Publications – Gazette, Industry Magazines
- Notice Boards
- Employment Agencies
Positions that are not advertised can be found by:
- Networking – Family, Friends, Community
- Door Knocking
- Telephone Canvassing
- Bulk Mailouts
- Application Forms
Always remember to follow up!
When you respond to a job advertisement you may need to forward a resume and a letter of application. Your application letter is the first contact you will have with an employer. An employer will use it to help decide if you may be suitable for the position and invite you to attend an interview.
The application letter should refer to the job advertisement and position description (if there is one available to you), and briefly describe why you think you are suitable for the position. As your letter could be one of many received by the organisation, it should be brief and to the point. It is important to take time and care with your application letter, so that the layout is correct and all information is clear and easy to read. Your letter must be positive and relate directly to the position you are applying for.
Tips for writing an application letter
- Use short sentences and paragraphs
- Keep the length of your letter to approximately one page
- Mention that your resume is attached
- Make sure your letter is the original and not a photocopy
- Highlight your good points and suitability for the position
- Outline your personal talents, skills and achievements
- Check your letter very carefully for mistakes.
- Before writing the letter, find out as much information as you can about the position you are applying for.
- Plan what you want to put in your application.
- Write it as many times as you like, checking for spelling and grammar errors, have someone check it for you if possible.
- Write neatly; have it done on a computer if you can.
- Make sure it is printed on clean paper.
- Send copies of your details, never originals.
- Keep copies of your application letters.
Questions often asked by employers at interviews:
- What can you tell us about (company name) and the work we do?
Tell us about yourself and your current work situation?
- What are your plans for the future?
- Why did you apply for this position?
- Have you read the job description? Please tell us about your ability to carry out the duties described in the job description.
- Could you explain to us the strengths and skills you would bring to this position?
- Do you have any weaknesses?
- We are looking for a person with excellent customer service and communication skills. What do you feel are the most important elements of good service and communication in the work environment?
- Teamwork is an important element of our work place. Can you give us an example of how you have worked in a team environment?
- What other relevant experience do you have in regard to this position?
- Describe how you would handle a difficult situation that may arise in the workplace?
- If your application is successful when would you be able to start?
- Do you have any questions you would like to ask us about this position or our company?
Questions You Could Ask
“Have you any questions?”
Of all the questions an interviewer is likely to ask, this one is handled most poorly by job seekers. There is really no excuse to answer no. It is the best opportunity you will get to benefit from the results of your pre-interview preparation and sum up why you consider that you are suitable for the position.
- What are my future career prospects once I have demonstrated success in this position?
- What do you expect of the person who holds this position?
- What training will be given?
- When will you be making a decision?
- How will my performance be assessed?
- Failure to ask good questions about the position is ranked highly on the list of employer put offs.
Dress For Success
- Dress in your best for interviews, regardless of the dress code of the organisation.
- Make sure you are well groomed and neat.
- Do not overdo your dress, perfume or jewellery.
- Remember, first impressions are IMPORTANT.
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